Spring Cleaning Giveaway!

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And the Winner is……Sandra M, with this cost efficient, and yummy smelling tip!

“Place the rinds of 2-3 oranges in a quart jar and fill with vinegar to make your own cleaner. Works great!”

Thank y’all for all the amazing tips, time to get Cleanin’!

 

With little ones at home it seems that just as we’re putting one basket of toys away another is being dumped over on our kitchen floor while we’re trying to get dinner on the table. Oh and don’t mind the dirty dishes in the sink from lunch that we were going to clean during nap-time!

No matter if you have little ones at home or they’re all grown up on their own, cleaning up is a necessary evil. The kitchen is one area that seems to require the most clean up attention, but when we cook with our crocks we’re using less pots and pans, plus when we use Reynolds® Slow Cooker Liners we don’t even have to clean the crock! It’s a beautiful thing…and so is Spring! Here is a fun giveaway we put together to get you started on your Spring Cleaning. Less time cleaning up the kitchen and more time to get after that junk drawer! (Yes, it’s time.)

To Enter:

Just answer the following question in the comments section of this post below, “What is your best spring cleaning tip?” and you’ll be entered for a chance to win Reynolds® Slow Cooker Liners for an entire month (three boxes), a Slow Cookin’ Companion cookbook and a brand new slow cooker!

The Rules:

- One entry per person
- Winner will be announced on the site on Friday

Good Luck!

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  1. NaDell
    #1 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Best spring cleaning tip? Set aside a day for each room and focus!

  2. Donna
    #2 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Vinegar, vinegar, vinegar! It is one of the least expensive ways to clean and does a fantastic job!

  3. Jennifer F.
    #3 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I use a squeegee to wash the inside of my windows every spring… makes it go quicker.

  4. Lees
    #4 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Spend 15min a day finding things to purge or donate through out your home.. even set a timer so you are totally focused on getting that one thing done today.

  5. Lisa
    #5 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    At the first sign of spring, I clean all the windows in the house with vinegar and water for no streaking. With clean windows I get see the spring blossom before my eyes and more clearly!

  6. Karen
    #6 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Don’t be afraid to throw things away or give away to charity / friends!

  7. Chessa D.
    #7 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:42 am

    If you have the means, I say hire a cleaner to come in while you are at work and the kids are at school :0) If that is not an option, my tip would be to send the hubby and kids out for a “daytime adventure” while you have the freedom to tackle the mess without distractions.

  8. Jill

    Jill
    #8 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Take a shower and put on clean clothes and put up your hair. Have some snacks in the kitchen and a pot of coffee brewing. Make it fun and tasty. Being clean, comfortable and well fed makes any job fun.

  9. Faye
    #9 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Do the hardest room first…then the next hardest…etc…the rooms then get easier and easier to do and you don’t give up on the whole project…

  10. Debbie
    #10 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:43 am

    I love to turn on music from the sixties and start cleaning. It’s a great motivator to sing as you clean. It’s amazing how much you can get done.

  11. Diana
    #11 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Have all your supplies gathered and ready to go so you don’t have to spend a lot of time stopping and looking for things and can move through the rooms efficiently.

  12. Deb E.
    #12 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Put a laundry basket at the bottom of the stairs. Start tidying downstairs. Everything that belongs upstairs goes in the basket. When you move upstairs, take the basket with you and put those things away first. Saves running up and down the stairs multiple times!

  13. Wendy
    #13 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    I make lots of lists. Then I can cross things off as I finish. I feel a sense of accomplishment (especially when it is something you did that others can’t see like cleaning out a drawer or closet.)

    I have also started a container for clothes to donate. This container is near my closet so when I find something I don’t want to wear anymore I can throw it right in. When the conatiner is full, it is all ready to donate.

  14. jennifer
    #14 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Clean top to bottom, left to right . :)

  15. Lees
    #15 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Just thought I would add.. Gotta try everyone!!! I never or rarely ever win anything but.. its worth the try for this is an amazing giveaway! foolish not to try!!!! Good luck everyone! !!!!

  16. Nicole
    #16 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Open the windows and crank up the music. I get so much more accomplished when I am listening to good music!

  17. Kate
    #17 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    PURGE! I feel so much better after getting rid of stuff, and less stuff=easier rooms to clean!

  18. Sue
    #18 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Put on some lively music and clean to the beat. :-)

  19. Kathy
    #19 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Do as much as you can while the kids are in school!

  20. Molly
    #20 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    My best Spring Cleaning tip is to go through your home and put all of the documents that you are keeping because you “may need them some day”, into a “Scan Box”. Then, set aside time one day to scan all of the documents into your computer or onto a flash drive, organizing them by categories, so you can find them easily when you need them. I even scan in all of the little pictures and cards my children make, so I will have them all at my fingertips when I need them, and not just randomly placed about the house. It takes some time in the beginning, but once you get going, your house can be paper-free, and your life can be decluttered!

  21. shannon
    #21 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Make it a family affair!! Take one day and assign a room to each person….and my family’s favorite part…..ice cream afterwards!!

  22. Pamela R.

    Pamela R.
    #22 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Don’t be in a rush to get the whole house done at the same time! Make a schedule, and stick with it!

  23. Stefanie G.
    #23 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Open all the windows in the house to let out the winter germs and work from the ceiling down. Think Spring!

  24. Ronda
    #24 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Throw away junk mail as it comes in. If there is a pile of stuff that I haven’t touched in a month or so, I then throw away what is not needed anymore.

  25. Lisa
    #25 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:49 am

    One room a day from top to bottom

  26. Brona A.
    #26 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Focus! I have ADD so it’s easy for me to start one project and find myself drawn into another project which leads to another and another and another. SIGH!

  27. nikki
    #27 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Clean one room at a time and one day at a time is my best spring cleaning tip. Also if I throw something out when I buy something new ,throughout the year,then things dont get cluttered

  28. LeAnn
    #28 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:50 am

    we go through each room and start in one corner working our way out. Then baking soda and vinegar to clean services.

  29. Cynthia
    #29 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Spring is the time that I go through all of the dressers, closets, & toy boxes. I pass along to my nephews & nieces the clothes or items that they can use. For the rest, I donate. It feels like such an accomplishment when you are done with the bedrooms!

  30. Debbie
    #30 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Make a list of everything you want to clean, spread it out over a week and designate something off the list for each day of the week. Put your favorite music on, start the task of the day as soon as you get up, get it done. cross it off the list and before you know it you got your entire cleaning list done a task at a time… without tiring yourself out!!

  31. Candy
    #31 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    When I’m ready to spring clean, I get boxes to put things in, example, Give away, throw away, file, store, etc. That way I don’t have to leave the room to put those things away and then get distracted and not get back to the room I started!!! And MUSIC, have to have music going to keep me going!!!! And of course get a meal in the crock pot to have ready so I don’t have to take time out once I’m on a roll cleaning, it will be ready to eat when everyone is hungry!!!

  32. Betty Ann
    #32 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    My thing is IF I haven’t used it or wore it in a year I donate or toss it.

  33. mary t.
    #33 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:52 am

    I take 1 day at a time, make my lists, do 1 room at a time, take my time, no need to rush, it comes out better when taking time for detail, no need to go crazy, started here inside already, waiting for warmer weather to do outside, clean garage and get rid of things I don’t need or use, donate to charity or throw away whatever the need be

  34. Carol
    #34 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Start by cleaning out your closet. Get rid of the clothes you haven’t worn in a year. That always get me eager to get on to the rest of the house.

