Lisa Murray/CRS

Simple Summer Cleaning Tips

CRS Staff

Have you ever gotten to the end of the weekend and realized all you did was clean your house? I don’t know about you but I do not want to spend my summer cleaning. I want to hang out with family and friends at the beach, the mountains or simply the backyard—anywhere but inside my house sifting through our stuff.

Currently my house is a mess! School has ended and mountains of folders, pencils, clothes, and miscellaneous junk is piling up in the most unusual places. From the kitchen table to the pool table, stuff seems to accumulate everywhere. Even though we try to live simply, we seem to inherit things daily. I am not complaining about free stuff but sometimes you just need to declutter. I know I am not alone in my desire to have a clutter free summer so I have a few tips to streamline your cleaning and enjoy a stress-free summer.

Lessen the Laundry

  1. Wash towels less. Invest in quality towels that will last a long time and you won’t have to wash them so much. I like Silvon Towels—they do not grow mildew and kill bacteria. Donate your old towels to an animal shelter or turn them into dusting cloths.
  2. Wait until your clothes actually need to be washed. I’m guilty of wearing clothes one time and throwing them in the hamper. Wait until your clothes actually need to be washed before throwing them in the dirty clothes pile.
  3. Use wool dryer balls. These are a game changer—no chemicals, you never need to buy fabric softener again and you can scent them with your favorite essential oil. I bought mine at a local Sheep and Wool Festival but you can get them on-line too.

Clean out the closet

  1. Take inventory of your clothes. Go through your clothes and ask yourself these questions: Does it still fit? Have I worn it in the last year? Will I wear it again? If the answer is no, put it in the give-away pile. For those that are more adventurous, check out the “KonMari” organizing method.
  2. Organize a clothing swap at work. It’s easy to send out a note inviting colleagues to bring in their gently worn clothes and choose something “new.”
  3. Donate. Find your town’s Freecycle Facebook page and donate your junk stuff.

Recycle

  1. Appliances. If you are renovating your home this summer check with the power company first. They will pick up and recycle your appliances and in some cases pay you up to $50.00!
  2. Hazardous Waste. Check with your town or county for small appliance and hazardous waste recycling drives and mark your calendar. These only happen a couple times a year.
  3. Clothes. For the clothes that are not nice enough to give away—you know the ones with stains—recycle. These are perfect for textile recycling, often available at your county recycling center. Local thrift stores sometimes will offer this service too.

Give Back

  1. Need a gift for a special occasion this summer? Instead of buying something, how about a transitional shelter for a family recovering from a typhoon, or a uniform for a girl to go to school? Your gift helps families start again.
  2. Volunteer with your town beautification committee. They always need people to clean up the parks and plant, especially if you have bulbs or bushes you would like to donate.
  3. Educate others about recycling in your community. The county recycling center often has information on what is recyclable in your area and helpful apps, websites and one pagers!

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