Spring Cleaning: How to Get Started & What You Will Need

Spring, a season celebrated for new beginnings, rejuvenation, and spring cleaning! While the majority of the home should be cleaned on a regular basis, there are a few things that are tackled only seasonally. Spending extra time scrubbing the baseboards and hitting all the other details is time-consuming, but imperative. These deeper cleans will keep your house looking and smelling fresh and clean. To help you get started, we compiled a list of our favorite cleaning supplies to help you conquer a variety of tasks:

For Being Green:

  • Vinegar – mix with equal parts water to create a cleaning solution that will wipe away soap scum and eliminate odors.

 

  • Baking Soda – mix baking soda with water or vinegar to create a solution that will work wonders on the inside of your oven. Take any racks out of the oven, then sprinkle the inside with baking soda. Dampen the cloth with vinegar and scrub the inside, as the solution begins to react, let it set. After a few minutes, wipe out the solution with water and a cloth.

 

  • Borax

 

  • Dawn Dish Soap

 

  • Lemon Juice – mix with equal parts water to create a natural antiviral and antibacterial solution that can be  used almost anywhere.

 

Deep Clean, But Not Green

  • Clorox Bleach – always read the directions on the label for where, and how, this solution should be used.

 

  • Odoban – great for removing any and all smells. Again, read the label for information on how to properly use this product.  

 

Tools:

 

  • Mr. Clean Magic Erasers – amazing and multipurpose

 

  • Sponges

 

  • Scrubbing brushes

 

  • Microfiber cloths – nonabrasive, these cloths will not scratch paint, wood, or other surfaces.

 

  • Swiffer

 

  • Buckets – buckets in large and small sizes can be used for carrying around cleaning supplies or cleaning solutions. 

 

  • Vacuum

 

  • Spray Bottles – these can be found at most stores, to make cleaning easier in the future, label the bottles with the type of solution that will be used in the bottle. 

 

  • Mop System or Steam Cleaner – mops  and steam cleaners are great for tile and hardwood floors. Steam cleaners are great because they won’t cause standing water. 

 

  • Rubber Gloves – these are important especially if you are not cleaning with green products

 

  • Headphones – so you can listen to your favorite tunes while cleaning!

 

Did we miss anything? What tools do you consider “must haves” for your spring cleaning checklist? Comment and share below! 

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

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5 Quick Kitchen Cleaning Tasks That Have a Big Impact

Busy schedules and hectic lives can make it feel like an impossible feat to keep the kitchen clean. However, keeping a few simple and quick cleaning tasks at the top of mind, you’ll be able to keep your kitchen looking clean with less time.

 

Wash Dishes Immediately

Resist the temptation to leave dirty dishes in the sink. After your meal, wash the dishes or put them into the dishwasher. A clean sink makes a huge difference in your kitchens appearance.  

 

Wipe Out The Sink

After washing dishes, rinse and wipe out the sink. This will keep any debris from building up in your sink and keep it dry.

 

Put Away Dry Dishes

After your cleaned dishes have dried, put them away. Do not let them rest on your countertop for hours, or worse, days. When they are dry put them away, at most this task will take 2 minutes and having a clean countertop will instantly make your kitchen look better.

 

Take Out The Trash

Make taking out the kitchen trash a daily task. Take it out on your way to take the kids to school, when you are off to work, or any other time. This will prevent your kitchen from getting any funky odors.

 

Swap Out Dish/Hand Towels

Replace your dish and hand towels each day. This will keep your towels clean and looking fresh. Plus, it will ensure that your towels are clean when you are drying your dishes with them.

 

What do you do to keep your kitchen clean? Do you have any helpful cleaning tips for people with busy schedules? We love to hear from our readers!

 
MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

Finish Winter Strong, Give Your Home a Boost

Spring is right around the corner, but we still have a few weeks of winter to pass through first. Maintaining a curb appeal during the winter months is difficult because of the poor weather. But, regardless of the weather, many people are still looking to buy or list homes. Here are four ways to give your home a boost before winter is over:

 

Keep the Lawn Free of Debris

Although the yard may not be lush and green, it still requires maintenance to look its best. Rake the yard to remove leaves and other debris that can gather in the yard throughout the season.

 

Clean Gutters

Periodically clean the gutters to prevent them from overflowing with leaves and debris. This creates a better appearance and keeps the gutters from overflowing and creating more problems in case it freezes.

 

Lighting Outside

‘Tis the season! Light up your home with holiday lights and spotlights that showcase your home. Use spotlights to create a focal point in the yard or to direct attention to features of your home. Make sure the lighting around the front door is working properly because there are the first impression visitors have of the home’s exterior.

 

Wash the Windows

Winter windows can get grimy pretty quick. To keep sunlight shining through, clean the outdoor and indoor parts of the windows. This will allow the most light into your home, keeping the interior shining bright with natural light.

 

How are you keeping your home feeling fresh this winter? Share your tips and tricks below!

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

Easy Tips to Help Declutter Your Desk

 

For most of us, our desks being to become a catch-all for our paperwork, to-do lists, and random trinkets. Here are four of our top tips to keep your desk clutter-free.