  35. Amanda
    #35 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Don’t be afraid to purge!!

  36. Kristin
    #36 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Nothing makes a house smell better than the benefits of using a little fresh citrus – and it doubles as a great multi-purpose cleaner when mixed with a little white vinegar and baking soda as well.

    Also, it’s an excellent source for cleaning out that microwave – just place a cut lemon in the micro for about 10-20 seconds with about a 1 cup of water to produce some steam and wipe clean.

    I am enjoying everyones tips.

    Happy Crockin every one – I love this community.

  37. karen
    #37 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I air out the house first on a nice spring day use vinegar and backing soda on what I can (floor, kitchen, etc.) for the most used rooms. I make it like a party and relax with a bubble bath when Im all done.

  38. LouAnn
    #38 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Focus on purging first, then clean. So much easier to clean when there isn’t too much clutter!

  39. Marj
    #39 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I use newspaper to clean all my windows with any type of cleaner. Never streaks and easy to clean.

  40. Jean
    #40 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:58 am

    I try to purge all year long so that it’s not a huge project and do the same with spring cleaning jobs–so what if I wash my windows mid summer–they’re done! Right?!?

  41. Tamara
    #41 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Touch papers just once…don’t shuffle them around to different piles. Don’t forget the closets and junk drawers! Organizing a closet just makes a person feel good!

  42. Dana W.
    #42 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Pull out your slow cooker and make your family’s favorite recipe. Make a list of each task in each room for younger children. Tackle one area or floor at a time. Work together as a family. Having a yummy smelling meal in the crockpot keeps everyone on task (we’ll eat when we finish) plus dinner’s ready when you are done!

  43. Jana
    #43 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I try and take care of one room at a time. Finish it and move on.

  44. JoAnn
    #44 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Pinterest!! It is loaded with tips on cleaning. I found one for an 8 hour thorough spring cleaning and plan on using it!

  45. Sandra T.
    #45 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Find something to motivate you. I am thinking of rewarding myself with a new desk and chair when I finish the cleaning and painting.

  46. Dawn C.
    #46 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    My best spring cleaning tip is to do one room a day. Too overwhelming to do it all at once! Also, open the windows and let the fresh air in!

  47. Jennifer
    #47 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I try to be organized enough with a list and plan to tackle a room or two per a weekend. I start by having my meals planned and ready for the crock pot, take my bucket o’ supplies to a room, turn up the tunes, crack a window and get to cleaning. I always feel so good when it is done & I can relax because dinner is cooking in the crock pot!

  48. Teresa
    #48 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    One room at a time…I break my spring cleaning down in small bites, so I’m not overwelmed and I can still feel like I accomplished something. Makes it more enjoyable. :-)

  49. Belinda
    #49 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Set a timer and spend only that amount of time on any one project! If you can’t take it out and put it all back within that time frame, make the job into smaller projects!

  50. Traci Z.
    #50 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I do a little something every day so when the weekend rolls around I can spend the beautiful spring days outside working in my flower beds. Also, love to listen to music while I work, it keeps me moving.

  51. Pam U.
    #51 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    1 part vinegar to 3 parts water. Cleans everything with no worries of the toxic stuff!

  52. Kris
    #52 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    When weeding out the toys and things your kids don’t play with anymore, try to do it when they’re not around. The toys that they haven’t touched in years suddenly become their favorites when you want to get rid of them!

  53. Natalie
    #53 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Toys seem to take over our house here there and everywhere problem solved. I rotate toys only allow a few toys in the toy room. Put some aside in boxes on shelves to store and rotate. This eliminates the kids from being overwhelmed with so many choices and scattering of toys throughout the house. Before rotating all toys are washed or disinfected before storage. Everynight a checklist of the toy room is done if toys not picked up and put away crayons, books, trucks, etc. they lose them. This way they have to be accountable too.

  54. Barbara K.
    #54 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Upbeat music and open windows for fresh air!
    And if that doesn’t get you going I say hire someone :)

  55. Candyce
    #55 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I take 1 room a day over a couple weeks span and clean top to bottom…that way I haven’t wasted my weekend cleaning

  56. Pam
    #56 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I like to go room by room and start with the closets and drawers where things get stuffed away. I have a pile for garbage, donate and why am I keeping that!

  57. Laurie
    #57 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    A new crockpot!!! How exciting!! I have been wearing mine out trying these recipes!!
    I guess it’s not really a tip but I am so excited to get outside and put some elbow grease into cleaning the outside of my windows!! I think that is my favorite thing about spring cleaning is to have nice, clean, fresh windows so you can see the beauties of spring…flowers, birds, green grass etc!

  58. Sara B.
    #58 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Make it a family affair! Assign different cleaning tasks to kids based on age and get them to “help” you with the bigger jobs in any way possible. Celebrate a job well done by going out to your favorite restaurant! Make it a fun “spring cleaning” instead of a trecherous one!

  59. Mandi
    #59 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Just get to it! If I try to plan and organize, I procrastinate. So I just start one morning and roll with it. I jump around the house a bit so I don’t get too bored or overwhelmed with one area.

  60. Lynette
    #60 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    The best tip I have is to pick a small spot (such as a few cabinets or the pantry) once everthing is oranized and put in its place or even thrown away it will be so much easier to the next spot, lets say a closet or desk. The more you get done the better you feel… and don’t forget to at least tryand keep it maintained.

  61. smi74
    #61 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Start with all of the windows then go back and clean the rest. I start at one end of house and work my way to the kitchen at the other end .

  62. Tracy B.
    #62 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I have bad knees, so any job that requires me getting down on my hands and knees makes it difficult. I use volleyball knee pads to make the job easier. Without pain I can focus on really getting the job done. Oh, and having my favorite 80s music on and the windows open is a sure-fire way to get me motivated to spring clean!

  63. mary
    #63 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    I pretend I am moving each spring and get rid of anything I haven’t used since last spring.

  64. angela
    #64 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    I make a list for each room as to what I have to do for spring cleaning. As each item is on the list gets done, I cross it off my list and know that I am getting a lot acomplished even if I can’t necessarily see it.

  65. Beth
    #65 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I take care of my invalid father and I plan on calling my sister to come over and answer his ringing bell so I can go though Mom’s stuff to donate, sell or give away without any interruptions.

  66. Jill C.
    #66 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Change over the clothes and have a bag by the dresser for donations.

  67. Peggy L.
    #67 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Clean with a buddy or two! One day hit their house, the next yours. It’s a whole lot faster with help and much more fun. And if you put something in the crock while you’re cleaning, you don’t have to mess up the house making dinner. :)

  68. Stephanie
    #68 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    I’m soooo not good about cleaning…I HATE IT! I never had to do it as a child and so that has hurt me big time as an adult and as a mom. So my advice is to just try to keep up with the mess on a daily basis. If you keep up with it it shouldn’t get out of hand!

  69. jennifer
    #69 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Each spring I go through the closets and the kitchen cabinets and if we are not using it or wearing it, it goes out the door to the church. We do it quickly and immediately drive it to the church so we do not change our minds.

  70. Christine C.
    #70 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I take one of those polyester reusable dusting cloths and tie it to my broom and dust the ceilings and walls. Try to keep my house as dust free as possible since i suffer from lovely allergies :)

  71. marie
    #71 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    label boxes or trash bags as KEEP, TRASH, DONATE. helps keep me from just “moving” stuff around.

