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Full House Deep Cleaning Guide

Many people are currently home Try cleaning a different area each day of the week and perhaps give yourself a break on the weekend!

Kitchen.

The kitchen is one of the areas we use the most, thus it is a great place to start.

Microwave. Vinegar and water is a great way to remove any build up of food debris in your microwave. Spray both the outside and inside of the microwave then wipe away the remains.

Toaster Oven. The toaster oven is another place that often gets covered in crumbs and food debris. Remove the food debris from the toaster tray lining by dumping it out. Spray some vinegar and water on any food build up, leaving it for a few minutes. Then wipe away any remaining food bits.

Stovetop. Remove the pot grates and coils from each burner scrubbing them with soap and water. Clean all surfaces and control knobs. Then replace all stovetop pieces. Be sure to give the range hood fan and the outer hood surface a quick clean as well.

Kitchen sink. Your kitchen sink may contain a combination of food build-up and even mineral build-up depending on your local water system. Generally either hot soapy water or a disinfectant spray can work for your kitchen sink. Don’t forget the faucet, which needs more regular cleaning, as it is a high touch zone.  *Some kitchen sinks will require specific cleaning products, be sure to do some research to figure out which product best suits your sink.

Garbage Cans. Now is the perfect time to tackle the bins that hold all of our household waste, recycling and compost. Wipe and sanitize all bins from the kitchen, bathrooms and the larger outdoor bins that get emptied every two weeks. For the larger bins you may decide to clean them out with the hose.

Kitchen Walls. This includes any area that may have splattered food, i.e. near the stovetop, near the kitchen sink, etc. Wipe away any food spots that have landed on the wall. *Look online for best cleaning products for this area.

Counter tops. We often clean our countertops, but neglect the areas that hold our kitchen gadgets or utensils. Remove everything first, then wipe and sanitize all surfaces.

Refrigerator & Freezer. Take everything out of the fridge. Then clean and sanitize all areas. Do the same with the freezer.

Cabinets. Wipe and sanitize the kitchen cabinets. Do this for both the inside and outside of each cabinet. Be sure to check online as to what cleaners are best for your cabinet surfaces (depending on what type of material your cabinet is made of).

Pantry Reorganization. Remove everything from your pantry, wipe and sanitize the inside of your pantry.

Bathroom.

Toothbrush holder and travel toothbrush holder. Throw this in the dishwasher for a thorough cleaning or clean with hot soapy water. Let dry completely before using it again.

Sink. Hot soapy water or an all-purpose bathroom cleaner from your local department store are generally the best options for cleaning your bathroom sink.

Mirrors & Windows. Remove all smudges and markings with either vinegar/ water spray or glass cleaner. If the weather is nice, be sure to do the outside of all windows as well.

Bathtub. There are many products available for removing build up from your tub.

Toilet. Pay special attention to the base of your toilet as it often gets neglected with just regular maintenance practices.

Bath Mats. Throw them in the washing machine and dryer. While they are being washed you can vacuum and clean your floors thoroughly.

Vent Covers. Remove all vent covers and wash them.

Bedrooms.

Dusting. Remove everything from dresser tops, and all other surfaces. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe away dust and other debris.

Washing. All bedding, pillowcases and pillows can be washed thoroughly.

Floors. This is also a good time to move your furniture and clean the floors. Vacuum if you have carpeted floors. If you have hardwood you can vacuum and mop as well.

Ceiling Fans. Wipe all ceiling fans and light fixtures.

Living Room.

Dusting. Dust all surfaces including coffee tables, windowsills, décor, and electronics. This includes removing all cobwebs from the ceiling and any neglected corners.

Disinfect handles and doorknobs. Disinfect all handles of furniture and all doorknobs. Do this in all bedrooms and bathrooms as well.

Spot Cleaning. This can be done on all carpeted areas in your home. Find a carpet cleaner that you like and keep some nearby any areas in your home that tend to get stained easily.

Laundry Room.

Floors. Vacuum and mop as well depending on floor type.

Surfaces. Wipe and sanitize all surfaces.

Laundry Room Sink. Wipe and sanitize your utility sink.

Washing Machine. Generally you will want to clean the inside of your machine once per month. I personally like to use affresh washing machine cleaner pods, which you can order online and can be found in some department stores such as Walmart. Some machines will have specific instructions for cleaning the machine, so be sure to follow those directions.

