Spring cleaning tips and tricks

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By: Kelly Zugay

About a month ago, Ben and I marked a Spring Cleaning Weekend on our calendars... and suddenly I've realized our Spring Cleaning Weekend is happening this weekend! (Cue Scary Music)

Despite having lots of work ahead, spring cleaning has to be one of my favorite things to do. I love the feeling of a fresh start, a clean house, and the satisfaction of making sure we have only what we need.

I love the feeling of a fresh start, a clean house, and the satisfaction of making sure we haveonly what we need.

If you're going to be spring cleaning, too, I recommend taking a peek at a couple of my favorite resources for living simply:Un-Fancy and The Minimalists! Both resources share a lot of amazing content — all about living simply and doing more by having less. Definitely worth reading!

SPRING CLEANING

We wouldn't be prepared for our Spring Cleaning Weekend without a plan. Here are a few of my favorite tips for spring cleaning:

  1. Clean room by room. Spring cleaning can be overwhelming when you think of your entire house. By cleaning room by room, you'll allow yourself to feel accomplished when each room has been cleaned.
  2. Clean from the top down. When dusting shelves and cleaning cabinets, you may find yourself getting the messy all over again. Clean high up surfaces first, so you can finish up by cleaning or vacuuming the floor.
  3. Get organized. As you're cleaning, be mindful of what you want to keep and what you want to donate. Create and fill a donation box along the way. When we're finished cleaning our house, it's super easy — and rewarding — to pack up the boxes and bring them to Goodwill for donating!
  4. Use natural cleaning products, if possible. I'm a big fan of using natural cleaning products, for overall safety and wellness. (This is my favorite multi-surface cleaning product!)
  5. Let the fresh air in. The best part about spring is finally being able to open windows and let fresh air in. I love the feeling of a spring breeze coming through our house.

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Get Organized
Whether with a streamlined app or the prettiest paper and pen, planning your spring cleaning will make every step easier to conquer. 

Smythson Grosvenor Jotter, $385, smythson.com; Smythson Panama Collection Mid-Year Portobello Agenda, $305, smythson.com
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Whether with a streamlined app or the prettiest paper and pen, planning your spring cleaning will make every step easier to conquer. 

Bower Tipsy Writer, $35, beambk.com
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Get Organized
Whether with a streamlined app or the prettiest paper and pen, planning your spring cleaning will make every step easier to conquer. 

Clear organization app, $5, realmacsoftware.com
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Get Organized
Whether with a streamlined app or the prettiest paper and pen, planning your spring cleaning will make every step easier to conquer. 

Rifle Paper Co. 2016 Folk Wall Calendar, $12, artsymodern.com
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Lay the Groundwork
A deceptively powerful lightweight vacuum and efficient steamer will let you set a squeaky-clean foundation. A bright, new rug will light up your space, and a touchless trash bin will help ensure your messes stay contained. 

Dyson V6 Absolute Cordless vacuum, $600, dyson.com
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Lay the Groundwork
A deceptively powerful lightweight vacuum and efficient steamer will let you set a squeaky-clean foundation. A bright, new rug will light up your space, and a touchless trash bin will help ensure your messes stay contained. 

Shark S3901 Lift-Away Professional Steam Pocket Mop, $98, 
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Lay the Groundwork
A deceptively powerful lightweight vacuum and efficient steamer will let you set a squeaky-clean foundation. A bright, new rug will light up your space, and a touchless trash bin will help ensure your messes stay contained. 

Shelley Hesse Paradise Found rug, from $98, anthropologie.com
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Lay the Groundwork
A deceptively powerful lightweight vacuum and efficient steamer will let you set a squeaky-clean foundation. A bright, new rug will light up your space, and a touchless trash bin will help ensure your messes stay contained. 

SimpleHuman Semi-Round sensor trash can, $150, simplehuman.com
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Treat your Surfaces
Having the right tools for every room makes cleanup a breeze. Caldrea’s full line of solutions covers all your basic needs, while the finishes from Skidmore’s bring back the luster to wood and leather furniture. For light dusting, a sleek horsehair brush set and ostrich feather duster do the trick with style. 