  72. marie
    #72 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    to keep from moving piles of stuff around i label boxes or trash bags with KEEP, TRASH, DONATE.

  73. Leslie M.
    #73 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    use a pillowcase to cover each blade of the ceiling fan for dusting. helps to keep the dust from flying everywhere. then just toss the pillowcase in the wash!

  74. Lauren B.
    #74 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Find a friend to be a purge buddy. 1) It’s always more fun to do with someone. 2) A person outside your house will be more objective and not as sentimental as you are. Pick someone who will question you on “keep” items, and will keep the process moving. If they will moon over all the drawings with you, and agree that those too small clothes are precious and should be kept for memories, this is not the buddy for you. Be sure to be that voice of reason for your friend too.

  75. Donna
    #75 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    I use coffee filters to wash windows and mirrors, that way there is no lint from the paper towels left behind.

  76. Cheryl
    #76 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    I am a Senior and I like to be organized, so I send home something with each family member or friend when they visit and then whatever they chose to take home I clean that room really good and see what else I can donate to charity. I am finding all kinds of clean space for me to enjoy.

  77. Kimberly

    Kimberly
    #77 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Opened windows and a lot of vinegar. It’s the best cleaning product out there….inexpensive too. :)

  78. Linda W.
    #78 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Keep Crocking using Reynolds Slow Cooker liners for a quick clean up saving you time to relax with a glass of wine and a good book to read.

  79. Stacie
    #79 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Spring Cleaning is a great time to rearrange the furniture, you are moving everything to clean behind or under it anyway. The idea of changing up my surroundings while getting the cleaning done motivates me.

  80. Pauline Brechlin

    Pauline Brechlin
    #80 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    First put meal in slow cooker with Reynolds liner insert for easy clean up, turn the tunes on, get the kids occupied with something of interest and clean each room from top to bottom ( a room or two a day) . Gotta love having your meal cooked while you are doing spring cleaning….no worries of having to make time to cook….and easy cleanup with the Reynolds liner. What more could ya ask for in spring cleaning???!!!

  81. Linda V.
    #81 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Fill a squirt bottle with vinegar and water, turn up the music and get it done!

  82. April
    #82 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    When washing windows, wipe side to side on the inside and up and down on the outside. That way you will know which side your streaks are on if you have any.

  83. Lauren
    #83 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Get the whole family involved! Have the kids help go through toys and make piles of “Still play with” and “Don’t play with”, have the husband get the junk out of the garage, etc.

    The more hands, the easier it is! :)

  84. LINDA M.
    #84 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Create a calendar with one chore per day. Example Day 1: Wipe down baseboards.

  85. Nicky
    #85 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    To get in the mood for spring cleaning, I like to throw open the windows, light some candles around the house and turn on some peppy music. It instantly adds some fresh air and it makes my place smell good. That inspires me to move on to the nitty-gritty!

  86. ann marie
    #86 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I spend 3-4 hours on a Saturday doing one chore… Like cleaning a closet.

  87. Jenny
    #87 on March 11th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Turn all of your clothes hangers backward (so you have to hook them around the back of the closet rod). Each time you wear something and put it back in your closet, hang it the normal way. That way, a year from now, you can easily see what you have and haven’t worn in the last year. This makes purging things out of your closet easier because you have proof of what you no longer wear, not just going on memory/feeling. I always find myself saying, “But I might still wear that sometime.” This way, I know if I haven’t worn it at all for a year, I probably won’t wear it again.

  88. leslie
    #88 on March 11th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Open all the windows first and let that warmth and sunshine in! Start in the kitchen. Fix yourself a pretty pitcher of ice water with lemon slices floating in it. Take another lemon, slice it, and put it in a glass bowl of water in the microwave for 10 minutes – later you can wipe clean the inside of the microwave easily. Then put the lemon down the garbage disposal to give you a fresh, lemon-scented kitchen!

  89. KATE
    #89 on March 11th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Start in one closet and work my way from bedroom to bedroom. I decided to start in our room this year as I spend so much time in the kids bedrooms that I never get rid of clothes that I don’t wear anymore! I like the rotating of the hangers to see what has been worn and what hasn’t.

  90. Alisha
    #90 on March 11th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Clean after the little one is in bed!!

  91. Laura M.
    #91 on March 11th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Had a lazy day…Spray some pledge right by the door just before your hubby comes home. He’ll think you’ve been cleaning for hours. LOL

    Make a cleaning checklist of things you want/need to clean. Everyday check off at least 3 cleaning items.

  92. LORA
    #92 on March 11th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Turn on the music! That is what I do when I want to do some serious cleaning – makes it more fun and makes you clean faster!

  93. Lauren
    #93 on March 11th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Go through and donate things you have not used in 6 months or a year. No need to keep things you don’t use anymore.

  94. Sherry
    #94 on March 11th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Just LOOK at one area at a time. May be too discouraging if you view whole room or house.

  95. sherry
    #95 on March 11th, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    I wash all my curtains and then put them back up and let them dry with the windows open

  96. chantal
    #96 on March 11th, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Get together with a friend and job share, do one home together one day and the other the next. Good coffee and music helps :-)

  97. Gloria
    #97 on March 11th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Start room with two bags at the doorway one for donations and one for trash- anything that hasn’t been used in the last year goes in one of the bags.

  98. mary
    #98 on March 11th, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Try to do one room (thoroughly) per day – or two if time allows. Put on some good music and go for it!

  99. Kimberly
    #99 on March 11th, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    My Spring Cleaning tip is to start with one task per day. Clean windows Monday, etc.

  100. Angela
    #100 on March 11th, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Just pick a day, make a list, and stick to it. What you don’t get done will still be there the next day to finish. And, always clean from the top down. In other words don’t dust the furniture and vacuum/sweep all the floors then de-fuzz the ceiling fan blades…counter productive…LOL!!!

  101. Pamela W.
    #101 on March 11th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Before storing your winter clothes, separate them into piles to toss, donate, mend or take to the dry cleaner.

  102. Denise
    #102 on March 11th, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Enlist the help of the kids….Explain that everyone can spend 1 day getting a lot done or they can spend every afternoon for a week working on it!!

    Make “to-do” sticky notes with a value attached to each (ie. $.50 or $1.00). Tell them to choose a chore sticky, sign their name on it and stick it on a cabinet door. After they complete the task they may pick another sticky. My 4 kids LOVE this and a lot gets done.

    Examples could be: Empty all garbage cans into kitchen trash, fold a load of laundry, clean toilets, clean mirrors or windows, vacuum room, organize pantry shelves, clean kitty litter box etc.

    This leaves you free to get the big stuff done and it’s cheaper then hiring a maid!! When it’s all done, eat a dinner that been in the crock pot all day…less mess!!

  103. Jane
    #103 on March 11th, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I have to make lists to cover everything – not that I always do this very well.

  104. Keri
    #104 on March 11th, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Clean one thing – start to finish, before starting on the next thing!

  105. Kim
    #105 on March 11th, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Use Windex Outdoor All In Ones to clean the outside of the windows. They rock my world! I have tilt in windows but it’s so fast using these things I don’t bother. 20 minutes to clean my 20 windows and I don’t have to move any furniture. Go buy them, trust me!

