April 15th, 2020
How to Clean
As we all know, COVID-19 has been keeping everyone in the home a bit more than usual this Spring. Since you’re already spending more time indoors while self-quarantining, it’s the perfect time to do your Spring cleaning! It’s always important to disinfect and keep your home tidy, but especially now. Here are some tips to help you out if you don’t know where or how to start:
The Center for Disease Control has offered plenty of tips on how to keep your home clean, and how to keep yourself healthy while cleaning. Here are just a few pieces of advice from the CDC:
- Wear disposable gloves when cleaning, use soap and water to clean surfaces, frequently clean high-touch surfaces (doorknobs, tables, light switches, desks, handles, countertops, phones, keyboards, toilets, sinks, etc.)
- Disinfect with household disinfectant, can use diluted household bleach
- Use warmest appropriate water setting for laundry, clean and disinfect hampers
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time
Good Housekeeping Magazine is one of the top guides for housekeeping and offers plenty of suggestions on how to keep the home clean as well. The 33 Spring Cleaning Tips guide from the magazine provides cleaning tips for specific items in the home including kitchen appliances, shower parts, and even cleaning items such as the vacuum and broom.
Don’t Just Clean, Get Organized!
The Marie Kondo philosophy is simple—get rid of anything that does not spark joy! Marie Kondo is an expert on tidying, known for her book, “The Life- Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and Netflix series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.” Kondo has taken over the world with her unique methods for cleaning and organizing, and her strategies may help you declutter a bit easier. Kondo suggests tidying by category, as opposed to location, and beginning with clothing, then miscellaneous items, then finishing with sentimental items.
Sell or Donate
Don’t know what to do with the stuff you decide to get rid of? thredUP makes it extremely easy to sell or donate your old clothing and other items, without ever having to leave your home!
thredUP is an online thrift store, so you can get rid of your stuff and still get something out of it for yourself. Using thredUP is simple and easy—all you have to do is order a clean out kit, package your items to be shipped, and wait for your payout!
Or, you can help those affected by COVID-19 by converting your clean out kit to a donation kit—for every kit received, thredUP will donate $15 to Feeding America. Learn more.