As the temperatures rise, and winter jackets are being shed, so to should the clutter in your home. Here are some great tips on getting organized and cleaning your home chemical free.
MAKE A TODO LIST
Create a detailed to-do list for cleaning for each room in the house will keep you on task and organized. Plus each item you check off feels like a small victory!
MAKE IT A FAMILY EVENT
Spring cleaning is not a one-person job. Getting your family involved in an annual spring cleaning event can be a fun bonding experience. Make a list for each member of the family based on their ability level and preference. Give incentives towards finishing!
FOCUS ON ONE AREA AT A TIME
You will be able to get more done, more effectively, by focusing on one room/area at a time. If you try to multitask during cleaning, it can take you longer to get your chores done and leave you feeling like nothing was accomplished. Start with the more difficult areas to clean, such as the bathroom or kitchen, and then move to easier areas. This allows you to save some energy for the rest of the home.
Try to stay focused on each task, eliminating things that will slow down your productivity. Facebook, TV, and other unrelated activities can wait until after you’re done. Turn on some music and back away from the phone/computer.
Don’t be afraid to get rid of stuff. There are likely belongings built up over the years that no one uses anymore. Start “sell” and “donate” piles for items that are in good shape and a trash pile for items that are not worth keeping. You will be surprised how much better you’ll feel with the new space.
An organized home has been proven to reduce stress levels and create a relaxing atmosphere. Establish an organizing system that will work for you. Look into bringing order to your closet, cabinets, kitchen items, toys, office space, bills, and garage. No more piles!
After you have removed clutter and organized, it is time to roll up your sleeves and give your home a thorough scrubbing. Start with tackling more advanced cleaning job such as washing the inside of kitchen cabinets and drawers, cleaning the carpet, ceiling fans, windows, ovens, blinds, and fridge. Once those are done, move to daily or weekly tasks such as vacuuming, dusting, mopping, etc.
USE ESSENTIAL OILS
Certain essential oils such as Lemon, On Guard, Grapefruit, and Thyme contain powerful cleansing and purifying properties that make effective and safe cleaning agents. Baking soda is another great natural cleanser, plus your house with smell like citrus and not bleach!
Check Out How Essential Oils Can Help In Your Cleaning Routine:
Essential Soft Scrub Recipe
“I love cleaning with natural products. This soft scrub recipe is one of my absolute favorite natural cleaning recipes. I coat my kitchen sink with a little bit, let it sit for 10 minutes, and gently scrub it clean. It can be used in so many other places too. Happy cleaning!”
¾ rounded cup baking soda
¼ cup liquid Castile soap
1 tablespoon distilled water
8 drops dōTERRA Lemon essential oil
5 drops dōTERRA Lime essential oil
1. In a bowl, combine baking soda and Castile soap with a wire whisk.
2. Stir in water.
3. Add essential oils and whisk until smooth. Consistency should be a soft paste.
4. Store in an air tight container out of the sun.
Refrigerator and Microwave Cleaner
1 cup white vinegar
2 cups hot water
15 drops of Lemon essential oil
1. Combine the ingredients in glass spray bottle.
2. Spray mixture inside fridge or microwave, then scrub and wipe using damp cloth.
Stove Top Cleaner
¼ cup baking soda
¼ cup table salt
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons water
4–5 drops of Purify Cleansing Blend
1. Stir all ingredients together until they form a paste and spread it over the stove top and burners.
2. Leave it on for 15 minutes or longer for hard-to-remove stains.
3. Using a sponge, scrub the mixture into the grime.
4. Remove excess cleaner and wipe surface clean.
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Edited from Doterra Blog