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Spring Cleaning Tips from Emily Henderson

You may have already finished your spring cleaning, but, let’s face it, a little additional tidying up never hurts. Target’s new home style expert shares her cleaning and organizing tips.

Being a designer isn’t just about creating inspiring spaces; it’s about transforming the space — that often starts with getting rid of clutter and sprucing up the cleanliness. When applied to three high-trafficked rooms in your home, a simple formula — clean, then declutter — can make a huge difference.

So whether you’ve vowed to make your kitchen counter sparkle or bring order to a chaotic playroom, here are simple cleaning and organizing tips I’ve used in my own home.

The Kitchen

Clean:
Part of Target’s Made to Matter collection, method’s all-purpose cleaners are naturally derived, biodegradable and take no mercy on grease and grime. Scents can completely awaken a room, and this cleaner leaves behind lovely hints of lavender, bergamot, purple sage and chamomile.

De-clutter:
The kitchen is a gathering spot, which often means both crumbs and miscellaneous items — from keys to junk mail — land on the counter. Overhaul this area by investing in simple storage solutions and designating certain areas for specific items — a statement tray for unopened mail and a cute ceramic bowl for keys, for example.

The Playroom

Clean: Wipe down this room regularly — the kids’ rec room is also a playroom for germs — with Seventh Generation (also a Made to Matter brand!) disinfecting cleaner and wet wipes. The wipes can be used around kids, food and pets. That’s a win, win, win.

De-clutter:
Toy. Trinkets. Teddy bears. The playroom is an obvious place where organization can go a long way. And don’t feel like you have to use those cheap plastic crates — there are plenty of sophisticated storage options. Try Threshold’s canvas storage bins in different colors that complement the theme of the room.

The Bathroom

Clean: A spotless bathroom makes for a clean canvas. Method bathroom cleaner will make your tub, toilet and countertops shine, so your guests can focus on the spa-like space instead of dirt.

De-clutter: Some people forget to put TLC into the bathroom décor. One of my favorite rooms to decorate in the house, it should be an organized airy oasis — a place where you can shut the door, soak in the tub and really relax. Pamper your space (and yourself!) with extra plush towels rolled up in seagrass baskets and light candles inside wooden lanterns.

Photos courtesy of stylebyemilyhenderson.com

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