Rethink Storage

The drawers in your desk might not be enough, consider adding additional storage to help keep things organized. Depending on the layout of your workstation, there are numerous ways you could enhance your storage while staying within your designated area.

 

Does It Serve a Purpose?

Paperweights, picture frames, ornaments, and other tchotchkes sometimes find homes on your workspace. More than likely most of these items are unnecessary and are restricting the amount of space you have for storing work-related items. Take some time to go through these items and decide what you want to keep and what should move to a new home.

 

Throw It Away

If there is not a use for it, throw it away. Often our desks get cluttered and we are afraid to throw unnecessary items into the trash. If you don’t need it, pitch it. You’ll feel better than when your desk is clutter-free.

 

Go Digital

Consider ditching the paper to-do lists and opting for a digital version. It might take some getting used to, but your desk will thank you.

 

What are your top tricks to maintain an organized desk? Share with us below! We love hearing from our readers!

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

5 Things You Can Do With Lemons Around The Kitchen

Lemons aren’t just for summer beverages and cooking! Here are some tips to use lemons to clean your kitchen! Not only are they great for multiple purposes, but it’s also an all-natural way to keep things fresh and clean.

 

The Garbage Disposal

An easy way to keep your garbage disposal (and kitchen) smelling fresh is to utilize lemons! Putting a few slices of lemon down the disposal and running it will make your sink smell fresh and clean.

 

Copper Pots and Pans

Over time, pots and pans can lose their luster. Scrubbing them with a mixture of lemon juice and salt is an easy way to bring back their shine.

 

Inside of The Microwave

Put a bowl of warm water and sliced lemons in the microwave for several minutes, letting the water boil and release steam. Afterwards, carefully remove the bowl from the microwave and wipe out the interior with a clean cloth.

 

Cutting Boards

Cutting boards get a lot of use. They can be used to chop all sorts of foods from garlic to apples. To keep the cutting boards clean and to prevent any lingering food smells, rub a lemon on the cutting board after it’s been used. Let the juices sit on the board for at least 20 minutes before giving the cutting board a thorough cleaning.

 

Natural Air Freshener

Using lemons in an inexpensive and all-natural way to deodorize your home. Put several lemons in a pot of water and let it boil. The fragrance released will make your home smell clean and get rid of any lingering food smells from past meals.

 

Do you use lemons as an all-natural cleaner in your home? Comment your tips below!

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

What To Do On a Snow Day

 

This winter we have already had a handful of snow days and we will likely have a few more! Here are some of our favorite ways to spend a snow day!

 

Rent a Movie

If you are able to get out and about, Redbox movies are only $1.50 for a day. This is a great, budget-friendly way to entertain yourself or a whole family. There are also video game rentals available for those who prefer something more interactive. If you can’t leave the house, there are also many movie streaming options.  

 

Break-Out The Board Games

Haven’t had a family game night in awhile? If you have children or friends nearby, break out some old board games! It will bring back a sense of nostalgia and they can keep people busy for hours.

 

Baking Something Sweet

Who doesn’t love fresh baked chocolate chip cookies? Or any other fresh baked good for that matter? Baking can be fun for just one person or a whole group! Make some sweet treats and then enjoy your creations afterwards!

 

Stay-Cation

Light one of your favorite scented candles, make yourself a hot beverage, and relax. Maybe this means reading a book or spending some time writing. Anything that helps you relax to enjoy your day.

 

Spa Day

Why not spend the snow day pampering yourself? Take some time to use the hair and skin masks you’ve been wanting to try.

 

What do you do when you’re snowed in? Share your ideas below! We love hearing from our readers!

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

Organization Tips For 2018

   “This year I will be organized!” Sounds like a popular mantra for a New Year’s resolution, right? To make this a realistic and manageable goal, create a plan that involves organizing in pieces. Organizing in pieces rather than all at once will keep yourself from feeling defeated at the start. Here are four of our biggest tips on how to get yourself organized and stay that way.

Declutter

Downsize and de-clutter. This should be the first step in your organization process. Go through your closet and sort out all the clothes, shoes, bags, etc that have been untouched throughout the past year. If you did not wear them last year, it is likely that still won’t the next year. S instead of letting these items clutter your closet, donate them! There’s also good chance that once you donate these items, you will not even notice they are gone. In the bathroom, throw away of all the extra toiletries that you never use or save for “just in case”.  Toiletries have expiration dates, if they have been sitting around for a long time it might be time for them to be pitched anyways. 

Label Everything

Start labeling all the bags and boxes filled with things stored throughout the year. This will make it easier to keep similar items together and to locate things efficiently.

Time-Management

Another important step toward organization is learning how to say “no”. Things run smooth until we become busy and overwhelmed with other time-commitments. Remember to save some free time for yourself to keep yourself on top of your goals. Staying organized involves smart time-management as well.

Do a Little Everyday

Create a cleaning and organization schedule by breaking tasks into small chunks to conquer throughout the week. This will help keep you on task and from getting overwhelmed. Spending smaller amounts of time will you motivated and from getting exhausted.

Start having a 10 minute cleaning routine before you go to bed each night. Use this time to put everything back in its designated spot.

How do you keep your home organized? Do you have any tips or tricks that you find helpful? Comment and share below!

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.