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Spring cleaning doesn't have to be a day-long task.
March has arrived, and spring isn't very far behind. This means it's time to tackle the chores you've been avoiding all winter, also known as spring cleaning. Even though it has a title that everyone is aware of, this task doesn't have to be as extensive and time-consuming as it's played out to be. In fact, there are plenty of simple ways you can turn your space into a spotless area in no time.
Here are a few tips for speeding up your spring cleaning duties without skimping out on quality.
Freshen up the microwave
Cleaning out the microwave can be a pain, especially when grease is caked on, making it almost impossible to scrub away. Instead of creating unwanted elbow grease out of this inconvenient chore, Good Housekeeping magazine suggested an easier method - place half of a lemon in a microwave-safe bowl with water and cook on high for three minutes. The steam will soften the food that's stuck on the interior, and the lemon-scent will freshen up your kitchen.
Reduce the clutter on your table
If you're looking for a simple way to reduce the clutter left all over your table, the source suggested keeping your table set at all times. Consider decorating with place mats and arranging a vase of flowers or a bowl of fruit in the middle of the table to bring everything together. The more often your table looks set, the less likely you'll want to add clutter and mess it up.
Get rid of garbage can odors
Taking your trash to the garbage can help you keep your home fresh and tidy, but what's the difference if your garbage can has a horrible scent that lingers every time you open the lid? To keep this from happening, take your garbage can outside and wash it out with a quick hose down. Then, sprinkle the bottom with baking soda to freshen it up and keep it stench-free!
Make the shower door sparkle
Does your shower door tend to look cloudy even after you've spent a handful of time scrubbing it? Women's Day magazine said the secret to making it sparkle and shine is with a teaspoon of lemon oil. Continue to do this twice a month for ultimate cleanliness.
Use a door-hanging organizer
Clutter tends to build up at the front door, no matter what season it may be. Think about all of the different shoes, hats and sweaters you'll be wearing in the springtime. Instead of throwing these things in the closet without a method for organization, consider hanging a plastic shoe rack on the closet door in your entry way. This is a great way to stash all of those small belongings that tend to build up clutter.
Create a cleaning kit
Instead of running around the house searching for certain sanitizers and cleaning sprays, Martha Stewart Living suggested creating a cleaning kit to carry around your home while you clean! Simply grab a bucket and fill it with cleaning sprays, sponges, towels, brushes and any other cleaning supplies you may need.
Tackle one room at a time
To avoid unfinished jobs, Style at Home suggested tacking one room at a time as you clean. This will keep you from getting distracted by other cleaning jobs that need accomplished and it'll keep you focused on the jobs within the room you're working on.
Spring cleaning doesn't have to take up your entire day. Consider these hacks when it's time to get those chores taken care of!