Spring Cleaning Tips From Santa Fe | Ricky Allen + Cathy Griffith

Spring Cleaning Tips From Santa Fe

Hello again from Ricky Allen+Cathy Griffith!

We promised you spring cleaning tips in our recent videos and we did not want to disappoint.

Here are a few of our best Spring Cleaning Tips!

CLEAN WITH REUSABLE WIPES AND SCRUBBERS
Spring cleaning doesn’t have to result in a trash can full of used paper towels. Instead, try reusable scrub brushes or homemade cleaning rags.
Recycle old clothes by cutting them into cleaning clothes.

USE NATURAL AIR FRESHENERS
A clean house is often associated with a “fresh” smell, ironically synthetic room freshness contain chemicals, so opt for buying plants that naturally clean the air and using good smelling and earth-friendly products. We love lavender oil.  Add a few drops to your hot water mop bucket to help the entire home smell clean and fresh.

CLEAN OUT YOUR GUTTERS + CANALES 
This cleaning task is important no matter what type of roof you have, but for flat roofs, it’s absolutely essential. Debris can trap water much more easily on a flat roof, causing sagging and rotting, especially if the builders did not create an adequate slope for drainage. If you have canales, make sure they’re all clear as well.

START PLANNING YOUR GARDEN
When is the best time to get your seedlings transferred and in the ground? Usually after the last frost is out of the way. Ricky likes to use Mother’s Day as his marker; this year Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 1o, 2020.

IDEAS FROM MARIE KONDO
Decluttering tips from the queen of decluttering..
Did you read Kondo’s bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up?  In the event you missed it, here are a few of her best tips.

Make Sure Everything Has Its Place— This can be a meditative game, especially because most of us are homebound for awhile. So clean out your junk drawer and put all your loose change, rubber bands and paper clips in their assigned places.

Get Rid of Papers-– We are all guilty of stuffing papers, receipts and misc. mail in pockets, drawers and piles. Go through each piece of paper–file what needs to be filed and recycle the rest. Sensitive documents can be shredded.

Only Keep Clothes that Bring You Joy–Well, this seems a bit extreme, it makes sense when you consider that women only wear (on average) 20 percent of their closet each year. So now just might be the time to cleanup your closet and donate to charity.