Spring Clean and Organize Your Freezer

Since we cleaned the refrigerator yesterday, it seems appropriate to clean and organize the freezer today, right? Let’s get started!

spring cleaning the freezer

Supplies Needed:

all purpose cleaner

kitchen dishcloth

Instructions to Spring Clean and Organize Your Freezer:

1. Dump the ice

Every once in a while I like to clean out the ice container. Liquids spill making a mess and people sometimes grab ice with dirty hands, so it just makes me feel better to occasionally clean the ice container. Plus, dumping it in the sink and placing your frozen food in it helps to keep it cold while cleaning out the freezer!

To clean the ice container, dump the old ice out and wash in the sink or wipe down with an all-purpose cleaner.

By the way, if your ice has an odor or bad taste, it could be caused by food odor, bad water supply or an old water filter. One way to tell if it’s caused by food or water is to dump the ice and clean out the freezer. If the bad taste comes back, you should probably check your water.

2. Scrub away

Remove the food from your refrigerator and store it on/in the ice bucket you created in your sink. Then clean the shelves and freezer walls just like you did the refrigerator. You just need a good cloth or sponge, an all-purpose cleaner, and a handy dandy scraper for tough to remove gunk.

My best tip for this is to work fast so your food doesn’t thaw!

3. Re(Stock) the freezer

It’s time to put everything back!

Take note of the food you have when you’re placing everything back in the freezer. I usually just make mental notes but I’m sure a truly organized person would write down the exact food, how much they have and what shelf it’s on! Either way, it’s good to know what you have so you can begin to incorporate the items into your meal plan.

Do you’re best to categorize the food you’re placing back in the freezer:  veggies on one shelf, meat on another, etc. It will help tremendously when you’re looking for something specific.

By the way, if you need some ideas on how to stock your freezer with meals, you can find lot of healthy “real food” recipes in this freezer cookbook, double up on your eMeals menu, or you could finally try once a month cooking! I’m a big fan of all three options!

Have fun cleaning your freezer today! 

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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Wipe Out Your Refrigerator

As we focus on the large appliances in our kitchen this week, I can’t think of a more used item than the refrigerator. If you have time for a deep clean today, then you can read my suggestions for deep cleaning a refrigerator.

However, if you don’t have time for a deep clean right now, don’t let that stop you! Just take a few minutes to straighten up your refrigerator!

spring cleaning the refrigerator

 

Supplies Needed:

Instructions to Wipe Out Your Refrigerator

  • Set your timer for 5-15 minutes.
  • Pull out old or moldy food hidden in the back of the fridge and dump it in the trash can. Congrats to you if you don’t have this problem!
  • Wipe off the shelves with an all purpose cleaner and cleaning cloth. Just scoot the food over to one side as you clean. If you’re extra motivated, you can take everything out of the fridge before you clean it out.
  • Replace food in an orderly manner.
  • Pat yourself on the back for a job well done!

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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Clean the Microwave

We’re touching up some areas around the kitchen this week. So how about tackling the microwave today? Of course we all know that it’s easy to keep your microwave clean if you wipe it out after every use. I’m pretty sure very few people actually put that into practice! For those of us in the latter group, let’s take 5 minutes today to clean our microwave.
how to clean a microwave

Supplies Needed:

  1. water
  2. microwave save cup/bowl
  3. lemon juice or vinegar
  4. kitchen dishcloth

Instructions to easily clean your microwave:

  • Fill a microwave safe cup or bowl with water and microwave on high until the water boils (4-5 minutes). If you’d like to use a bit of natural disinfectant, use half vinegar in place of the water. You can also add a squirt of lemon juice for a fresh scent.
  • After the water boils, keep the microwave door closed for a few minutes so the steam can soften the gunk.
  • Using a damp rag (feel free to use some of the warm water from the bowl) to clean the microwave. For extra tough spots, a kitchen scraper works wonders!
  • Wash the glass tray in the sink, or just stick in in the dishwasher to let it do the work for you!

This is such an easy task that it can be done while your cooking. Or snacking. Or chatting it up with your family :)

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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Clean Your Dishwasher

When is the last time you cleaned your dishwasher? If it’s been over a month, then it’s time! Let’s take some time this week to clean some of the major appliances in the kitchen. 

Ready?

Good!

step by step instructions on how to clean a dishwasher

Supplies Needed:

  • Old toothbrush or a scrub brush like these deep clean brushes good for all kinds of cleaning tasks.
  • Plastic bag (optional)
  • Paper towel
  • Vinegar

Instructions on how to clean your dishwasher:

1. Using an old tooth brush, scrub the following areas of your dishwasher:

  • around the door frame (pay particular attention to where the the bottom of the door hinges)
  • in the detergent dispenser
  • behind the silverware rack
  • under the float valve (that thing in the bottom of the dishwasher that just seems to be in the way)
  • around any plastic parts that connect to the bottom or top of the dishwasher
  • inside the door vent (if it comes off, you may be surprised what you find in there!)

2. Depending on how much debris is left after scrubbing, you may want to wipe it up with a paper towel.

If you’re really grossed out (like I am…it makes me want to gag!), use a plastic grocery store bag as a barrier between your hand and the paper towel.

