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Five Tips to Tackle Spring Cleaning Effectively & on a Budget

Do you feel overwhelmed by the idea of deep-cleaning your home in time for the warmer weather? Preparation and having all your supplies on hand is key, but here’s a tip: when a project seems too big to tackle, break it up into small, doable tasks that you can do in a reasonable amount of time. Then, find a way to fit each task into your day or week consistently. Plus, this year has an added bonus – Leap Year! Why not take advantage of this extra day by doing something productive that will benefit you for the rest of the year.

Here are five tips to make this year’s spring cleaning more manageable and easy on your budget. Feel free to break it up into smaller steps, if needed!

1. Gather the right tools

Before you start cleaning make sure you have all the tools you need on hand. Stopping and running to buy what you need will cost more time and money.

The good news is that your local Family Dollar has a variety of great cleaning supplies at low prices. I have found everything from gloves, microfiber cloths, sponges, scrubbers, brushes, brooms, mops, buckets and more!

Helpful tip: Use a microfiber cloth to reduce your scrubbing effort and gloves to protect your hands.

2. Get rid of clutter

Eliminate everything that you don’t love or that you haven’t used in the past year. Having too many things makes it more difficult to clean, therefore making it less likely for your home to be cleaned often.

Don’t forget to de-clutter these areas:

  • Closets
  • Toy bins
  • Car
  • Laundry room
  • Pet supplies
  • Purse and/or wallet
  • Kitchen cabinets

Then, organize what is left and give each item a home. That way, when it is time to clean up it is easier and quicker to do.

3. Use few products that have multiple uses

Instead of buying different products for each cleaning job, use a few effective ones that have many uses. I have a few favorites, like bleach, Oxy Stain Remover, vinegar and Extra Strength Ultimate Sponges.

To clean and deodorize your bathroom you can add ½ cup of bleach and a gallon of water and use the solution to clean, as well as use the bleach to whiten towels and bed sheets when doing laundry.

Family Dollar carries Oxy Stain Remover and it can be used not only to brighten laundry, but also as an effective carpet spot remover. To use it for carpet cleaning purposes:

  • Add ¼ scoop of Oxy Stain Remover to a gallon of water.
  • Remove excess liquid before treating stain.
  • Saturate stain and allow solution to stand 1-5 minutes.
  • Blot well with a white towel. Repeat as required.
  • Rinse with water and blot thoroughly.
  • Allow carpet to dry and then vacuum.

Another great product to have for a multitude of purposes, including cleaning, is vinegar. For streak-free windows mix 2 cups of water, 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar, and up to 1/3 teaspoon of liquid dish soap in a spray bottle.

And last, but not least, a favorite in my household that we use often and for different cleaning jobs is the Extra Strength Ultimate Sponge. It eliminates smudges, stains and crayon markings on surfaces, doors and baseboards, brightens kitchen appliances and cleans tile and grout.

4. Get the job done!

There is no way around it, you have to put in the work! All the preparation and planning will be worthwhile if you actually do the cleaning. And breaking it up into sections or jobs is how it becomes manageable.

Divide the tasks by room (bathrooms first, then closets, bedrooms, living areas) or by category (first, all baseboards, then floors, then windows, then furniture). If you can’t find a block of time that consists of a few hours, break it up into even smaller tasks that can be done in 30 minutes.

The most important tip is to actually get it done. Even if you have to do it in 30-minute intervals, or use four of your Saturday mornings for the job, just do it!

5. Renew spaces with simple changes

Sometimes all it takes to make a room look renewed is a good cleaning, but in other cases adding a couple of eye-pleasing details will do the trick.

For example, you can revive your bathroom by switching worn or faded hand towels and rugs for new ones. Family Dollar has a great variety of bath towel and bath rug sets with modern designs and pleasant colors to choose from, for less than $6!

Being mindful about not spending more money than planned and working diligently will help you tackle your spring cleaning project and finish it. Family Dollar has cleaning products, decorative items and storage containers to help you clean and organize without spending a fortune. Freshening up your house on a budget for the spring and summer is easier than you think!

By Denisse Icaza

TWITTER: @denisseicaza

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