Spring Cleaning Windows

You’ve cleaned the inside of your window frames and now it’s time to make those windows sparkle! Who’s ready?

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First, let’s gather our supplies:

  • Bucket
  • Soap
  • 2 Microfiber Cloths
  • Squeegee

Put a dab of soap (a “dab” is an exact measurement right?) in your bucket and fill with warm water. I suppose it doesn’t have to be warm but I don’t like my hands to freeze.

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Next, grab one of the microfiber cloths, dip it in the soapy water, wring it out so it’s not dripping wet, and wipe down the glass. My little guy was helping me so I could take pictures but he did such a great job that this might be added to his chore list :)

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Then put the rubber part of your squeegee at the top of the window and pull straight down in one motion. Move the squeegee to where it’s overlapping the dry portion slightly pull straight down again. Repeat until the entire glass has been dried.

You can also squeegee from side to side but my little helper will have to grow into that method. 

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Water will have accumulated at the bottom of the window. Just grab your second, dry microfiber cloth and wipe the water away.

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If you have tilt in windows, pull them in and follow the steps on the outer portion of the glass. If you don’t, then you can go outside and repeat the process. Or you can take the easy way out and just spray them with a garden hose!

And there you go! Beautifully clean windows that you can enjoy all Spring!

Your assignment for today:

By the way, I’d love to see what you accomplish today. Upload a pic to instagram and tag me in it (instagram.com/idreamofclean) so I can see! 

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Cleaning Window Frames – Part 2

You vacuumed the bugs, dirt, and cobwebs out of the window frames yesterday. I’m sure glad I didn’t have to touch any of that stuff, aren’t you?

Today we’re going to make those window frames sparkle like new!

When our windows are closed, the inside of the window frames are rarely noticeable; but when you raise up the window panes to let the fresh, spring air in, the last thing you want to see is dirt flying in. So, let’s get to work and clean those window frames!

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Cleaning Window Frames – Part 2

Supplies needed:

  • Bucket full of water
  • 1 Microfiber cloth
  • Q-tips
  • Toothbrush

Instructions:

Fill your bucket with water and wet your microfiber cloth. Wipe as much as the dust and debris from inside the window frame as possible. Definitely focus on the bottom but don’t forget the sides and top; you might be surprised about how dirty it is! Then, to get the frames sparkling, use an old toothbrush and Q-tip to wipe around the edges and all the groves. Rinse the microfiber cloth and give the frame a final wipe down.

Step back, sit down if you want, and enjoy the cool breeze while the window is up!

Then move on to the next window and repeat.

We’ll be tackling the glass tomorrow so get ready!

Your assignment for today:

By the way, I’d love to see what you accomplish today. Upload a pic to instagram and tag me in it (instagram.com/idreamofclean) so I can see! 

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Cleaning Window Frames – Part 1

I hope you’ve gathered all the supplies you need to wash windows because we’re going to start cleaning them today! Well, at least part of the windows.

As I mentioned yesterday, it’s kind of difficult to break window washing down into 5-15 minute chunks. We’re going through the steps this week, but if it makes more sense for you to clean an entire window top to bottom each day or tackle the entire project on a weekend, feel free to make it work for you!

cleaning window frames part 1

Cleaning Window Frames – Part 1

Since many windows frames are exposed to the elements, blocked only be a screen, they can get pretty clogged up with dirt and debris. Since I’m not one for touching all that grossness, I like to vacuum out as much as possible with a hose attachment.

Today’s task is to open each window and vacuum out as much dirt, cobwebs, bugs, etc. as you can from the window frame.  We’ll deep clean the window frame tomorrow so it looks brand new.

Of course I realize that breaking this step into two parts will cause you to open and close each window twice. If you’d rather vacuum and then scrub half of your windows today and half tomorrow, go for it!

If you have extra time today but want to stick to just using the vacuum, you can pull double duty and use the hose attachment to vacuum the floor corners and moldings too.

Your assignment for today:

By the way, I’d love to see what you accomplish today. Upload a pic to instagram and tag me in it (instagram.com/idreamofclean) so I can see! 

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Time to Tackle Windows

Who’s ready for a few days of window cleaning fun? Woohoo! 

Now I have to be honest and tell you that this is the task I’ve been dreading the most. Washing windows can actually be pretty easy, but washing window frames can sometimes be a challenge.