  106. melissa
    #106 on March 11th, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    My best Spring cleaning tip would have to be focus on one room at a time until that room is COMPLETE! Do a walk thru of the room first and make a detailed list then check off as you complete so you feel accomplished when you are done. Also, sign up for a group yard sale before you start so you can collect a pile as you go!

  107. suzanne y.
    #107 on March 11th, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I pick one room downstairs and one room upstairs. I completely unload all other rooms into those two and then start ‘greasing’ and stirring’ it all up and putting it back together. This is called the… “You must scramble an egg before you can make an omelette” approach. :}

  108. Barbara B.
    #108 on March 11th, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I have to take one room at a time. I start with the “easiest” room first. Then it doesn’y seem like such a chore. By the time I get to the hardest rooms, I am good to go!

  109. Deb
    #109 on March 11th, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Cleaning my windows so I can look out and enjoy the beautiful spring flowers blooming.

  110. Kim
    #110 on March 11th, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Donate any winter clothes you or you kids did not wear this winter to make more room in your closets!

  111. Kathy
    #111 on March 11th, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    First, it has to be a nice day outside so that my dogs can be outside. Otherwise, it is very difficult to clean with them underfoot, particularly when they are attacking the vacuum cleaner!

  112. Lisa
    #112 on March 11th, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Have boxes ready to purge items you haven’t used more than 6 months ago and drop them in as you clean each room. I try to do 15 minutes a day at a minimum and in a month you can get a tone done!

  113. Karen
    #113 on March 11th, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    I get the whole family involved. One big project (cleaning rooms, purging closets, washing windows, yard work) is followed by a reward. Rewards can be simple like a quick trip to the dollar store, or bigger like a day at the zoo. It all depends on the size of the job.

  114. Nikki B.
    #114 on March 11th, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Make a plan and do a little bit of cleaning at a time.

  115. Aimee W.

    Aimee W.
    #115 on March 11th, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Purge things that I haven’t used!

  116. Jim
    #116 on March 11th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    after washing windows and mirrors, use newspaper to dry them — no streaks! …just throw out (or recycle) the newspaper after using.

  117. Jamie
    #117 on March 11th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    One room at a time and remember to donate your used items

  118. Gina
    #118 on March 11th, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    My tip? Don’t do it in the first place!! Seriously, I don’t do any special cleaning for the spring. I just try to keep the house clean all year long. Cleaning out my flower beds after the winter is about all I do I guess.

  119. Tracey B.
    #119 on March 11th, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Even the deep freezer needs a good spring cleaning! I see what I can clean out of the freezer and combine in the crockpot! soup, chili, chicken dishes, veggie dishes,etc whatever it takes to start fresh and make sure i am using up the stuff in the freezer and start anew!

  120. Elizabeth
    #120 on March 11th, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    As soon as the weather gets cold I place a large box in the basement. Throughout the winter as I find things around the house that needs to be discarded or donated I put them all in the box. Then as soon as the spring weather arrives I go through the box one last time. Most of it gets donated or given away and I feel better for not having dumped it immediately.

  121. amy
    #121 on March 11th, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    In order to organize you need less stuff. I usually first try to sell, then donate, then junk only as a last resort. Have the kids pitch in. I have her room setup so she knows books go on the book case, bin for stuffed animals, game area etc. Purge when they are away, they never notice if stuff is gone.

  122. Casey
    #122 on March 11th, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    I use RAIN-X on my clear shower doors to help keep Soap Scum from forming! Works GREAT!

  123. Jennifer W.
    #123 on March 11th, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    I use twist ties on all my hangers each spring when we trade out seasonal clothing. Then when the hangers come through the laundry room the ties come off. Any clothes left on hangers with twist ties at the end of the season hav to go. Keeps clothes that I don’t wear from taking up space in my closet.

  124. Jennifer W.
    #124 on March 11th, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Can’t seem to get mine to post here. It is on Facebook.

  125. Kristen F.
    #125 on March 11th, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    S-sort
    P-pare down
    R-recycle, reuse, re purpose
    I-identify locations for your sorted and pared down items
    N-now is the time to find containers and label
    G-Gotta put things away

  126. Julie
    #126 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Make the margaritas first so they will be nice and chilled when you are finished!!

  127. Christina A.
    #127 on March 11th, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    My favorite products are Norwex and e-cloth: Both clean and disinfect without the use of toxic chemicals! I always accompany cleaning by diffusing essential oils to clean and purify the air.

  128. Maralea
    #128 on March 12th, 2013 at 6:37 am

    First off, put something in the crockpot for dinner, then set goals for the day!

  129. Heather!
    #129 on March 12th, 2013 at 7:03 am

    I think a plan of attack is good, using a timer helps break up the whole overwhelming task into manageable pieces. And never underestimate the power of some good, loud music to help keep you moving!

    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

  130. Becky P.
    #130 on March 12th, 2013 at 8:15 am

    I find what really helps me is setting a timer. I don’t know why but I get so much more accomplished when I have a time limit. And also, just focus on one room at a time. Sometimes I have gotten distracted and if I have gone to another room for a minute to put something away I start cleaning that room too, and then I get super overwhelmed. So stick to one room at a time.

  131. Megan
    #131 on March 12th, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I participate in my sons preschools resale and just take my time going through all of my boys rooms and the rest of the house, clearing out clothes, toys, bedding accessories, etc. You would be surprised at how much you accumulate each year! When I’m finished with the resale, I’m very motivated to do cleaning that doesn’t get done weekly: vacuum & flip mattresses, wash curtains, move fridge and clean behind, shampoo rugs, windows, etc., etc.! I could go on m.

  132. Amanda
    #132 on March 12th, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Make plans for your significant other to take the kids out for the day (or make arrangements for them to go somewhere). I had no idea how much could be done (correctly) with everyone gone! :)

  133. Angie
    #133 on March 12th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Declutter! I usually end up going to my local dollar store and getting little storage bins to organize and label things.

  134. Kelly
    #134 on March 12th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    My tip is to donate items you haven’t used in the last year.

  135. Melody
    #135 on March 12th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Take it one room/task at a time. Otherwise, it’s too overwhelming. And don’t forget to have a list so you can check things off as you finish them. In addition to the great feeling of a clean house, you get the satisfaction of seeing tasks completed on your list.

  136. Laurie
    #136 on March 12th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    I set a timer and only work till it goes off. Things get done & I never feel overwhelmed.

  137. Kim
    #137 on March 12th, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    I love using all natural MELALEUCA products that smell great and take so much LESS work to clean with! I love love love them. Tough and Tender and Tub and Tile are tops on my list.

  138. Judy
    #138 on March 12th, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    A room a day. I don’t get worn out.. and do a really deep clean.

  139. MARLA
    #139 on March 12th, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Best Spring Cleaning tip? Why, invite company over. No better motivation for cleaning and cleaning in a hurry than to have company coming!!! :-) Or even better, have company stop by unannounced. LOL

  140. Suzee
    #140 on March 12th, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Use a slightly damp dryer sheet to clean greasy film on top of refrigerator. Also to clean fingerprints from front of refrigerator. Also shines the faucets quickly and easily.

  141. Diane K.
    #141 on March 12th, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    I give each kid a bucket and we get to work!

  142. Tammy
    #142 on March 12th, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    I love to fill a bottle with vinegar and water and just start at the tops of the kitchen cabinets and work my way down to the floor. Cleans great and doesn’t smell like chemicals. Just make sure you dont finish just in time to make lunch because you wont get to enjoy your clean kitchen..I speak from experience

  143. LeAnn
    #143 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    My best cleaning tip….find a good housekeeper!!! lol

  144. Courtney
    #144 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    ..get everyone in the house to join the fun!!!

