5 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Pantry

When we think of spring cleaning we usually think of packing away clothes and washing the floors. Don’t forget to clean what’s behind your pantry door too! Get yours in tip top shape for the season with these great tips

1 – Start from scratch. Pull all of the items in the pantry out and put them on your counter so you can vacuum the floor and clean the shelves.

2 – Take inventory. See how many items you have, what can be donated, what is expired and decide which items are going to stay.

3 – Reorganize your shelves. Decide what is going where and stick to it. Put the kids snacks on the bottom shelf and the canned goods above. When you’re looking for what you need you’ll know exactly which shelf to go to.

4 – Consider using some baskets or plaster containers to help with your organization. If you buy snacks in bulk you can save space by emptying and recycling the large boxes and keep your snacks in a basket instead.

5 – Stick to it! Don’t let your hard work get ruined the next time you go grocery shopping. Keep your pantry in tip top shape by following these steps every couple of months.

6 Tips For Keeping Your Home Clean With Pets

At Princeton we love pets and we know our residents do too! Keeping a home clean is tough and adding pets to the mix makes the work load even tougher. Use these tips to keep your home squeaky clean for your whole family (including the 4 legged members!)

 

  1. Get your pets groomed regularly so they aren’t shedding as often on the furniture or carpets.

 

  1. Sweep and vacuum your floors daily to avoid letting pet hair build up.

 

  1. Use the attachment on your vacuum (or even a lint roller) to remove pet hair from furniture.

 

  1. Pet hair doesn’t always stay on the ground and on the couch. Make sure to dust your furniture regularly too.

 

  1. Make sure your pets paws are clean after going outside by keeping a towel by the door to wipe them.

 

  1. Keep plenty of cleaning supplies handy to clean up after messes or accidents immediately after they happen.

3 Tips for Cleaning Patio Furniture

It looks like spring might be here to stay (fingers crossed the snow is gone for the season)! Warmer weather means spending more time outdoors so it’s time to pull out the patio furniture. Depending on the type you have or what you need to clean, there are different ways to get them ready for the upcoming season.

 

  1. If you have mildew on your furniture, put some white vinegar in a spray bottle. By spraying the surface of the furniture you should be able to easily wipe away the mildew and the vinegar should also keep it from growing back.

 

  1. If your white, plastic lawn chairs are looking dingy try using bleach to get them looking their best. Mix ½ cup of bleach with a gallon of water and a little detergent. Wash the chairs with the solution and then towel dry.

 

  1. If your patio furniture is made of a more sensitive material, try using baking soda to get it clean. Wet a sponge then dip it into some baking soda. Wipe the stains with a circular motion until clean.

5 Tips for Keeping a Clean Bathroom

It’s probably everyone’s least favorite room in the house to clean, but it also needs it the most! Stop stressing about having a tidy bathroom by following these tips. They don’t take much time and your bathroom will never have a chance to get filthy!

 

  1. Choose one day a week to give the bathroom a deep clean. Put on your gloves and pull out the cleaning solvents to make your shower, tub and toilet sparkle.

 

  1. Once a week when you’re doing laundry, pull all of your bathroom linens (i.e. hand towels, rugs) and get them clean.

 

  1. Every morning take a couple minutes to wipe down the sink and faucet. Add it to your morning routine after you’ve brushed your teeth and it will keep your sink free from soap scum and toothpaste!

 

  1. Bathroom trash can be forgotten, especially if it’s hidden under a vanity. Don’t let yours overflow. Use a plastic grocery bag to line your trash can and pull the whole bag out and add it to your kitchen trash before you bring it outside.

 

  1. Sometimes we tend to forget about the floors in the bathroom too. Once a week (maybe when you’re doing laundry), pull out your swiffer or mop and wash your bathroom floors. That way you can lay bathroom rugs back onto a clean floor after they’ve been washed.

15 Things to Throw Away Today

January is a great time to refresh and reorganize things in your home. When you’re trapped inside on cold, snowy weekends why not use the time to get rid of some items that are causing clutter? If you can’t seem to figure out where to start, read below for a list of 15 items to get rid of right now!

 

  1. Newspapers and magazines you have already read
  2. Receipts that you don’t need
  3. Ticket stubs
  4. Any damaged clothing you can’t fix
  5. Expired food from your pantry
  6. Old paperwork or bills that don’t need to be filed
  7. Toiletries that are almost empty or have expired
  8. Manuals for electronics you don’t use or need
  9. Worn-out shoes
  10. Old or outdated computer software
  11. Books you’ve already read
  12. Toys your children or pets don’t play with
  13. Stained Tupperware
  14. Old bath towels
  15. Medicines that are expired or almost empty (make sure to dispose of properly)

Summer Cleaning and Organizing Checklist

We’re getting closer to the official start of summer and it’s time to start thinking about summer cleaning! Get ahead of the game by printing out this list so you can clean and organize everything in your home soon and spend more time in the sun!

  1. Switch out clothing to your summer clothing
  2. Wash and change your bedding to lighter blankets and comforters
  3. Change your furnace filter
  4. If you have window A/C units, change those filters as well
  5. Organize and clean out your pantry
  6. Wash all outdoor furniture
  7. Rotate or flip your mattress
  8. Locate and clean all summer/beach toys and gear
  9. Wash your bed pillows
  10. Wash & sweep your patio or porch