Spring is the season of new beginnings, and what better way to celebrate that than with a deep cleaning of your home. While it may not be the most exciting part of the season — warmer weather is definitely a perk — spring cleaning is much appreciated after it’s all said and done. The feeling of satisfaction knowing that every nook and corner of your home is sparkling clean, decluttered and reorganized is a great way to start the season.
Whether you dread the daunting task or can’t wait to get started, we’ve got you covered with a spring cleaning checklist for each room of your home (print the checklist here) plus ideas on how to deep clean, organize and refresh your whole house. So roll up those sleeves, break out the rubber gloves and put on your cleaning motivation playlist and let’s get scrubbing.
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Clean It – Bathroom
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Clean It – Common Areas
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Clean It – Exterior
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A few tips on how to deep clean your home:
- Stock up on cleaning supplies: Pick up extra sponges, gloves, trash bags, paper towels and your favorite cleaners.
- Pick the best day for certain tasks: Cleaning windows is better on an overcast day than a bright sunny one where the sun can leave streaks on your shiny and clean windows. Pick a rainy day for indoor cleaning, so you’re not looking out longingly at a bright beautiful day calling your name.
- Vinegar can be used for everything: From windows and toilets to countertops and eliminating odors, make sure you’ve always got vinegar on hand for cleaning. Combine vinegar with baking soda for scrubbing power or essential oils for a scented all-purpose cleaner.
- Make a schedule: Spring cleaning can be daunting, but don’t let the amount of cleaning scare you away. Make a realistic and attainable schedule, so you can tackle it at a pace that works for you.
- Work from the top to the bottom: Start with ceiling fans and tops of shelves and bookcases to let the dust settle and then vacuum or clean your floors last.
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Does this appliance have a “unique” smell every time you open it? Clean out the fridge thoroughly by emptying its contents and tossing out the old takeout and leftovers you forgot existed. Then take out removable drawers and shelves, cleaning them with warm water and dish soap like Mrs. Meyers. This non-toxic and food-safe cleaner can be used to wipe the interior of your fridge, so it looks good as new!
Cleaning your microwave is simple with 1 cup of water, a few tablespoons of vinegar and a few slices of lemon. Just microwave until it boils and the window steams up. Then wipe clean. For tough grease stains or stuck-on spaghetti splatter, try using Mr. Clean Clean Freak Spray on the door of the microwave if you need a little extra muscle.
Stop ignoring that burning smell from your oven and use Easy-Off Oven Cleaner to dissolve those pesky baked-on spills and grease stains. This fume-free version is easy to use and dissolves most messes in minutes. Spray, wipe clean and you’re done!
Glass Cook Top
Make that cook top sparkle and shine like new with this cook top cleaning kit from Weiman. It comes with cleaner and polish to remove burned-on foods, as well as a scrubbing pad and scraper for the most stubborn of spills.
If not cleaned regularly, drip pans on an electric stove can get pretty messy (we’re all guilty of it). Cut through cooked-on stains easily with Bar Keepers Friend, which will remove the toughest of stains on drip pans, cookware, kitchen appliances and even stainless steel. This all-purpose cleaner will restore the shine to those drip pans and make them look brand new.
Stainless Steel Appliances
Attack pesky fingerprints and smudges on your stainless steel appliances with Affresh Stainless Steel Cleaning Spray. The streak-free formula applies a fine mist for even coverage to remove residue and make your appliances shine like new.
Don’t forget the appliance responsible for more tolerable mornings — your coffee maker! White vinegar is great for cleaning this all-important small appliance that gets used once, twice or more every day — no judgement on your caffeine intake! Just pour up to 4 cups of vinegar in the reservoir, let stand for 30 minutes, and then run through a brewing cycle. Refill the reservoir with water and run brewing cycles until you no longer smell the vinegar.
Vinegar can also be used to clean your Keurig coffee maker, but if you’d like to take your cleaning a step further, try the Keurig descaling solution. This will remove any calcium deposits that can build up over time in your brewer. It should be done every 3-6 months.
