For the past two weeks, I’ve been avoiding my closet. It desperately needs to be organized and cleaned for spring. In fact, I need to do an overhaul across the entire house – from the kid’s rooms to the kitchen.
That’s right. It’s time for spring cleaning.
I’ll admit that I’m not the best at this. Cleaning and organizing is not my forte. I love the way a clean and organized house looks and smells, but with two kids, two cats and all my piles, it’s hard to get it together.
But I have a great list (thanks to Harris Teeter!) of things to do.
First I’m going to freshen up our mattress. I’ve never done this but I LOVE the idea and it’s super easy.
Mix 1/3 cup of baking soda along with 3-4 drops of essential oil (anything calming will work, like lavender). Sprinkle the mixture all over your mattress and allow to sit for 30 minutes. Next, vacuum it up with the hose attachment on your vacuum. Easy peasy.
Next, I’m going to organize my refrigerator. (My husband will be SO happy!)
It won’t be fun, but once done, the reward is huge! Start with a blank slate. Take everything out, and wipe down all of the shelves with household cleaner. Next, begin by re-loading door-shelves. Check every item for expiration date before putting it back. Combine bottles together if you have multiples; chuck items that you know you won’t use before they go bad. Group items by size and/or purpose. Love hot sauces? Dressings? Make sure they are all grouped together!
Next, fill up your drawers – one suggestion is to use a drawer each for veggies, meats, and dairy. Be sure to put things like onions in a basket so loose peels don’t scatter around your clean fridge! Finally, fill in the shelves. Voila! You’re done.
One other thing I’m going to do is organize all the plastic bags in our pantry. It’s a nightmare. (Yes, yes we own reusable bags, but we have cats and that requires changing the kitty litter. Plastic bags are perfect for that!)
This idea is BRILLIANT (and why haven’t I thought of this before?)
Corral your grocery bags in this upcycled tissue box. To make, simply stuff an empty tissue box with your grocery bags. Next time you need a bag, you know right where to go. Once your box is full, drop off extra bags in the Harris Teeter bin for recycling!
Spring isn’t just about cleaning and organizing your house. It’s about health and beauty too. Harris Teeter is offering up all sorts of ideas over on their Clean Spring website for DIY stuff and yummy recipes. PLUS you have the opportunity to enter to win some awesome prizes!
This post was sponsored by Harris Teeter. All opinions are my own.