Dryer. Remove all lint. Your dryer may require some other maintenance tasks as well.

Home Office.

Desktop. Remove everything and wipe down all surfaces. Declutter, organize and deal with any paperwork that needs attention.

Disinfect Doorknobs and Monitor. Generally these areas are not maintained regularly unless you have someone who cleans your home for you or it is part of your regular maintenance routine.

Final Words.

If you have any questions about cleaning your space, feel free to leave a comment on this post or send us an email at lettherebespace@gmail.com. For information on cleaning to effectively kill coronavirus in your home check online, start by reading the articles listed below.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/disinfecting-your-home.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/cleaning-disinfection.html

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Eliminate Cable and Cord Clutter

Changing Technology Trends

We all have that pile of mismatched cables and cords that has been sitting idle in a drawer for years. With technology trends constantly changing we are acquiring new devices at an ever increasing pace to add to our collection, thus abandoning our outdated gadgets. With that pile of useless cords growing bigger every year, wouldn’t it be nice to quickly eliminate cable and cord clutter within your home once and for all? Read on to learn our simple five step method for decluttering and organizing your cords.

Sorting and Recycling

The first step is to take note of which devices you are currently using and which ones are just taking up space in your home. Sort your cords and cables setting aside the ones you no longer need in a bin for proper recycling. All e-waste can be recycled via your local Habitat for Humanity Restore or at the closest Best Buy location. Both have e-waste recycling programs, for more details check out bestbuy.ca and habitatwdg.ca/restore.

Cord and Cable Organization

The next step is to organize the cords you have decided to keep. Find a cable organizer or cable keeper that works for you. There are many options on Amazon.ca that you can choose from to keep your cables and cords from getting tangled. These options typically range from about $5 to $20. Another cheaper option is to use twist ties or binder clips which you may already have at home.

Bins and Labelling

Choose a bin or basket to hold all of your cords. Before placing each cord into the bin, label it. This prevents any confusion regarding which cord is for each of your devices. I recommend using a label maker to do this. However, if you don’t have a label maker just use a permanent marker and some masking tape.

Quick Review

Remember to remove and recycle all of your excess cords as soon as possible after decluttering. Why? Otherwise you will create clutter in other areas of your home. Placing the cords you no longer use into your car right away can be very helpful as a reminder to recycle them. Whenever you bring home a new device, take the time to organize and label all the cords right away. In sum, to prevent your cords and cables from becoming cluttered it is necessary to:

  1. Determining which cords you actually use
  2. Recycling the ones that you no longer need
  3. Use a cable organizer to prevent tangling of cords
  4. Find a suitable bin to hold all of your cords
  5. Label all cords prior to placing in the storage bin

Finding life too hectic to declutter and organize on your own? Not to worry! Let There Be Space can help you to simplify your life! Contact us via email at lettherebespace@gmail.com .

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Set Goals

Everyone needs to set goals to achieve our dreams. Setting goals is also important in order to achieve our ideal living space. This blog discusses the importance of determining goals for each room. This helps to direct the decluttering and organizing process.

What?

If you want to be organized, you need to determine what you want to use your space for. By doing so, decluttering and organizing that space will become much easier. You can then ask yourself, does this item belong in this space? For example, maybe you have stored your workout equipment in the living room. However, this is not where you usually exercise. This equipment should be moved to whichever room you prefer to workout in. Set a purpose for your space and remove items that do not belong. 

When?

Set a timeline for decluttering your home. If you are incredibly busy, perhaps your timeline will span several months. This is OK! Setting goals is important because it forces you to be responsible for achieving your goal of having an organized home. If you schedule time regularly to declutter and organize specific items within your home, you will be able to complete it within a reasonable amount of time. To make organization a priority in your life, you must make time for it. Schedule in time regularly to declutter and organize your belongings. If you have the time, you might prefer to declutter and organize your home all at once (again this could take a matter of weeks depending on many factors). Be patient with yourself and do not expect your home to become completely organized overnight.

Why?

Why set goals for your living space? Things don’t always get put back in the place where they belong especially when life is incredibly busy. If you set solid goals for your space, this is much less likely to happen. Set goals for the purpose of your space, set goals for how often you will maintain your space (i.e. cleaning, decluttering), and decide on an organizational system that works well for everyone in your household. By setting goals, you are setting yourself up for success. A clear, tangible plan is essential to helping you achieve your ideal home and lifestyle.