Granite and Marble Countertops
Get a streak-free shine on your granite countertops with the Williams & Sonoma Countertop Spray. It comes in a variety of scents and reviewers say it’s better than competing granite cleaners.
With all that water, you’d think the sink would be pretty clean, but it’s actually a breeding ground for bacteria in your kitchen. Sanitize that sink and make it shine like new with a soap-dispensing scrub brush and either mild dish soap and hot water or baking soda and vinegar, depending on the type of sink.
Your garbage disposal sees some gross stuff, so be sure you give it a good clean with Glisten Disposer Care Cleaner. The powerful foaming formula gives it a deep clean removing grime and the abrasive packet helps remove build up, leaving your disposal smelling fresh and clean.
Kitchen cabinets are expensive and should be taken care of to keep their look and integrity. Unfortunately, you may not clean them as regularly as you need to and grease and grime will build up over time. Use a Parker & Bailey Kitchen Cabinet Cream to gently remove cooking oils, fingerprints, and food stains while also rejuvenating and conditioning cabinet surfaces.
It cleans your dishes, but how often do you clean your dishwasher? OK, maybe don’t answer that. Instead, pick up some Cascade Platinum Dishwasher Cleaner to remove limescale buildup, grease and odors. Toss the easy-to-use, single-use pacs in the dishwasher and run a cycle for a fresher, cleaner dishwasher.
You don’t want to wash your clothes in a smelly washer. Every so often, you’ll want to throw in an Affresh tablet to remove residue and grime daily laundry loads can leave behind.
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Stackable Can Organizer
Forget dropping cans and stacking them so high they fall over. Get your pantry shelves in order with a stackable can organizer. You can store up to 36 cans in this rack and adjust the plastic dividers to fit any size can or jar. It helps you know what’s in your pantry and saves you from dropping a can on your toe every time you open the pantry door.
Lazy Susan/ Turntable Storage
Make your spices and jars more easily accessible with turntable storage. This two-tiered system can fit in your pantry, in a cabinet, in the refrigerator or on your countertop to make cooking faster and easier.
When you’ve got spice jars of all shapes and sizes, sorting them can be difficult, or simply non-existent. A spice organizer can help you sort your spices so you know exactly what you have and makes cooking easier and faster. There are a lot of options to help you get organized, depending on where and how you want to store your spices. The Spicy Shelf is a great option for those with multiple sizes of spice jars and can be put in a cabinet or pantry.
You may already have a silverware organizer in your kitchen, but is it overflowing with extra spoons you’ve acquired for kids, babies, entertaining and more? Get one that works best for you so you can stack your silverware neatly.
Food Storage Containers
Instead of bulky boxes for cereal, chex mix, chips, pretzels and other snacks, try pouring them into food storage containers that can keep them fresh for longer than open boxes. These are also great for storing flour and sugar, which always seem to spill out of the bag — never fails.
Pantry Storage Bins
Part ways with boxes of prepackaged snacks and opt for storage bins. It can declutter your pantry and help you see everything you have — plus it makes it easy for you and the kids to grab and go.
Food Container Lid Organizer
One of the most unorganized items in the kitchen is plastic food containers. It’s easy to lose lids when stacking the containers and it can feel like one big mess. A lid organizer can tidy up your lids, so you’re using space wisely.
Stackable Beverage Dispenser
If you store cans of soda, sparkling water or beer in the fridge, make it easier with a beverage dispenser. This organizer can hold up to 12 cans and will help you save space in the fridge or pantry.
Under Cabinet Shelf Organizer
If you have a small kitchen, maximize your storage space with an under-cabinet shelf. This can hold extra dishes, utensils and more so you’re using all available space vs stacking things on top of each other — that never ends well. This can also be used under a pantry shelf or in the refrigerator.
If you don’t have a pantry or just simply need to organize your cabinets, consider a set of sliding cabinet drawers. These can be great for storing spices, condiments, jars and more to keep your space tidy and easily accessible.
Seeing everything you have in your pantry can help you meal plan and shop wisely. A three-tiered organizer can sort your cans, spices, jars and condiments so you can use more of what you already have in your pantry and can keep your space clean and organized.