3. After cleaning the above areas, use an all-purpose spray to clean around the door frame.

4. Place a cup full of vinegar in the top rack of your empty dishwasher and run it on the hottest cycle possible.

This will disinfect the dishwasher. If you aren’t anti-bleach and you have a serious mold/mildew problem in your dishwasher, you could just dump a cup full of bleach in the bottom of your dishwasher during the cycle instead of vinegar. Just keep in mind that it should be used periodically and never on a dishwasher with a stainless steel interior door.

5. Refill the rinse aid dispenser (vinegar works great) and enjoy your newly cleaned dishwasher! 

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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The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness

If you need motivation to achieve a goal in any area of your life, read The Slight Edge

Seriously.

I finally downloaded this book on my Kindle reading app and I can’t believe it took me so long. It’s a simple, easy, must-read! A top 10 for sure!

the slight edge

I’m going to give you a full review next week, but feel free to read the reviews on Amazon until then :)

Here’s a recap of the books I’ve recommended so far:

If you’re a reader, I can’t recommend these books enough! Try reading in iBooks or the Kindle to stay clutter-free.
You can read eBooks on most devices using the FREE Kindle Reading App!

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:

  • Continue working on habit #7.
  • Schedule your to do list on your calendar.

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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Weekly Review and Catch Up

Did you find any lost long gadgets under your furniture this week? What about a handful of change lost under the couch cushions? If so, you should totally use that change to reward yourself with a large mocha latte! :) Kick your feet up and enjoy it!

Of course, if you need to catch up on a few tasks or you prefer to save your cleaning for the weekend, here’s a recap of what we’ve covered this week:

Then when you’re finished, you can enjoy that reward. It will be worth it!

A little bit each day goes a long way to keeping a clean and organized home.

Drop me a note on Facebook, the comment section here, or the Spring Cleaning 365 accountability group! I’d love to hear from you!

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Spring Clean your Wood Floors

To keep building good habits, we going to continue our Friday Floors routine this week. 

Last week we deep cleaned our carpets.

Today we’re going to focus on hardwood floors. For the purpose of this post and our task for the day, “Hardwood” can mean real hardwood, engineered hardwood, laminant, plank, parquet, or bamboo flooring. Basically, hard surfaced floors that aren’t tile, linoleum or concrete.

deep clean hardwood floors

Spring Clean Your Wood Floors

 

Supplies Needed:

Instructions:

You may have vacuumed your hardwood floors the other day when you were vacuuming the carpet, but there’s a pretty good chance they’re dirty again.

  • So. First things first. Give your hardwoods a good once over with a broom or a floor duster.
  • As you’re going over the floor, pay attention to areas where food or debris have fallen and stuck to the floor. Surely that happens to more than just me! If you see something, gently rub a nylon pan scraper (or a credit/debit card in a pinch) along the floor so the dried gunk just pops up. It should be super simple!
  • Then mop/dry mop with a product made for your specific flooring. If you’re extra motivated, feel free to get down on your hands and knees so you can really see the dirt.
  • Finally, buff the floor with microfiber cloth by rubbing the cloth in a circular motion on your floor. Personally, I would never take the time to do this…but if you’re up for it, buff away!! 

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 Polish your Wood Furniture

We’ve been having some issues with our air conditioner in the attic. My husband and I climbed up a ladder into the attic to check it out the other day. While he was troubleshooting the problem, I stopped myself on the ladder and noticed all the dust sitting on top of our furniture.

There are a couple of shelving units near the attic door that reach a foot below the ceiling. They NEVER get dusted. It was quite obvious as I was standing on that ladder. 

I don’t plan to bring a ladder out every time I dust. But I am going to be more mindful of the areas I can reach. I’m almost certain there’s dust at eye level I’ve been missing for years. 

Perhaps the same is true for you too!

Let’s dust and polish our furniture today. And try not to miss too many spots :)

dust your furniture

Supplies Needed:

Instructions:

Grab a microfiber cloth and go over all surfaces in you home including ceiling fans, end tables, coffee tables, bookshelves, mantles, etc. to remove as much dust as possible. 

Then, if you have extra time, make those surfaces shine! Use wood polish to condition wood and glass cleaner to shine mirrors and glass.

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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Spring Clean your Mirrors and Glass

clean mirror

Spring Clean Your Mirror and Glass

Supplies Needed:

Instructions:

Set your timer for 5-15 minutes depending on how much time you have. Then go around to every mirror in your home to clean it until it’s streak free. Then tackle all of the glass tables. Finally, if you’re still motivated, feel free to wipe down the inside of your windows.

Easy as can be!

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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Spring Clean your Cloth Furniture

If you have small kids at home, you might find a few toys tucked away in the furniture. If you snack on your couch, there’s a huge probability there are crumbs under you couch cushions. If you have a family member who keeps pockets full of change, you just mind find a few dollars to put away for a rainy day. If you don’t know what’s under your couch cushions, it’s time to look. We’re vacuuming furniture today!


spring clean your furniture

Supplies Needed:

Instructions:

Even though this task requires you to haul out your vacuum again, it’s a pretty easy task.  

Vacuum your furniture:

  • Grab your vacuum and pull out the hose attachment.
  • Remove the cushions from chairs and sofas.
  • Use the hose attachment to remove debris from the corners.
  • Use a flat attachment to vacuum the surface of each piece of furniture.

Spot clean furniture:

  • Follow the instructions on your upholstery & cloth cleaner
  • Be sure to test an inconspicuous area first.

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!  Affiliate links included.

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