When we moved last year, we moved from a new house with new windows into an old house with old, dirty windows. I was spoiled in our previous house so I’ve been psyching myself up to tackle these. I’ve also been researching high and low to find the absolute easiest way to clean windows. I think I found it!

Window Cleaning Supplies

Preparing to Tackle Windows

Unless you live in one room, cleaning windows will more than likely take longer than fifteen minutes. Since I like to keep things short and sweet around here, I’m going to do my best to break this window cleaning gig into small chunks.

However, feel free to adjust as necessary. If you need to clean a room full of windows each day, feel free. If you want to follow along with me this week, great. If you’d rather tackle them all this weekend, perfect! Just make it work for you!

Our focus for the day will be getting the right tools to make window cleaning as easy as possible.

I didn’t have everything I needed to clean windows here at the house, so there’s a chance some of you may need to find a few supplies as well. Here’s what you’ll need:

WINDOW CLEANING SUPPLIES

Supplies needed to clean windows:

  • Bucket
  • Window cleaning soap
  • 2 Microfiber Cloths (One will be for washing and the other for drying.)
  • Window Squeegee (After searching several places, I found this one at the hardware store.)
  • Vacuum with a hose attachment
  • Q-tips
  • Toothbrush

That’s it. Do you think you can handle it? I sure hope so!

Gather up the supplies and we’ll begin tackling those windows first thing tomorrow!

Your assignment for today:

By the way, I’d love to see what you accomplish today. Upload a pic to instagram and tag me in it (instagram.com/idreamofclean) so I can see! 

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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How to Spring Clean Blinds

Isn’t it more fun to look out your windows when they’re clean?! Well, we’ll get to the windows later this week. But for now, let’s spring clean those blinds. We don’t want our soon to be sparkling windows to be blocked by dirty blinds, so let’s get to work…

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How to Spring Clean Blinds

There are a few ways to clean blinds so I’m going to give you several options depending on how dirty your blinds are.

Please note that I’m linking to a couple of products in this post for demonstration purposes. They contain affiliate links which basically gives me a few pennies to keep this site going if you happen to purchase though the links. But please know these tools are available at big box stores too which means you can go them them today! :)

If your blinds are just dusty…

  • A handy, dandy tool like this one (for wooden blinds) or this one (for mini blinds) is superb! The pronged approach to the duster makes it a breeze to clean wooden blinds.
  • You can also wrap a fabric softener sheet, a soft cloth sprayed with fabric softener, or a microfiber cloth around a long thin object like a ruler or table knife. Slide the ruler in between each blind and watch the dust almost jump onto the fabric. It’s more time consuming to dust each blind individually, but you don’t have take them down and it’s very effective!
  • The vacuum is an amazing time-saving tool! If you have a brush attachment for your vacuum, use it to clean your blinds! Just close the blinds and run the attachment side-to-side. Open and shut the slats the other direction and repeat.

If your blinds need to be deep cleaned…

  • You can slide aluminum blinds out of the mounts and place the blinds in a bathtub full of warm water and vinegar. Then scrub gently with a soft cloth or brush. Drain the tub and let the blinds air-dry.
  • On a warm, spring day you can take those same sturdy, aluminum blinds outside to clean. Just lay them flat on the ground in a row and use the sprayer on a garden hose to wash the dust away. Flip and repeat. Let the sun dry the blinds before putting back up.

I hope you take a little time to spring clean your blinds today. Then let me know when you’re finished!

Your assignment for today:

By the way, I’d love to see what you accomplish today. Upload a pic to instagram and tag me in it (instagram.com/idreamofclean) so I can see! 

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Spring Clean Your Curtains

Welcome to window week here on Spring Cleaning 365! Cleaning windows are not exactly my favorite chore around the house, but I try motivate myself to clean them at least once a year. I hope you will too!

We’re going to kick off our week by spring cleaning the curtains. Here are a a few tips.

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Spring Clean Your Curtains

If you have curtains dressing up your windows, you have a few options should you decide to clean them.

You can wash curtains.

  • Take them down and either wash using the delicate cycle of your washing machine or hand-wash in the sink. Depending on the quality, sturdiness, and material of your fabric you may or may not want to wash your curtains.

You can vacuum your curtains.