In-Drawer Knife Block
If you’re lacking counter space or just prefer minimal countertop clutter, ditch the knife block and opt for an in-drawer knife organizer. These can keep your knives sharp, organized and out of sight, as well as convenient when cooking, while saving you counter space at the same time.
Pots and Pans Organizer
Struggling to organize your pots, pans and their lids. You need an organizer that can encompass all three vs three separate organizers. We like this pan storage rack from G-Ting, which features three ways to organize your pots, pans and lids in whatever way works best for you. It can stand or lay down and stack 5-10 pots, pans, and griddles of various sizes.
Utensil Drawer Organizer
Instead of digging for a pair of tongs or looking for that specific slotted spoon, get your utensil drawer organized so you can easily find the right utensil when you need it. These utensil trays are adjustable so it can fit in almost any drawer and are made to accommodate oversized utensils.
We all have that drawer — the one filled with miscellaneous junk, pens, tape, and batteries. Instead of keeping batteries in the packing or letting them roll around in the drawer, keep them tiny and organized so you know how many of each size you have (or need the next time you go to the store).ref
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A few new kitchen towels can add color and laughter to the kitchen. Funny phrases are our favorite — something to keep you smiling during those Pinterest fails — but seasonal towels can be a great addition too.
New Small Appliances
If you’re in the mood for a kitchen refresh, go ahead and splurge on that espresso machine, food processor or Instant Pot you’ve had your eye on. It’s all in the name of improving your culinary skills and serving up delicious meals.
New Oven Mitts and Pot Holders
These can get grimy after a while — or worse, they get thin and you get burned. Replace your oven mitts for a fresh (and safer) way of cooking.
New Entertaining Pieces
Whether you entertain a lot or a little, a new serving piece is great inspiration for your next gathering — even if that means just a nice cheese platter for you and your significant other. This marble and brass monogram cheese board is the perfect addition to any kitchen (and a great housewarming gift, too).
Herbs and Plants
Add a basil or mint plant to your kitchen, not just for decoration but also as a functioning herb to be used for cooking. This not only brings a bit of color to your kitchen, but it’s always nice to have fresh herbs to step up your culinary game.
Bathroom - Clean It
Grab your gloves and a grout brush and get to work on the stubborn stains plaguing your tile and grout. It’s the dreaded deep clean you may skip during your routine cleaning, but cleaning the grout can make the tile around your shower, bathtub or even the floor look like new again. A grout brush with an extendable handle can help you get into tight spaces and corner, but can extend so you can clean the tile floor without breaking your back.
It’s a dirty job, but your throne should sparkle and a durable toilet brush can help get the job done. This Oxo Good Grips toilet brush has tapered bristles to help clean those hard-to-reach spots and comes with a canister to keep your brush clean when not in use.
Wipe away the toothpaste splatter and water spots on the bathroom mirror by using Windex with Vinegar. It won’t leave behind the smell of ammonia and will leave you with a spotless and streak-free shine to your mirror.b
Keep soap scum and water stains from building up on your glass shower door by using a squeegee. This one from OXO Good Grips was designed with windshield wiper blade technology to flex as you wipe for a nice, consistent movement.
Attack that ring around the tub with a Magic Eraser. It has three-times the scrubbing power than your typical all-purpose spray, which saves you from a lot of scrubbing. It will cut through soap scum and bring your bathtub back to life.
If your shower drain is a bit stinky even after it’s sparkling clean, you can use baking soda and vinegar to neutralize odor and clean the drain of any small clogs. First, pour boiling water down the drain to loosen any debris. Then pour a solution of 1 cup white vinegar and 1 cup baking soda into the drain. Let is sit for 15 minutes and then follow with more hot water.
You don’t need fancy cleaners to make those bathroom fixtures shine bright again. You can simply create your own all-purpose cleaner with a combination of vinegar, water and essential oils. Just mix ¼ cup of vinegar with 1 ½ cups of water and about 30 drops of your favorite essential oil. You could go crazy and mix 15 drops of lavender and 15 drops of lemon for a super fresh concoction, or get creative with 10 drops each of eucalyptus, peppermint and orange.