  145. Alisha
    #145 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    The refrigerator door is one of the first places I hit. I find almost empty bottles of things waaaaayyyy expired!! Easy to get rid of and lots more room!

  146. Vickie
    #146 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Make a list and mark things off as you go. Then you can see how much you have accomplished and it will encourage you to continue! : )

  147. Sue C.
    #147 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Hi All,
    My two cleaning product/tips are: Use vinegar for windows and mirrors. You can also use vinegar to clean out your dishwasher and it will smell fresh. Pour a little vinegar in stainless steel pots and pans with a little water and watch the blueish coloring come right out and sparkle like new! Mix vinegar with warm water and wipe down your hardwood floors. You can also use vinegar and hot water to soak your paintbrushes in and presto – clean!! Now for Baking soda – mix with warm water to wipe out your fridge and also pour some down your drains to get rid of icky smells.

  148. Shannon
    #148 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    While doing your normal spring cleaning, go through all your kids toys and/or clothes and see what ones you can donate!! (Plus do your closet as well!) Great way to give to others while cleaning out your house. I do this with toys and clothes.

  149. Lucy
    #149 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Have a basket/box in the room to hold things that don’t belong in that room. It keeps you from leaving the room you’re working on & being distracted somewhere else.

    It also helps to have a family member who is super organized and disciplined standing over you with a whip. :)

  150. Laura
    #150 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    I make a list of every room and each task specific to that room…then I assign each room a day. It takes 2 weeks but it does get done without being overwhelming.

  151. Susan
    #151 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I make piles (or baskets) of things that need to go upstairs/ in another room. If it goes I sort by room (my son, daughter, our room, office) and can easily deliver a basket or pile to that location. It’s easier to sort into batches and then deliver to the appropriate place (and then everyone can put away their own things!)

  152. Dana
    #152 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    I open up all the windows, love the fresh air. I turn on my Scentsy with my favorite frangrance. Then I tackle one room at a time, throwing away and/or gathering items for the Goodwill as I go.

  153. Jackie
    #153 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    I get my boys involved. I let them clean their room and get rid of what they no longer want. Makes them feel better that Mom isn’t throwing away something that is “important.”

  154. Jackie
    #154 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    To keep from getting overwhelmed make a schedule of things you want to get done. ie Pick a day to high dust, then a day to low dust, then a day for mirrors & blinds, etc. till list is gone. This not only gets your TO DO list done it usually eliminates that ‘house looks worse than when I started’ issue.

  155. Gina
    #155 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    “What is your best spring cleaning tip?”

    Make a detail list and set aside time for each item on the list.

  156. Jackie
    #156 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    mix baking soda and water to form a paste for oven cleaning. Pile it on dirty spots and leave over night. Wipe up the next morning. NO ODORS and it’s green

  157. Tonia

    Tonia
    #157 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I start with all my closets Then I move on to the Kitchen. I save my Bedrooms till last. This is a good time to give back so we carry items not used that are in condition to the Salvation Army

  158. cindy
    #158 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    The evening before ur clean up day get a bucket and fill with all the cleaning supplies u will need as well as a 2 large trash bags, one for trash the other for give away as well as get ur crock pot dinner prepared to turn on in the am.

  159. Traci Belle
    #159 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Send you husband out of town for the weekend, grab a glass of wine, and pull everything out of your closet.

  160. Alison
    #160 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Small steps! I divide everything up into small pieces and do a little bit at a time. I’m mildly ADD, so I need to keep changing things up or I get bored. This helps keep me motivated!

  161. Tracey Y.
    #161 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Take one room at a time. Use three large plastic tubs, one for trash, one for donations, one for keeping things. Put on your favorite music and either open windows or have lots of light in room you’re working on so you don’t feel like you’re digging in a cave. :)

  162. Denise
    #162 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I carry a caddy/basket full of cleaning supplies such as Windex, paper towels, furniture polish, Febreeze, some small trash bags etc. So as I go room to room cleaning, I can carry all the supplies I could possibly need with me. Makes cleaning easier and more efficient. I also carry a lightweight laundry basket along with me room to room if I know there are toys or magazines etc out of place that need to be taken back to another room. The basket method makes cleaning so much easier and saves lots of time! :D

  163. Barbara C.
    #163 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Start at the top and work your way down! Do all of the ceiling fans first and then go around where the ceiling and walls come together, down the corners and around the baseboards. Finish one room before going to another.

  164. Barbara C.
    #164 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    P.S. I use a long handled lambs wool duster and it works great!

  165. Phyllis
    #165 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Um-m-mmmm…don’t? You should clean all year, then there would be no such thing as “Spring Cleaning”.

  166. Alley E.
    #166 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I like to organize a room at a time. Pick a room a day to avoid getting overwhelmed :)

  167. Christine D.
    #167 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    I put a box/basket for each family member in the room. If there is a question about shred/keep/giveaway/donate in goes in the appropriate box for someone to decide on. I also make appropriate areas available for the to be shredded/donate/etc items.

  168. Kathy
    #168 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Go through the closet, purge clothes that haven’t been worn in over a year and donate it.

  169. Diana
    #169 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Use newspaper when cleaning windows doesn’ t leave lint

  170. Tami E.
    #170 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Start by cleaning out those “junk drawers”… I say start little and work your way up!!!!

  171. Chris
    #171 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Clean out and donate all you can because there’s going to be new things coming in this year and you’ll be way overcrowded if you don’t clean out what you’ve already accumulated.

  172. mrawles
    #172 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Hang all your hangers in your closet backwards. After you wear something, turn the hanger forward. After a year, get rid of all the things on the backwards hangers. If you haven’t worn it in a year, you probably are not going to wear it.

  173. Donna H.
    #173 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    First of all, get your meal ready and throw ‘er in the crock pot! That way, you have all day to deal with the cleaning, and don’t have to worry about what’s for dinner or take time to make it. Second, get someone there to help you who could care less about the “stuff” you have piled up. Get rid of everything and anything that you know you’ll never wear or use again. My son is a good choice for me, because even though there are some things I’d rather keep, he usually talks me out of it and it get thrown or donated! I have already started on my husband’s room… he’s been dealing with a lot of health issues for several years, and passed away in November. :( I’ve been able to sort through his clothes and shoes and things and get rid of or give them away, but I wanted to do his room first because I knew it would be the hardest. Also, like I said, get the ol’ crock pot going, and then blast some good ol’ music that you love and will motivate you. The smell of the food cooking will also motivate you to work faster, knowing there’s a rainbow at the end of the day! Oh, and one thing about the crock pot liners… on the box, it says they’re good for 3 qts. to 6.5 qts, but I can use mine in my 98 qt. It’s a bit of a stretch, but it still works!

  174. Trisha L.
    #174 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Clean out your closets and purge, purge, purge! Easier to clean and stay organized when there is less “stuff” in the way! Donate toys and clothes the kids have outgrown, too! Get them involved to help teach them to share and not become too materialistic.

  175. Kathy
    #175 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Get the kids involved! Buy wipes from the Dollar Store and have them help wipe down everything from door knobs to mirrors to side tables to baseboards. they sell all sorts of wipes for every kind of surfaces and they are quick, easy and cheap.

