12 Pretty Tools for Dirty Household Jobs

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Relaxing in a clean home may feel rewarding, but there's no denying that getting your space in order isn't always fun. That's why it pays to have attractive cleaning tools around to help motivate you to get your housekeeping in order—in style. "You know how you buy yourself exciting workout clothes to get you an extra reason to work out? Well, same goes for cleaning," says Kadi Dulude, founder of Wizard of Homes, a New York City-based cleaning service company. "It's not a task a lot of us are looking forward to doing, and having cool tools to use may just be that one little push to get you off the couch and onto dusting." 

And design-savvy tools can do more than just inspire your next marathon cleaning session; they can make the job easier, too. As Anjie Cho, interior designer and author of Holistic Spaces: 108 Ways to Create a Mindful and Peaceful Home, explains: "Beautiful and thoughtfully designed tools make cleaning a joy not only because they are pretty to look at, but because there have been careful touches added to make the experience user-friendly." Even better, Cho adds: "Attractive tools that offer a balance of form and function, can become a part of your décor rather than an eyesore."

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Spring Clean Your Bedroom, Any Time of the Year

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When our homes were heated solely by coal, oil and/or wood and we lit our nights by candle and lantern, the first hint of spring’s warmer days marked a time to air things out and clean things up. Today our climate-controlled homes don’t require a sunny day to flush out the dirt and soot accumulated throughout the winter. That doesn’t mean, however, that we should skip the tradition of spring cleaning. In fact, a good, thorough cleaning doesn’t even have to wait for spring! Here are helpful tips to freshen up your bedroom any time of the year.

Bedding

Start your spring-inspired cleaning by stripping the bed. Nearly everything except foam pillows can be laundered. Read labels, of course, before you start the wash and be sure to follow the directions. To lightly scent and soften the fabrics of your bedding, combine a drop of tea tree oil with a cup of white vinegar or ½ cup of Epsom salt. Add that the mixture to the wash. If the weather cooperates, dry your quilts, blankets, and pillows outside. As long as it’s not too damp or too cold, using Mother Nature’s drying system is the way to go! If you like to switch up your bedding to match the season, give your seasonal blankets and sheets some outdoor air time also. 

Flip it

If you have a coil mattress, this is a good time to flip it. These mattresses can wear unevenly, so flipping and/or rotating your mattress can help prolong its life. Bring in the vacuum cleaner too. Before you get busy cleaning the floor, run the vacuum’s brush over your mattress. 

Weed your drawers

Clutter can make even the cleanest of spaces look untidy. Your spring cleaning day is a good time to cut the excess. Go through your closets and dresser with a fair and even hand. If you haven’t worn something this season, it’s time to let it go. Donate your discarded items or hit up Pinterest for crafting ideas. You’d be amazed at the beautiful rugs, throws and other crafts you can make with that old, well-worn t-shirt you’re about to toss!

Go bare bones

If your nightstand boasts more covered space than visible table top, it’s time to organize. Grab a funky basket and create your pamper station. This is the place to keep your hand lotion, the book you're currently reading, and anything else you want in close reach to your bed. This basket, a lamp, a clock if you’ve got one, and a box of tissues is all your nightstand needs. 

Let the sunshine in

You probably already have an attack plan for the windows. You’re going to grab your favorite natural cleaner and wipe down the panes of glass with a soft cloth (inside and out!). Your deep clean isn’t done, though. Dust and vacuum the blinds and drapes. Read the cleaning instruction on those curtains. If you can, toss those in the wash too, and add them to the laundry air drying outside! 

Shake it out

If your bedroom features area rugs, take them outdoors and shake them out. Let them air outdoors while you put the vacuum through its paces back inside. Make sure you get under the bed and in the corners. 

Bonus boost

Seasonal changes and deep cleaning days are ideal to swap out your accessories for a new look. Change up throw pillows, switch the pictures hanging on your walls and roll in a new area rug for a different take on accent color.

by Anjie Cho


23 Ways to Spring Clean Your Life

featured this week in Redbook by Kara Ladd

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You're probably already planning to give your home a spring scrubdown, but why not take this opportunity to think about sprucing up other areas of your life, too? Here are 23 ways to spring clean your closet, your beauty routine, your diet, and more. 

Feng Shui Your Home.

Switch up your furniture arrangement by keeping in mind how energy flows through your home. “Pay attention to the details in your life and the environment around you, which is directly connected to your internal space,” interior architect and feng shui designer Anjie Cho advises. New to the art of feng shui? A beginner's guide like this one can help break it down for you.

Get Your Broken Stuff Fixed.

Spring is the perfect time to focus on restoring and repairing, so stop putting off that trip to the hardware store. “It's important to repair or let go of broken items," says Cho. "Stress is created when we actively (or unconsciously) ignore tasks. Also the energetics of a broken item in your home may also manifest or point to a broken something in your life.”

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