You may not realize it, but the aerator in your faucet could collect some gross residue — and you’re washing your hands, face and brushing your teeth in that sink. To make sure it’s as clean as the sink and its fixtures, unscrew the aerator and then clean it with CLR to remove limescale and calcium buildup.
How often do you check your sink drain? Probably not as often as you should, so during your spring cleaning, take the extra step to remove and clean the sink stopper. You’ll need to go under the sink and unscrew the backside of the drain. Then grab some gloves and remove the stopper so you can clean it and remove any hair, grime or other grossness hiding on it.
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Sick of digging for the toothpaste or finding the right makeup brush? Using a drawer organizer can sort the smaller items and make getting ready faster and easier. Less frustration in life is always welcome!
Under Sink Caddy
Store away hair dryers, straighteners and other hair accessories on the door of a bathroom cabinet to keep cords organized and tidy.
We all have a few things we keep on the counter for convenience, but a little organization can make it look less like counter clutter and more like functional flair. Sort your necessities with sleek and stylish storage for a seamless space.
Under Sink Storage
Ever dread opening the cabinets under your sink for fear of what will fall out? Fix that with this set of drawers, shelves and storage bins to properly store everything from towels and hair dryers to cosmetics and beauty products.
It may be a no-brainer, but a shower caddy can help you organize all the body wash, shampoos, conditioners and other necessities. Sort his and her products or baby and big kids. It’s a simple solution to a problem plaguing showers everywhere.
Have a smaller bathroom? Use each space wisely and store towels, beauty products and other essentials above the toilet for easy access and seamless storage. It’s a great way to maximize your space.
A fresh set of towels can bring a bit of luxury to your bathroom. The fluffier the better when it comes to towels and higher quality towels will last longer and won’t leave little pieces of fluff on you after drying off.
You step on this mat every time you shower and there’s only so many washes it can take. Replace it when it’s worn down and seen its better days. A memory foam mat is a great option, adding a bit of luxury at your feet after a hot shower.
The bathroom isn’t just about business. If there’s room in your bathroom, consider hanging a shelf and some accent pieces for a bit of character or charm. Add a picture frame, a quote to inspire your day, a reed diffuser for a fresh scent, or jars for holding cotton balls and Q-tips.
Create a spa-like atmosphere in your shower by hanging eucalyptus on the shower head. The steam from your shower releases the eucalyptus oil into the air and brings a fresh scent to your shower and bathroom. Plus eucalyptus can aid in relaxation and relieve congestion.
Step up your bubble bath game and add an adjustable bathtub caddy to hold your phone, book, glass of wine, candles and whatever else you need to relax in the tub.
New Shower Curtain
Replacing a well-used shower curtain and liner can bring cleaner vibes to your bathroom. Change the color or theme of the curtain for a whole new look or make it simple and classic for a clean feeling.
Bedroom - Clean It
While you may wash your sheets every two weeks, we tend to skip cleaning the bulky bedding like comforters. Be sure to read the labels before washing, but if it’s machine washable, use the delicate cycle and a mild detergent. When drying, be sure to throw in some wool dryer balls or tennis balls to help keep the down or down-alternative comforter from clumping.
Yep, you need to wash your pillows too. They only require washing two or three times a year, but it’s well worth it — just make sure to read the manufacturer’s label before washing. Many can be put in the washing machine using the gentle cycle, and while you can use your daily detergent, you could splurge and opt for a premium detergent like The Laundress New York Signature Detergent. It’s pricey, but it keeps expensive bedding, pillows and sheets soft and in good condition.
Since you’re cleaning your sheets, pillows and comforters, go ahead and give your mattress a once over too. Take your vacuum’s crevice attachment and clean the surface and sides. Then use a mattress cleaning spray like Klean Logik Matress Cleaner to spot clean stains. You can also use Febreeze or Lysol to trap odors and disinfect the mattress.