  176. betsy
    #176 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    I make a list of things that I must get done, then I take one room at a time in order to meet my sprig cleaning goals. It really helps me stay on task :)

  177. Lori H.
    #177 on March 12th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Get everyone in on the act! More hands makes this all of this go faster;)

  178. Jennifer
    #178 on March 12th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Make a list of what exactly I want to accomplish. If it’s not on my list, I’ll forget!

  179. Beth B.
    #179 on March 12th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I love to attack my house with my steam cleaner for spring cleaning!! No chemicals and it gets everything super clean!! Happy Spring y’all!!

  180. Rachel
    #180 on March 12th, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Make a list of something you want to do every day for about a week. Then stick to it! It doesn’t seem so daunting when done that way!

  181. Mary
    #181 on March 12th, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    The easiest way to do Spring cleaning is to hire a maid and watch him/her work.

  182. Cheri H.

    Cheri H.
    #182 on March 12th, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Get some garbage bags and go crazy!!! Nothing feels fresher than getting rid of clutter! Simplify :) Also, I open all the windows and take curtains and mini blinds down to be washed. I love clean windows in the spring…what better way to bring the outdoors in!!! Love Spring :)

  183. Cheri H.

    Cheri H.
    #183 on March 12th, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Open all the windows and let the outdoors in…then I take my curtains and mini blinds down and wash them. What better way to enjoy spring than to have clean windows to let it in!!! :)

  184. Tyra B.
    #184 on March 12th, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Send the kids to grandmas and tackle one room at a time. Start at the top and work your way down.

  185. L D.
    #185 on March 12th, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Make a list of 30 things you want to clean (example junk drawer in kitchen, window screens, under bathroom sink, ect.) do one thing on the list a day! 30 chores in 30 days! Then your doing your regular cleaning during the week and not feeling over whelmed with spring cleaning too!

  186. Julia
    #186 on March 12th, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Ask the hubby – Mine does awesome on windows… Love him!

  187. K G.
    #187 on March 12th, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    throw away one bag per week. & i agree vinegar vinegar, one of the best

  188. Wilma
    #188 on March 12th, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Send the husband away for the day so u can get rid of anything (of his junk) you want if you get my drift :)

  189. Floyce C.
    #189 on March 12th, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Always put things in place while you have them in your hand instead of laying them down and having to pick them up again.

  190. Tiffany
    #190 on March 12th, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Start with one room at a time or you will have a million projects going before you know it!!!!

  191. Renae
    #191 on March 12th, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Clean one room at a time. Seeing one completely clean room motivates me to move on to another. Always start cleaning from the top down, so as to not get dust/dirt on surfaces you’ve already cleaned.

  192. Melinda
    #192 on March 12th, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Hire a maid & get outdoors & enjoy that spring weather! Being cooped up all winter (living in a village in Alaska keeps me cooped up all winter) I’m usually itching to leave all the cleaning behind & spend my free time outdoors!!

  193. Carly
    #193 on March 12th, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    I found a great shower/bathroom cleaning solution on pintrest. Microwave 1 cup of vinegar for about 2 min, pour into a spray bottle. Add 1/2 cup of Dawn dish soap. Shake it up, and spray away. It works great! Also, I like to focus on one room at a time!

  194. ilvia
    #194 on March 12th, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    trash bags as many as possible! i like to pick a day when the kids and my husband are gone and just go through EVERYTHING. i always end up with bags to donate, and toss. for me it declutters,makes me feel less stressed about buying new things for the house and a reason to shop also. but shh my husband doesnt know about that part of my reasoning for cleaning :)

  195. Cg
    #195 on March 12th, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    In January start at the front of the house and work your way through
    The entire house through the year. Small increments
    To purge and reorganize. Spring clean all year long!

  196. DAWN
    #196 on March 12th, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    My best tip is to tackle a room a day as opposed to try to do everything at once, it is so much less daunting that way!

  197. Karen
    #197 on March 12th, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Love the books Speed Cleaning, Spring Cleaning, and Clutter Control by Jeff Campbell. One great tip I got out of them was to completely empty whatever it is you want to clean out, be it a single drawer or shelf or a whole closet. Once empty, clean it; then have five boxes/bags/areas on the floor laid out. Sort what you took out into: 1. Keep, 2. Belongs Elsewhere, 3. Needs Repair, 4. Donate, 5. Trash. Put the keepers back into the cleaned area. Put away everything that belongs elsewhere. Put the Repair items at your workbench or in your car, if they need to be taken to a shop. Put the Donation box in your car so you can drop it off next time you go somewhere. And of course, haul trash out to the garbage can.

  198. Rebecca
    #198 on March 13th, 2013 at 2:56 am

    Enlist the kiddos to help with age appropriate tasks

  199. Jennifer
    #199 on March 13th, 2013 at 6:45 am

    I love using rain x on my windows and shower doors. Makes them stay cleaner longer

  200. Kathy C.
    #200 on March 13th, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Take a few days with the refrig. and do one shelf a day. That way you do not become overwhelmed by the job.

  201. Nancy
    #201 on March 13th, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Hire a cleaning company!

  202. Karen
    #202 on March 13th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Vinegar and water to clean windows

  203. Pam

    Pam
    #203 on March 13th, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    I start off by putting something in the crock pot for dinner because after a day of spring cleaning nobody wants to have to mess with cooking dinner. There’s nothing better than smelling something good cooking while I’m sorting and cleaning. :)

  204. Angi
    #204 on March 13th, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    I take the time to go through my kids toys and clothes, donate the old and that way I know what I need to buy for the next season. I also go one room at a time and just do a deep clean, starting with the fridge in the kitchen and moving my way from room to room organizing! Something about the nice weather makes you want to make the house nice and deep clean as well!!!

  205. Nicole
    #205 on March 14th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Make a list of all you want to get done with two categories big jobs and small jobs. Every day tackle either 3 small jobs or one big job till its complete. I also make two piles in the garage as I go one for stuff to give away to friends or family, the other is garage sale / donate. I will then have a garage sale for 2 weekends. After that it all gets donated to good will.

  206. Kristie
    #206 on March 14th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Music helps me get in the mood for cleaning! Getting the kids out of the house so there’s no messes being made while I’m picking up helps too. I make a list for each room…it helps me have a sense of accomplishment when I get to mark off stuff that I’ve done! There’s some other really good suggestions on here too :)

  207. Brittany
    #207 on March 14th, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Make it fun. Put some music on and really get into cleaning. Do one room at a time so you dont get overwelmed

  208. Corrin
    #208 on March 14th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Go through your clothes and if you didn’t wear it last season, would you really wear it next? Donate it!

  209. Kristie
    #209 on March 14th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Have the kids purge their own rooms, while I’m purging my own. I find I get too sentimental with their “stuff”. So if they do it, they end up purging more than I would have! Team Work!

  210. Hope
    #210 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Purge your cabinets and closets to donate or sale things that you have not used in the last year.

  211. Jennifer
    #211 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Less is more, don’t keep everything.

  212. Jennifer
    #212 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Clean one room a day and enjoy the weather.

  213. Sarah
    #213 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Do a few small things each day, and it won’t seem overwhelming. Also, get rid of anything you haven’t worn or used in a couple of years to reduce the amount of closet clutter!

  214. tonya
    #214 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    I clean like I am going to work. I schedule a time and clean for the entire time that I have scheduled!