  • If you have a vacuum with an upholstery attachement, a quick once over should get the majority of the dust off your curtains.

You can use a lint roller on your curtains.

  • For the laziest (ahem…I mean busiest) of us, rolling a simple lint roller of the fabric is a quick and easy way to remove dust from curtains.

Whichever way you choose, a good spring cleaning of your curtains is fantastic once a year task :)

Your assignment for today:

By the way, I’d love to see what you accomplish today. Upload a pic to instagram and tag me in it (instagram.com/idreamofclean) so I can see! 

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Bit Literacy: Productivity in the Age of Information and E-mail Overload

Do you have email overload? I sure do! It’s actually one of the clutter spots we’re going to cover in the upcoming clutter course because I’m pretty sure it’s a universal problem!

Until then, you may be interested in a book called Bit Literacy. The author gives very practical advice on how to cull information overload and organize the information you do need in an organized manner. I know I need all the help I can get in the department!

It’s worth getting and at least scanning because the kindle version is free :)

Bit Literacy

Here’s a quick recap of the books I’ve mentioned so far this year:

If you’re a reader, I can’t recommend these books enough! Try reading in iBooks or the Kindle to stay clutter-free.

Now on to our daily task…

Write down every single thing that you need to accomplish this week. Then schedule those things (but make sure they’re the RIGHT things) on your calendar. That way you’ll know WHEN you will accomplish those things on your to-do list.

It will be 5-15 minutes well spent!

Your assignment for today:

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Dust and Clean TV’s, Tablets, Phones, Monitors

Today’s task is an easy one as far as manual labor goes. We’re going to take a few minutes to dust and clean any and all electronic devises we have around the house. 

Dust and Clean TV’s, Tablets, Phones, Monitors

Grab a microfiber cloth or a cleaner specifically made for electronics and get to work…dust and clean your TV’s, iPad’s, Kindle’s, iPods, phones, computer monitors, etc., etc., etc.

Whew! There are a lot of options! 

clean your electronic devices

The electronic devices I have at my house collect a ton of dust and I find tiny fingerprints all of them too! That means I have to clean them quite often.

What better time to clean them then today? Just in time for a fun-filled weekend that (hopefully) doesn’t include electronics. We are going to be outside enjoying this beautiful weather and I hope you are too! 

Your assignment for today:

By the way, I’d love to see what you accomplish today. Upload a pic to instagram and tag me in it (instagram.com/idreamofclean) so I can see! 

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Dust and Vacuum Lamp Shades

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Yesterday you dusted your light fixtures and washed your light globes. Let’s wrap up our spring cleaning session today by dusting lamp shades.

Dust and Vacuum Lamp Shades

Removing the dust from your lamp shades is often overlooked, but it’s actually pretty easy. Here are 3 easy methods for cleaning your lamp shades:

  1. use a duster or microfiber cloth,
  2. roll a lint roller over the shade, or
  3. use a vacuum attachment to get the dust off your lamp shades.

Easy, right?

Your assignment for today:

By the way, I’d love to see what you accomplish today. Upload a pic to instagram and tag me in it (instagram.com/idreamofclean) so I can see! 

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Spring Clean Light Fixtures

I don’t know when one would spring clean light fixtures except during the traditional spring cleaning season. So let’s take advantage of that today and  dust, clean, and shine our light fixtures!

Spring Clean Light Fixtures

I don’t know what it is about light fixtures, but bugs seem to be attracted to them. Or is that just at my house? As you walk around your home today, pay attention to your lamps and light fixtures. I bet you’ll find at least one with a cobweb or bug. Eeew!

spring clean light fixtures

Depending on how much time you have today, set your timer for 5-15 minutes, grab a duster and maybe even your vacuum hose or handheld vacuum. Start in one room and do the following before moving on to the next room:

  • Eliminate dust that’s accumulated on each light.
  • Use your vacuum attachment to remove cobwebs, bugs, or debris that isn’t easily removed with a duster.
  • Take note of light fixtures with globes that could benefit from a good hand scrubbing. Then clean the globes using this technique

That’s it! 

Your assignment for today:

By the way, I’d love to see what you accomplish today. Upload a pic to instagram and tag me in it (instagram.com/idreamofclean) so I can see! 

Check in when you’re finished in the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group, in the comment section here, or on Facebook. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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