You probably already dust your wood furniture with a polish like Pledge, but to keep your wooden furniture shiny and clean for a lifetime, use a furniture wax about every six months for heavily used wood furniture. Grab a soft cloth or an old T-shirt and rub the wax into the wood using circular motions. Let the wax dry for about 30 minutes and then wipe with the grain to buff the wax into an even sheen.
Even the sturdiest of fabrics can’t withstand constant exposure to sunlight. So be sure to wash your curtains and drapes every six months to ensure they maintain their color. If your curtains are machine washable, be sure to wash them on a delicate cycle with a delicate detergent, like The Laundress New York Delicate Wash. Other drapes may need to be hand washed.
Toys & Stuffed Animals
Your child’s toys can harbor germs that can pass between babies, toddlers, and adults. So keeping their toys clean by regularly washing plastic pieces with warm water and dish soap is a great idea. But when it comes to their favorite stuffed animals, be sure to spot treat stains or if they’re machine washable, use a mesh laundry bag to protect those precious toys.
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Cleaning out your closet can be a dreaded task that can take hours or days, depending on the amount of clutter and clothes. If you have a small closet, this starter kit from The Container Store can help you make the most of your closet space while keeping it tidy too.
Over-the-Door Shoe Organizer
Keep your shoes organized and out of the way with an over-the-door hanging shoe rack. If you have a small closet, it’s a great way to save space and utilize a different area other than the floor for shoe storage.
Hanging Sweater Organizer
Never hang a sweater — the fabric stretches and you’ll be one misshapen mess when you wear it. Fold them nicely and put them in a hanging sweater organizer. It’s a great way to free up precious shelf space for T-shirts, purses and hats, while keeping the integrity of your garments.
These are perfect for a child’s bedroom. It’s a great option for storage and can fit toys, puzzles, stuffed animals and more. It’s easily carried from one room to the other for portable playtime and easier clean up. These come in a variety of cute animals like penguins, unicorns, cats, sheep, gorillas and more.
Baby’s nursery needs organizing too and the diaper caddy can help manage all the essentials needed for changing diapers. Store diapers, wipes, cream, toys and anything else baby needs all in one place — plus it’s portable so you can carry it from room to room. If baby’s nursery is upstairs, have a diaper caddy downstairs for quick and convenient diaper changes.
If the shelves in your closet are so crammed that if you pulled something out, it may all fall down, you might need some organization. Shelf dividers are a great starting point. You can separate sweaters, purses, T-shirts and more so that they have their own space and nothing is randomly stacked on top of each other.
Dresser Drawer Organizer
Avoid digging through your dresser drawers and sort your socks, underwear, lingerie, ties and more with a drawer organizer. Avoid the frustration of losing a sock and keep your laundry tidy for longer — you don’t spend all that time folding for nothing!
You’re probably filling up nightstands, dresser drawers and closet shelves for storage, but don’t forget to utilize all that space under your bed. Whether you’re storing seasonal sweaters or winter boots, using every space in your room can keep things tidy.
Vacuum Storage Bags
If you have bulky sweaters, jackets or blankets you only pull out during the winter season, pack them up and use a vacuum seal bag to store them. It saves you a ton of space and the bags can be slid under your bed or at the top of the closet.
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Quality sheets can be pricey, but worth it to revitalize your bed and improve your sleep. If your sheets are scratchy or they’re so old they’re pilling, it’s time to replace them. Look for Egyptian cotton, bamboo, or mulberry silk, as these fabrics will last longer, they’re gentle on your skin, regulate your temperature and aid in getting a good night’s sleep.
When’s the last time you replaced your pillow? It’s recommended to replace them every 1-2 years, but if it’s a high-quality pillow and you’ve been taking care of it by spot treating it and washing it, it may last a bit longer. After a while, your pillow can become flattened and unsupportive or worse — it can attract dust mites. So replacing your pillow can be important in ensuring you rest well each night.
Rock Salt Lamp
The warm glow of a rock salt lamp can be a welcome addition to your bedroom, as they are said to boost your mood, improve sleep, reduce stress, ease allergies and clean the air. The soft glow from the lamp offers a bit of romantic lighting too.