  215. Kristen S.
    #215 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    My tip is to give away any toys and clothes that your kids and you are not wearing or playing with. Hopefully the clutter goes away just by doing this!

  216. Meghan
    #216 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I use baking soda mixed with a little water in the microwave. Turn it on for 10 seconds and notice= no more smells in the microwave. Love it!

  217. Paula
    #217 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    My tip – Don’t have 4 children! Ha Ha – I do what I can! We are clean enough to be healthy and messy enough to be happy!

  218. Amy
    #218 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Make it FUN! Spring cleaning is a chore that most of us Do Not look forward to each year. Turn on some up beat tunes, wear some light weight clothes, and dance your heart away while you are cleaning!! It’s fun, makes everything go by faster, and you work in a great cardio exercise while you are at it!

  219. Michelle
    #219 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Get rid of all the piles of junk you havent looked at or touched in ages. Open the windows and clean out all the corners, get the good air flowing through all areas of a room. Get a steamer and steam away any junk built up in hard to reach areas.

  220. Melissa
    #220 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Make it fun for little ones. They love to help and have an adventure. :)

  221. Tony

    Tony
    #221 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Don’t wait to spring to do it all, make a planner and each month complete something big, like take all the blinds down, have the carpets cleaned, even if it means doing some of the things 2 or 3 times a year! Don’t kill your self in the spring, get out and start your gardens!

  222. Kristina
    #222 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Start with a list of everything that needs to be done. Tackle the job you like least first – for me, that means cleaning the shower. Pick a couple to do each day and work on the ones you find most unpleasant first, so by the time you get closer to the end of the list, you don’t mind the jobs that are left quite as much. If I leave the jobs I hate for the end, I’ll never do them!

  223. Judy
    #223 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Use a timer and music!! Pick an area to focus on, put 5 minutes on your timer and some music playing and go.

  224. LuAnne
    #224 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    use a sponge mop to wash walls , after take a damp cloth wipe top and bottom of wall ….

  225. karee m.
    #225 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Use a magic eraser on fridge doors and base boards.


  226. #226 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Best cleaning tip is to get rid of the kids for a couple of hours and just clean.

  227. Gidget S.
    #227 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I put 1 cup of water in a large safe bowl into the microwave for 5 mins…
    leave there for 10 mins or more.

    Remove water and wipe all the caked on microwaved mess away easily.

  228. Tracy P.
    #228 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Get some rubbermaid totes and label them trash, garage, and donate. As you do your cleaning, those totes will fill up fast and once you get them out of the house to their designated places you will notice the cleanliness of your house plus much less “clutter”.

  229. Kayla H.
    #229 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Purge, purge, purge! Then you can actually clean!

  230. kim
    #230 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Lemon and orange peel infused vinegar.

  231. april
    #231 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Create a game plan!!! Make a list of what needs to be done, in order of importance, then go room by room. That way it’s not overwhelming.

  232. Jennifer H.
    #232 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    When cleaning out closets if I haven’t worn it all season or with kids/husband, haven’t seen the item in the laundry recently it gets donated. Helps get rid of the ever growing tshirt collections.

  233. Debra
    #233 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Hire a Housekeeper ;)!

  234. Amy C.
    #234 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Don’t be afraid to pitch or give away things you haven’t used in a while. Too many things makes clutter!

  235. Amy
    #235 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Clorox Clean up works great. Also using clorox wipes for quick clean up from spills by your three year old.

  236. Jennifer
    #236 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    I take the kids through the playroom and we pack up all toys that they have outgrown or don’t play with anymore. We sell them at our garage sale, and I let them take the money to buy new ones.

  237. Stacy
    #237 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Focus on and finish an area before moving on. And good music playing is always a good thing.

  238. Kate
    #238 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    The more sunlight I can bring in when I am doing normal cleaning along with some music makes it go faster and I enjoy it more :). So open some shades!

  239. Jessica
    #239 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Best Spring Cleaning Tip. Simply put a head scarf on like Lucy and talk like her all day as you clean. Makes it funner! :)

  240. Crystal
    #240 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Use your crock pot, of course, so dinner is ready after a long day of cleaning!!!

  241. Laura
    #241 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Wipe down shower walls while you are in the shower this away the shower is clean and it doesn’t need extra attention

  242. Kay
    #242 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    I have a bag or basket for every room so I can put items that belong elsewhere, so I can finish that room without running to return items.

  243. Sandra M.
    #243 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Place the rinds of 2-3 oranges in a quart jar and fill with vinegar to make your own cleaner. Works great!

  244. Pam
    #244 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Vinegar for cleaning !

  245. Joan
    #245 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I get three big bins. One for donation, one for garbage and one for my grown kids to go through. Seems lots goes from the donation and garbage bins to my kids houses. Any way to get it out of my house.

  246. Mary K.
    #246 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    White vinegar & Dawn dish detergent. Mix half & half. Spray on tough areas, let set for a few minutes then use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to clean.

  247. Jessica
    #247 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Use dryer sheets to clean tubs and shower.

  248. Michelle
    #248 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Start at the top floor of the house & work your way to the basement. Then all rooms are done!

  249. Ruth
    #249 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Send my 5 kids away for the weekend and clean, clean, clean….

  250. Courtney
    #250 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Make it a game and have Husband and kids help get rid of anything you and they might not need anymore. Try and DONATE to a good cause anything that might still be in good shape :)

  251. Natalie
    #251 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    If you haven’t used it in a year you need to donate it or toss it out :)

  252. Tana
    #252 on March 14th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Clean out the closets and throw out anything you havent used in say one year!

  253. Diane
    #253 on March 14th, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    I too like to open my windows, turn up the music and start with one room at a time. I empty closets, purge, wash down and neatly put things back!!!!

  254. Samantha
    #254 on March 14th, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    One day = one room. The faster it’s done, the more time to play! :-)

  255. Denise A.
    #255 on March 14th, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    For windows outside we love the Windex Outdoor All In One pads. They are super easy to use and really are streak free. Just wet the pad, wipe the windows and rinse with the hose. Sounds crazy but it works!

  256. Heather
    #256 on March 14th, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Put a pop sock (pantyhose shoe) over the end of your vac. hose so you don’ t suck up something small like earrings etc.. And use it to clean those hard to dust figurines!

  257. Bill
    #257 on March 14th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Design a plan to update your outside landscaping, purchase materials and get to work.

  258. Patti
    #258 on March 14th, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    If you haven’t used it in a year, toss it! (Or bag it for goodwill)

  259. Glenda
    #259 on March 14th, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    I try and do some cleaning every weekend. That way it is not so overwhelming.

  260. Bart B.
    #260 on March 14th, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    When spring cleaning first open the doors and windows and let the fresh air in; second begin cleaning from the top down and not the bottom up. You don’t want to clean twice.

  261. Sharon
    #261 on March 14th, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    My BEST tip is the kids need chores to help out so I don’t have to do everything. My 2nd best is vinegar – I always have a gallon in my pantry.

  262. Jean
    #262 on March 14th, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    I love vinegar to clean my windows and floors with no streaking. I also like to use newspaper…..that way I sorta recycle.

  263. Melissa J.
    #263 on March 14th, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Rent a shampooer from lowes or buy one at target and clean all your carpets. It makes your house smell good and fresh:)

  264. Kelly
    #264 on March 14th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Throw away the clutter! If you haven’t used it recently, you don’t need to store it anymore.

  265. Beth
    #265 on March 14th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Take your time work on 1 room at a time. Stay focused!