Caldrea Cleaning Essentials Set, $75, caldrea.com
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Treat your Surfaces
Having the right tools for every room makes cleanup a breeze. Caldrea’s full line of solutions covers all your basic needs, while the finishes from Skidmore’s bring back the luster to wood and leather furniture. For light dusting, a sleek horsehair brush set and ostrich feather duster do the trick with style. 

Workshop Table Brush Set, $36, 
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Treat your Surfaces
Having the right tools for every room makes cleanup a breeze. Caldrea’s full line of solutions covers all your basic needs, while the finishes from Skidmore’s bring back the luster to wood and leather furniture. For light dusting, a sleek horsehair brush set and ostrich feather duster do the trick with style. 

Vineyard Tea Towel by Thomas Paul, $48 for 2, food52.com
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Treat your Surfaces
Having the right tools for every room makes cleanup a breeze. Caldrea’s full line of solutions covers all your basic needs, while the finishes from Skidmore’s bring back the luster to wood and leather furniture. For light dusting, a sleek horsehair brush set and ostrich feather duster do the trick with style. 

Skidmore’s Restoration Cream, from $3, skidmores.com; Skidmore’s Liquid Beeswax Woodfinish, from $19, skidmores.com
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Treat your Surfaces
Having the right tools for every room makes cleanup a breeze. Caldrea’s full line of solutions covers all your basic needs, while the finishes from Skidmore’s bring back the luster to wood and leather furniture. For light dusting, a sleek horsehair brush set and ostrich feather duster do the trick with style. 

The Line White Ostrich Feather Duster, $44, theline.com
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Love Your Linens
Change out your winter bed sheets for a fresh new set of fine linen, which keeps you cool in warm weather and softens with wear. A finely fragranced detergent makes clean clothes feel like an indulgence, and a colorful basket to toss worn items into will make it easy to keep tidy. For a truly special upgrade to your laundry regimen, consider the at-home LG Styler which steams clothes. You’ll never need to go to the cleaners again. 

The Laundress Le Labo Signature Detergent in Santal 33, $45, barneys.com
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Love Your Linens
Change out your winter bed sheets for a fresh new set of fine linen, which keeps you cool in warm weather and softens with wear. A finely fragranced detergent makes clean clothes feel like an indulgence, and a colorful basket to toss worn items into will make it easy to keep tidy. For a truly special upgrade to your laundry regimen, consider the at-home LG Styler which steams clothes. You’ll never need to go to the cleaners again. 

West Elm Graphic Printed Hamper, $189, for information: westelm.com
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Love Your Linens
Change out your winter bed sheets for a fresh new set of fine linen, which keeps you cool in warm weather and softens with wear. A finely fragranced detergent makes clean clothes feel like an indulgence, and a colorful basket to toss worn items into will make it easy to keep tidy. For a truly special upgrade to your laundry regimen, consider the at-home LG Styler which steams clothes. You’ll never need to go to the cleaners again. 

Parachute Linen Venice Set, from $199, parachutehome.com
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Love Your Linens
Change out your winter bed sheets for a fresh new set of fine linen, which keeps you cool in warm weather and softens with wear. A finely fragranced detergent makes clean clothes feel like an indulgence, and a colorful basket to toss worn items into will make it easy to keep tidy. For a truly special upgrade to your laundry regimen, consider the at-home LG Styler which steams clothes. You’ll never need to go to the cleaners again. 

LG Styler, $1,599, for information: lg.com
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Add a Finishing Touch
Seasonal, home-delivered flowers will make your space come alive. Run an air purifier like Airocide’s, which deploys NASA-developed technology to keep airborne impurities at bay, and spray a light mist of a floral fragrance to take your home from clean to dreamy. 

Petal by Pedal Fresh Flowers, from $65, petalbypedal.com
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Add a Finishing Touch
Seasonal, home-delivered flowers will make your space come alive. Run an air purifier like Airocide’s, which deploys NASA-developed technology to keep airborne impurities at bay, and spray a light mist of a floral fragrance to take your home from clean to dreamy. 

Airocide APS-200 Air Purifier, $599, houzz.com
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Add a Finishing Touch
Seasonal, home-delivered flowers will make your space come alive. Run an air purifier like Airocide’s, which deploys NASA-developed technology to keep airborne impurities at bay, and spray a light mist of a floral fragrance to take your home from clean to dreamy. 

Diptyque Tubéreuse Room Spray, $51, diptyqueparis.eu
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