Aromatherapy is great to aid healing, sleeping, and revitalization and what better room for an essential oil diffuser than the bedroom. Diffuse lavender to help you sleep more soundly, rose and chamomile can reduce anxiety, or peppermint and eucalyptus to relieve nighttime congestion.
Common Areas - Clean It
There’s nothing more satisfying than shiny clean floors, and nothing makes them sparkle better than the Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner. It’s a water-based cleaner that doesn’t leave a residue behind, it dries fast and it’s safe for people, pets and the planet.
While you should probably call in the pros at least once a year for a super deep clean, cleaning the carpet in high traffic areas in your home a few times a year could extend the life of your carpets and keep your home smelling fresh (especially if you’re a pet parent). The Bissell Turboclean Powerbrush Pet carpet cleaner is a great option for routine carpet cleaning. It’s lightweight (only 12 pounds) and is easy to use, and the four-row dirt lifter provides a deep clean to remove stubborn stains and pet messes in high-traffic areas.
If you’ve got vinyl flooring in your home, you’re bound to have a few scuff marks here and there. Here’s a pro tip for removing stubborn scuffs: use a clean tennis ball and lightly scrub the scuff marks. It actually acts like an eraser and easily removes the marks.
When’s the last time you cleaned your couch? We mean vacuum underneath and between the cushions, removing them if possible. Bet you’d find all sorts of things — coins, crumbs, cheerios, the long-lost remote. We trust the Dyson V7 Allergy HEPA cordless vacuum cleaner because of the suction power and it quickly transforms to a handheld vacuum cleaner for cleaning hard-to-reach places like the crevices of your couch.
An often overlooked spot in your home, you’d be surprised at the difference clean baseboards make in your home. You’ll want to wipe them down with a simple white rag for dry cleaning, but if your baseboards are heavily soiled or scuffed, try using a wet rag and some mild dish soap. If you’ve got a bad back, instead of cleaning on your hands and knees, try a sock on a yardstick to wipe them down regularly.
You may dread cleaning your blinds, so much so that you may skip them in your routine cleaning. Yes, they can be a hassle, but with a microfiber cloth and a vacuum attachment, cleaning your blinds doesn’t have to be a headache. Simply wipe each blind with a microfiber cloth and then use a handheld vacuum cleaner to get the dust from the other components of the blinds.
If you have large area rugs in your home, they’re probably too large to be machine washed and depending on the material, a carpet cleaner may damage the rug. So spot cleaning stains regularly and quickly is key to ensuring your rug lasts. Using a cleaner like the Bissel SpotClean Pro provides professional-level cleaning for stubborn stains and embedded dirt to keep your rugs looking good as new.
When you begin cleaning, start at the top with your ceiling fans. The blades and light fixtures can accumulate dust and that’s not good for you or your air quality. Cleaning is easier with a microfiber duster and an extension pole, making it easy to clean this often avoided and hard-to-reach fixture. Make sure the duster is removable and washable.
Keep your wood furniture polished and pristine with a dusting spray. Pledge is a popular brand that enhances the appearance of your furniture while trapping dust and allergens and protecting your wood furniture. The fresh lemon aroma leaves you with a classic clean scent.
If you painted the walls in your home, you’ll want to make sure you keep them clean so you don’t have to re-do your paint job. It’s simple, take a soft sponge and just add water, then gently spot clean any walls with little finger prints or scuffs, and don’t forget to check the doors — our hands leave marks near doorknobs.
While you’re cleaning your entire home from top to bottom, go ahead and change the batteries in your smoke alarms. While your smoke alarms should be tested monthly, you should replace the batteries at least once a year.
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Collapsible Laundry Basket
Laundry baskets can take up precious space. Using a collapsible laundry basket can help save space, but also allow you to stack multiple baskets in one area. Great for smaller laundry areas, dorm rooms or apartments.
Sort the books you’ll read again and again, and donate the ones you had every intention of reading, but never even cracked open. After decluttering, organize them alphabetically, by topic or by size so your favorites are easily accessible.
Toy Storage Organizer
Help the little ones find their favorite toys with toy storage that organizes everything from action figures, Legos and Lincoln Logs to Barbies, baby dolls and puzzles. This Humble Crew organizer is the perfect height for kids, plus the bins are removable, making playtime portable and cleaning easier.
