Whether you revel in it or loathe it, spring cleaning is most likely on your to-do list. To tackle everything from icky grime to those sources of suspicious scents, we’ve scouted all-natural DIY solutions that will get your home in tip-top shape for the season. First up: a glass cleaner that leaves windows and mirrors sparkling (sans chemicals).

DIY Glass Cleaner

2 cups water
1/2 cup white or cider vinegar
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (70% concentration)
1 – 2 drops of orange essential oil

Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray on a paper towel or a soft, clean cloth, then apply to glass. Take note: the solution may dry too quickly on a warm, sunny day, leaving behind streaks.

Crystal-clear windows? Just a spritz away.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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March 29, 2015

Don’t be intimidated by spring cleaning – notoriously untidy rooms can be tamed. So say goodbye to overflowing laundry piles and out-of-control dresser drawers, then follow these room-by-room tips for some much-needed relief.

How to Organize Messy Spaces

Laundry Room
1. Keep spaces looking clean by pouring soaps into separate drip-free canisters.
2. For crisp stacks, use a folding board on dress shirts and towels.
3. A laundry cart with supply drawers and ironing surfaces will straighten things up.

1. For easy-to-access outfits, arrange clothes by category and color.
2. Use baskets for off-season clothing or easy-to-store items like scarves and accessories.
3. Have a walk-in? Make it double as a dressing space by hanging a mirror.

Our Organize & Decorate for Spring, Room by Room Boutique opens Thursday, April 17, at 3PM ET.

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April 17, 2014

It’s about that time of year. When the outside temp hits 45 degrees, the world comes out of hibernation. And with spring on the brain, we turned to our Living editorial director (and former editor in chief of Country Living magazine), Nancy Soriano, to give us her step-by-step scoop on organizing, purging, and sprucing up every space for the sunny season.

Rue Living Editorial Director on Spring Cleaning

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February 26, 2014

The hardest part of spring cleaning? Disposing of all the stuff I’ve deemed clutter. But in an effort to be a little more DIY-saavy this year (in no small part thanks to Pinterest), I’m challenging myself to come up with crafty ways to reuse old items. Here, some spring DIY inspiration:

Home DIY Ideas

An old drying rack makes for a great, makeshift file organizer. Extra shower hooks? Hang them in the hall closet as bag holders. Save the drawers from that old dresser you’re replacing and mount them for some extra storage space. Replacing jiggling door knobs? Use them (or a rake head) to store and display your jewelry. Even old cans can be mounted as jazzy new storage for utensils.

There are so many possibilities and ways to repurpose those old items. All it takes is a little crafty thinking and some extra effort. (Okay, some skilled handiwork doesn’t hurt, either.)

By Anna Kuchinsky, Staff Writer

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March 25, 2013

According to the calendar, spring has arrived. And even if Mother Nature disagrees, the habitual annual cleanup must commence. But before you start making keep-and-throw piles, take a peek at the tasks these Rue-ers have planned.


The Springtime Spruce-Up: Organizing Every Room Boutique opens Friday, March 22, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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March 22, 2013

Even if you are still salting the porch steps, the first day of spring is just eight days away, which means it’s time to pack away the puffer coats and start ordering iced coffee. (If we think warm thoughts, the weather will follow.) But, don’t do anything drastic. There is a method to transitioning into the sunny season – it has been studied, tested, and proven effective – and it’s broken down here, in three steps.


1. Clean House
Hibernation time is over. Let the sunlight stream in and spruce up the homestead with colorful throw pillows, white linens, and fresh flowers on every side table. The Stylishly Lived-In Home Boutiques open Wednesday, March 13, at 3PM, and our Clear the Clutter: Chic Storage Essentials Boutique opens Friday, March 22, at 3PM.

2. Throw a Party
Celebrating egg-hunting season, opening the back patio, or thanking Big Brother for that extra hour of sunlight – whatever the occasion, everyone likes a party. So, deck the tables with gourmet goodies and send out the e-invites. Our Here Comes the Easter Bunny: Gourmet Goodies Boutique opens Wednesday, March 13, at 11AM.

3. Book a Trip
Big kids need spring break, too. We’re thinking – white sand beaches. Our Grecian Getaway: Santorini, Mykonos, & Ios Boutique opens Tuesday, March 12, at 11AM.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

Have any getting-ready-for-spring tips? Let us know in the comments below, or tweet us at @ruelala.

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March 12, 2013

Spring cleaning. Just the words fill me with a sense of dread. But it doesn’t have to be that way – sometimes, the organization solution lies in the furniture. Instead of stashing and storing your stuff, why not add some new pieces that can house (or hide, in some cases) the little odds and ends that make the big cleaning such a daunting task?

The key, of course, is finding pieces that not only work for storage, but add some style, too:

Storage-Friendly Furniture

Our A Twist on Traditional: Bernhardt Furniture Boutique opens Wednesday, February 27, at 3PM ET.

By Anna Kuchinsky, Staff Writer

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February 27, 2013