  266. Audrey K.
    #266 on March 14th, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    I work from the top of the room to the bottom: cobwebs in ceiling corners, fan blades, inside windows & ledges, furniture dusting, and finally the the floors. If any dust falls it will be on the floor, so I vacuum/ wash floors last in a room. This produces an immaculate room.

  267. Shellie
    #267 on March 14th, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Clean out your cleaners! If you tried it, don’t like it then why hang on to them. Get rid of the half used bottles. You will be surprised at how much space you have in your cabinet. :)

  268. Linda
    #268 on March 14th, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Making sure my windows are clean enough to see the spring sunshine coming through. Sure get dirty throughout the winter months.

  269. Jen
    #269 on March 14th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Room by room is my tip. I try to tackle the project I’ve been avoiding the most! :)

  270. Deanna
    #270 on March 14th, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Cleaning some is better than cleaning none…meaning thinking you have to get a project done completely may be overwhelming. If you have 15 min., work 15 min. Sometimes seeing what I accomplished in a short amount of time is really encouraging.

  271. June
    #271 on March 14th, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Open all the windows to air out the house and dust while listening to 80′s music. Buying spring color home accents help too!

  272. Vickie Y.
    #272 on March 14th, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    I like to do a room or two at a time. That way I’m not too burned out. There is just something therapeutic about cleaning! It feels so freeing!

  273. Terry B.
    #273 on March 14th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I agree, call a housekeeper to get it done for you if you can. I also like to go thru closets every few months. I am always amazed at all the stuff that I really do not need.

  274. Samantha
    #274 on March 14th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    My Spring cleaning tip is to start with your heart allowing the Lord to purge anything that would stand in the way of enjoying your relationship with Him and the people you love. Good luck every one!! Be Blessed!

  275. Heather
    #275 on March 14th, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    I like to start at the top work my way down and then outside to in. I.E. getting cobwebs, dusting pictures and shelves, wiping down walls then floor boards. Then Cleaning, dusting, organizing, re-arranging, vacuuming from the outside in. I do feel the need to make beds first in the bedrooms otherwise I stick to the above :D

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  276. Ann
    #276 on March 14th, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    My best advice is to start with the job you hate the most. For me, it’s the bathrooms! Once the jobs I hate the most are done, it’s much easier and faster to continue on with the rest at a good paste without procrastinating. Good luck all!

  277. Cindy
    #277 on March 14th, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Tackle only one thing at a time, but don’t get to consumed
    By the cleaning and be sure to enjoy spring! It’s the best time of the year!!

  278. Jane
    #278 on March 14th, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Get a meal going in the crockpot, crank the music, empty the house of people to clean by yourself, and clean top rooms to bottom. Move things room to room as you clean and eventually it will end up where it will belong :)

  279. Racheal
    #279 on March 14th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Plenty of trash bags…

  280. Larell S.
    #280 on March 14th, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Hire a maid….LOL. Seriously, make a list of what needs to be done and tackle it one by one.

  281. Kristine
    #281 on March 14th, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Get rid of things you did not put to good use over the fall and winter months so that you’re not storing them for the year to come.

  282. Rosalie B.
    #282 on March 14th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    If you haven’t used it in 6 months, donate or throw away!

  283. Kim
    #283 on March 14th, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Air out the house and when you can hang sheets on the clothesline

  284. Tama
    #284 on March 14th, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Declutter first! Open spaces are much easier to clean!

  285. laurie
    #285 on March 14th, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    get my husband to help and one room at a time

  286. LeeLee
    #286 on March 14th, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    My best Spring Cleaning Tip is to “get’er done!” It make you feel so much better one you have it all completed! Then you can have a Crockin Meal ready to go and it makes it even more perfect! Another tip is de’cluter as you go! I have started cleaning as I go and getting rid of clothes and things I don’t use or need and it makes it so much easier to keep everything done!

  287. Melissa B.
    #287 on March 14th, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Crank the tunes, make it somewhat enjoyable. go room to work and have the hubby help, try to get done by 12 noon to enjoy the rest of our day!

  288. Penny M.
    #288 on March 14th, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Break it up into smaller manageable tasks so it is less overwhelming.

  289. Diana D.
    #289 on March 14th, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    I like to do one room at a time starting with the room/area that I feel needs the most work done. I love to wash all my windows and screens as soon as I can, letting the sun shine in – that same sun gives me a boost of energy to keep going. BUT I try not to feel too bad if I don’t get everything done at once.

  290. Dana
    #290 on March 14th, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    First get your Reynolds liner in your slow cooker & pick a favorite meal so when your day is done, dinner is ready. Get a babysitter if you can so you won’t be distracted. Make a list of your most important to do’s & start with those. Crank the music up. The more you get done, the better your house smells!

  291. Ronda C.
    #291 on March 14th, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Switch your winter clothes out of your closet, and donate to Good Will anything you did not wear this year, now you have room for your summer clothes.

  292. Rachel
    #292 on March 14th, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    I have found that olive oil polishes stainless steel beautifully!

  293. Desiree
    #293 on March 14th, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    One or two rooms a day and 3 tubs…trash, giveaway, keep. I also find storage bins work to help keep common things together.

  294. Naira M.
    #294 on March 14th, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    I don’t spring clean and I should..so this yr I will start in my room and hopefully finish it!! Lol out with the old in with the new :)

  295. Naira M.
    #295 on March 14th, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Out with the old and in with the new!!!

  296. Carolyn
    #296 on March 14th, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    One room at a time and keep moving forward.

  297. Linda
    #297 on March 15th, 2013 at 12:31 am

    Vinegar has to be the best tip of all–everything shines…that and get rid of what you haven’t worn in one year…..

  298. Sarah
    #298 on March 15th, 2013 at 7:04 am

    My best spring cleaning tip is to clean out the closet by donating clothes you have not worn in the past year.

  299. Carol
    #299 on March 15th, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Ask yourself this question: If I were moving to a new home, would I take this with me? If not, get rid of it!

  300. Kelly
    #300 on March 15th, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Clean out and
    Remove
    Old
    Choices
    Kick
    It
    Now = crockin y’all…..Ohhhhh I would love to win this giveaway

  301. KIM
    #301 on March 15th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Only touch/pick it up once. Stay focused in one room.

  302. Kelly T.
    #302 on March 15th, 2013 at 10:16 am

    What we do is wait until the kiddos are at school that way we can clean their closets and play room with out them saying no we use that when they have not in months. Most of the time they never know… :0

  303. Curtissa
    #303 on March 15th, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Make a list and prioritize it.

  304. Megan
    #304 on March 15th, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I take one room at a time and clean it head to toe! I have a schedule and I go with that!

  305. Jenny
    #305 on March 15th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    My husband and I both work full time, so when it comes to spring cleaning it’s a family affair! My kids, who are 19 and 10, also are included. We pick a Sat., make a list, assign rooms or tasks and go at it! This is a big purge day too and I encourage the kids to donate toys or clothes they no longer need. At the end of the day we’ll all relax and enjoy dinner together in a nice clean house!

  306. Tonya
    #306 on March 15th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    We always do each room all together as a family,we joke around and clean.It makes everything go faster:)

  307. Marlene
    #307 on March 15th, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    To get the onion smell off your hands rub them on stainless steel sink!!!!

  308. Elisha
    #308 on March 25th, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Music is a great cleaning motivator while cleaning my tile floors!!!

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