We love the idea of baskets for stylish storage. Use different types, sizes and textures when picking your baskets. Use a large woven basket for blankets in the den, wicker baskets for under the TV, and wire baskets for bookshelves. They serve a purpose while also adding style and character to your home — a win-win!
Baskets are great for storing throw blankets, pillows and generally anything you need out of sight but at arms reach. Make basket storage even better with a wire basket table — store your blankets underneath and use the top as a side table in your living room. Cute and functional!
One of the biggest causes of clutter can be mail — stacked on kitchen countertops, kitchen tables or an office desk. Clean things up with a mail organizer. Whether you organize it by person or by unread/read, it will help decrease clutter.
Entry Wall Hooks
So maybe we don’t all have a farmhouse-style mudroom — we can’t have it all! Make your entry at the front door or by the garage stylish and functional with this wall organizer that holds everything from hats and bags to keys and coats.
Refresh It - Common Areas
Infuse some awesome aromas at home with some new candles. Improve your indoor air quality and create a comfy-cozy feeling we crave with a clean burning soy candle. Lulu Candles are best-sellers on Amazon and the fresh linen scent will compliment your freshly cleaned home.
New Throw Pillows
Give your couch a fresh look with a few new throw pillows or fresh covers for your current throw pillows. You’ll be surprised at how a pop of color or change in decor can bring new life to your living room. Consider changing or adding a few different pillows into the mix every few months, an easy way to usher in a new season or holiday.
Green is good on all accounts, and a few new house plants not only brings a little beauty to your home, but they’re actually good for your health. They freshen the indoor air and eliminate harmful toxins, while also improving your mood, reducing fatigue and stress, and improving focus — something we all can use while working from home. Look for a low-maintenance plant like a fiddle leaf ficus that has air-purifying qualities and thrives indoors.
New Throw Blanket
Up your lounging game with a new throw blanket. Channel some cozy vibes with a lightweight blanket, paired with a cup of coffee and a good book — and maybe a nap if you have 20 minutes to spare.
Introduce a pop of color or a different pattern or texture with a decorative picture frame for your mantle, coffee table or bookshelf. This Moroccan-inspired, hand-made frame comes in a variety of colors and adds dimension to your decor.
If your picture frame game is on point, consider a simple refresh of your photos. We all take a million on our phone, so pick a few favorites and get them printed from a service like Shutterfly and get them shipped to you in a few days. You’ll be amazed at how a few new photos of family, friends and pets can revive your home.
Spruce up your gallery game with a new piece of wall art. Whether it’s a beautiful still life or an inspirational quote, this can add charm to a bare wall or a fresh look to an existing wall gallery.
Don’t throw shade at adding a little extra light to your home. Adding a cute table lamp or changing an out-dated chandelier can be a bright idea for an otherwise dimly lit space. This cute pink glass table lamp can bring a bit of happiness and character to your space.
New Accent Pieces
You don’t have to redecorate to reignite your living space, consider a simple rearrangement of bookcases or shelves. Escape the monotony of rows on rows by stacking some books vertically and some horizontally. Or mix in a few accent pieces to create a more interesting and eye-catching space. A simple wooden letter is a subtle and meaningful piece of decor you’ll enjoy.
Exterior - Clean It
A great view of the beautiful spring weather and blooms starts with clean windows. Make the glass sparkle by cleaning it with equal parts warm water and denatured alcohol in a spray bottle and wipe them clean with newspaper or a microfiber cloth to ensure a streak-free, fuzz-free shine.
Window & Patio Screens
A lot of dirt and grime can build up on those window screens over time, so give them a good cleaning this spring. Make it easier by using a product like Simple Green, a powerful cleaner and degreaser that works on multiple surfaces and fabrics, and its biodegradable formula means it’s safer for the environment than other all-purpose cleaners. It’s handy for other surfaces around your home too, from floors and appliances to furniture and fabrics, and it can be used full-strength for heavy messes and diluted for general cleaning.
