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Tutorial: Gratitude Jar (Free Printable)

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Tutorial: Painted Pumpkins

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Café Chat: Danielle Murrieta, Interior Designer

We recently had the pleasure of chatting with Danielle Murrieta, a superb interior designer based out of Southern California.  Danielle’s expectational ability to create visually appealing spaces has made her a sought after interior designer.  This eclectic artist is a master at tricky design situations....

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Collegiate: Adormable Décor

As a college freshman or an upperclassman, going away to college is an exciting time!  Whether you are going to be staying in a college dorm room or at an off campus apartment, furnishing your place so that's it's warm and inviting is a must.  This your chance to customize and make your room uniquely yours. 

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Trés Chic: Darling Décor

A great way to inspire you on your new voyage is with some glam décor.  At EnRose we love a chic and tidy desk!  We spend a fair amount of time at our desks, so it’s important that our workspaces inspire us....

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Spring Cleaning: Guide to a Sparkling Abode

Spring is in full swing and now is the time to get your scrub on!  At Rosie Toes, we find that spring cleaning can be quite satisfying.  The pleasure usually comes after the work is finished.   However, there are many upsides of Spring cleaning to keep in mind during the process; airing out your rooms, washing clean your linens and sweeping away the dust bunnies can help you manage seasonal allergies and keep germs at bay plus burn a few extra calories!  We’ve put together a few tips and the ultimate Spring cleaning guide that can make your project more manageable and even a bit enjoyable.

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To start off we’ve compiled some tips to keep in mind before tackling your spring cleaning project…

1.  Mini Projects
Work in sections, this allows you to break the project into different areas of focus.  This will alleviate that feeling of being overwhelmed by a giant monster.  At Rosie Toes, we like to prepare mini projects by room or task.  We either choose to focus on completely cleaning out a room or we pick a task like disinfecting toilets and showers throughout our abode.  These mini-projects will accumulate quickly and keeps you on top of things.

2.  Be Proactive  
Instead of letting junk mail, dishes and laundry pile up, tackle it right away.  Find a system that helps you tackle the little things right away.  For example toss out junk mail right away, clean dishes right after eating, put dirty clothes in the hamper and hang up clean ones. These  small tasks only take a few minutes and will alleviate feeling overwhelmed when you start tackling your mini projects. 

3.  Invest in Organizational Bins
Having cupboards and drawers that are overflowing can be unattractive and extremely inconvenient.  Investing a little money into purchasing  simple storage bins of assorted sizes can makes a big difference.  There are so many great options out there, from glass containers to plastic utensil organizers.  Incorporating these into your kitchen, and bathrooms will ensure that your essentials are organized and easy to locate.

4.  Get Inspired
We love putting on a great playlist for our cleaning days!  Another great way to stay motivated is by replacing winter items with spring items.  This will help keep you motivated throughout the process; try adding fun and bright spring colors and scents to your space.  We also love purchasing fresh flowers to brighten our space.  

Incorporating these simple tips will ensure that you stay motivated throughout your spring cleaning mini projects.  Now for our ultimate spring cleaning checklist.   This guide offers an overview of everything you need to know so you can breeze through the process and achieve a sparkling abode.

Every Room Projects

  • disinfect door knobs and light switch plates
  • dust crown molding and baseboards
  • dust ceiling corners
  • dust baseboards and clean scuff marks
  • dust/wash light fixtures and lamps
  • dust ceiling fans
  • wash doors (look for scuff marks)
  • wash walls
  • touch up paint
  • wash window blinds
  • clean windows
  • shampoo carpet
  • remove rugs to shake out, then vacuum, then clean under them
  • vacuum all flooring, including corners and edges
  • clean air vents
  • replace light bulbs
  • change air/furnace filter
  • replace batteries in smoke detector
  • replace batteries in carbon monoxide detector
  • check all electronics, make sure they are plugged in, chords are untangled and everything is plugged into a surge protector.
  • check expiration date on fire extinguisher.
  • store all winter items, clothes and decorations.

Kitchen 

  • clean out kitchen pantry, drawers, and cupboards
  • wash inside and outside of kitchen cabinets
  • move refrigerator and dust and mop underneath it
  • dust refrigerator coils (turn off power at circuit breaker or fuse box)
  • defrost the freezer and empty freezer; wipe interior with a solution of 2 tablespoons baking soda per 1 quart hot water.  
  • deep clean sink and run lemon peel through the garbage disposal
  • clean oven and oven racks
  • clean and disinfect the trash can
  • clean the microwave
  • deep clean the dishwasher
  • replace refrigerator water filter

Living Room 

  • remove and wash upholstered furniture, throw pillows and blankets
  • polish wood furniture
  • vacuum, shampoo or mop floors
  • wash and dust all decorative items 
  • swap heavy curtains, rugs, and throws For lightweight ones clean items then store.

Bedrooms

  • rotate bed and change blankets, turn over mattress to distribute the wear evenly. replace cool-weather bedding with warm-weather bedding.
  • clean pillows, most pillows can be machine-washed; this rids them of mold, bacteria, and odors.
  • clean out underneath bed
  • organize closets and replace winter clothes with spring clothes

Bathrooms

  • discard expired cosmetics and beauty products.
  •  organize the items your keeping in a plastic bin
  • clean and distinct shower, and toilet
  • wash bathmats and rugs
  • wash or replace shower linens and curtains
  • wipe down sink and counter
  • clean and wash all the inside and outside of cabinets


Laundry Room 

  • clean dryer vent
  • clean inside washing machine
  • empty washing machine drain pump
  • dust behind and underneath washer and dryer
  • clean and organize contents on shelving
  • install organizers to hold cleaning products

Office

  • organize files and review insurance policies, contracts, and household inventories
  • clean computers:  scrub casings with a solution of 1 drop mild dishwashing liquid per 1 quart of water and a lint-free cloth; dust crevices in keyboards with cotton swabs or disposable mascara wands; wipe screens with a soft cloth or a dry screen-cleaning sponge.

Storage Room

  • give away or discard unwanted items.  
  • divide what is  left into two zones: 1.  for things you’ll use in the next couple months, such as clothes  2.  for objects that may be there for years, such as furniture.
  • protect objects in basement by using concrete blocks to keep storage boxes off the ground.

Outdoor Space

  • clean porch ceilings and walls sweep up cobwebs and debris with broom, and wash walls with a solution of all-purpose cleaner and water using a polyester sponge.
  • scrub decks, patios, driveways, and walkways 
  • treat mildew spots with a solution of 1 part oxygen bleach to 3 parts water using a deck brush.
  • wash outdoor furniture most materials can handle a solution of mild dishwashing liquid and water and a soft-bristle brush
  • replace light fixtures, wash covers, and check for damaged wires and connections.

Remember that keeping a routine for the small tasks on a regular basis can help keep things from getting out hand and overwhelming you.  Whistle while you work and enjoy your sparkling clean Spring oasis!

What are your Spring cleaning tips?

Hugs and Kisses,

Tiffany