Spring Cleaning by Pam Velez

Ahh spring. Out with the old, in with the new. I love organization and lack of clutter. A few years ago when contemplating leaving corporate America, I considered becoming a professional organizer. I chose to pursue yoga and health coaching instead, but organizing is still something I enjoy doing for my home and also LOVE helping others organize their space, especially kitchens. Here are some of my favorite cleaning and organizing tips for your spring cleaning efforts:

1. Invest in, or make your own, non-toxic cleaning supplies. Cleaning supplies are not regulated by any government agency. According to the Environmental Working Group “Manufacturers can use nearly any substance they want, even those known to pose health or environmental hazards. Many traditional ingredients in our cleaning supplies are known to disrupt hormones and cause cancer. Do yourself and your family a favor and switch to less toxic products. They are often much less expensive and will save you annoying ailments and medical problems.

My favorite non-toxic cleaning brand is Mrs. Jones Soapbox. The products smell good enough to eat and do a great job at sanitizing the home. You may also want to make your own cleaning supplies. Pinterest has tons and tons of “recipes” for any kind of cleaner you can imagine.

My two favorite non-toxic cleaning ingredients are white vinegar and baking soda. Diluted white vinegar can clean floors, countertops and glass. I also add about ¼ cup of white vinegar to every load of laundry for extra cleaning and sanitation (put it in the bleach dispenser portion of your machine). Baking soda mixed with a bit of water will form a paste that can be used instead of ajax to scrub toilets, sinks, etc. Baking soda will also help get the smells out of carpets and garbage disposals. Super inexpensive, non-toxic and effective.

2. Go through your kitchen pantry and refrigerator and look at expiration dates. If it has been in your fridge or pantry longer than a year or two- toss it out. Other than honey (which never goes bad) there is no healthy food I know of that is meant to last for several years. The only reason food products can last so long is if they have artificial, cell damaging, preservatives added to them. Thin out all the clutter and eliminate the old food!

3. Does it make you happy? If not, get rid of it. When my daughter was small, she was often sick. She had undiagnosed food allergies that gave her big bags under her eyes. When I look at pictures of her as a baby, the pictures make me sad, because I remember how uncomfortable she was as a small child. If you come to my home today, you will not find any baby pictures of her on display. It is because I do not want to be reminded of her uncomfortable days. Take a look around your home and see if there is anything that you are holding onto that does not bring you joy. If so, throw it away, or at least put it in a box in the garage.

I hope that these three tips prove helpful for you to have an effective spring cleaning effort. Let me know if you need any help with your kitchen. I would love to speak with you about a healthy pantry makeover. Contact me for more information.

Published on 6/30/2016 10:59:14 PM


About Pam Velez

Pam Velez is a Registered Yoga teacher and Holistic Health Coach. After spending 10+ years in corporate America, Pam now focuses on helping organizations save money (and retain good people) by providing wellness education and lifestyle support for their employees. She presents fun, interactive, wellness workshops to corporations, women’s groups and universities.
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