Sweep away the cobwebs, leaves, dust and debris that builds up over time around your entry. Use a nice quality broom that can move heavy outdoor debris, like wet leaves. This O-Cedar Outdoor Power Corner Broom has angled bristles that can get into the corners of your entry, like by the front door.
Weather can really take a toll on your patio furniture. Even under a patio or awning, patio furniture can feel the wrath of the weather between rain, heat and snow. So give your patio furniture a good wipe down with a simple solution of gentle dish soap and water. Have a few spray bottles on hand to fill with your solution and make it a family affair for a quicker clean.
Get rid of tree sap and other sticky situations on outdoor furniture and siding. An adhesive roomer product like Goo Gone can save you a lot of scrubbing by effortlessly removing stains and sticky messes on a lot of surfaces around your home.
Exterior - Organize It
Tidy up sports equipment, tools, yard equipment and more with garage shelving. Sleek and slim, these allow you to store your belonging neatly, clearing a path for what your garage is really for — storing your car!
Garage Storage Totes
Reorganize your holiday decorations and more with these clean plastic storage bins. They keep items safe from dust and debris that collects throughout the year and they’re sturdy enough that nothing fragile or precious would get broken or smooshed. Plus, they’re easily stackable, making them perfect for storing in a shed or garage.
Lawn Equipment Organizer
If your rakes, brooms or shovels fall over every time you try to use one, you may need a tool tower to keep them tidy. This one from Rubbermaid can store and organize up to 40 tools and has casters for easy mobility. It’s ideal for long-handled garden tools and features a molded-in weed trimmer and extension cord holder. It’s a great storage solution for garages and sheds.
If you need a small storage container to hold grill tools, patio cushions, gardening tools or other miscellaneous tidbits you leave around your patio, this small 22-gallon deck box is your storage solution. It can even double as a side table and the durable material is built to withstand the weather and resist fading.
Backyard Toy Storage
If your porch or patio looks like a toy store, you may want to invest in some organization to keep things tidy and less cluttered. Weather can take a toll on toys, so investing in a storage bin for pool floats, water guns, bubble machines, kites and other outdoor games is a great way to keep your toys and your patio looking great.
Outdoor entertainment Storage
If you host backyard barbecues or just enjoy a casual evening on the patio, this outdoor cooler is a must-have. The cooler holds up to 40 12-ounce cans with ice and the lid extends to become a cocktail table. Who doesn’t love a multi-functional piece of patio furniture!
Refresh It - Outdoor
New Welcome Mat
Refresh your front door with a new entry mat that welcomes guests into your home. Whether it’s a traditional welcome mat, a seasonal greeting, a fun phrase or a snarky joke, a new welcome mat will give your entryway a fresh feeling this spring.
On your front door or over a mirror in your home, a new wreath is an accent piece that adds color, texture and charm to your home. Floral and simple greenery can add character to your entryway or a cheerful array of fruit and greenery can brighten up your living space.
Greenery never goes out of style and with the right planters, you can add a pop of color or an eye-catching accent to your outdoor space. Planters are great for entryways, porches and patios, and some wall planters are great for herb gardens.
Pinterest made them popular and for good reason — they’re adorable. A warm welcome sign brings charming and cozy vibes to your entryway, setting the tone for your entire home.
If you have a larger area in your entryway, consider adding a bench with a few throw pillows to the area. Benches can come in different styles and designs to add to your home’s aesthetic, some are quaint while others are more rustic and some can add more modern touches.
If you don’t have space for larger entry welcome signs, a cute pop of color in the yard will do the trick. A house flag small enough to fit in the garden or landscaping can add charm to your home and welcome visitors throughout the year.
Don’t neglect your patio floors and add a pop of color to your outdoor living space with a rug. Warm and inviting, it can take your patio set up to a whole new level. Plus, there’s just something about the right rug that makes a space feel complete.
Your outdoor spaces deserve wall decor too, so add some flair to your patio or deck with a cute porch sign. Many of them feature fun phrases and themes to add character to your space. From beach sayings to mountain musings, you’ll find a little something for every home.