Hacks to Make Spring Cleaning Easy

Who’s happy it’s Spring? Us too! So happy, in fact, that we’re even excited about Spring cleaningHatchett Design Remodel has compiled a list of cleaning hacks that will make this season’s cleaning spree easier than ever.


Decluttering can be a daunting task, but it’s one of the most rewarding chores you can tackle. If you haven’t already, check out a couple episodes of “Tidying Up” on Netflix to get inspired. Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method simplifies the decluttering process to help you get it done!

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A quick way to clear space in your bathroom is to throw away old makeup and toiletries first. This will give you some instant gratification that will motivate you to do more.

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Dishwasher Safe

Use your dishwasher to clean and disinfect a variety of household items. Hair brushes, makeup brushes, contact lens cases, retainer cases, soap dishes, dog bowls, plastic dog and kid toys, and even your refrigerator shelves can all be cycled through your dishwasher.

Cool Idea

Once your refrigerator is cleaned out, consider placing a lazy Susan or two on the shelves before you restock. Utilizing a lazy Susan will keep items from getting lost in the back of the fridge, prevent spills caused by reaching into the back, and make your next clean out easier.

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Steam Clean

Removing the gunk out of your microwave is one of the yuckiest tasks, unless you steam clean it first. Just fill a microwave safe bowl with 2 cups of water, then add two tablespoons of white vinegar and a couple drops of your favorite essential oil (optional). Zap that mixture for about five minutes, and the mess wipes out with ease.

Streak-Free Windows

Cleaning your windows will give you a whole new view on the world – literally, it’s amazing how much of a difference it makes! Our helpful hack for this chore is to save it for a cloudy day. Sunshine causes your windows to dry too quickly, thereby leaving streaks. Cleaning windows on a cloudy day will keep your efforts from feeling futile.

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Dusty Blinds

Dusting blinds is tedious. We don’t think anyone will ever enjoy this chore, but maybe we can make you hate it less. Simply slip a pair of plush socks over the ends of a pair of tongs. Secure the socks with zip ties or rubber bands. Then just wipe across each slat.

Tipsy Tile

Don’t let mold and mildew get ya down. Just grab a bottle of vodka! Hold your horses, it’s not for YOU… just yet. Saturate the effected area by spraying it down with a generous spritzing of vodka. The acids will cut right through the grime, and it beats using a bunch of elbow grease.

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Now take the leftover vodka and make yourself a refreshing Spring cocktail, like this Blackberry Cucumber Spritzer. Cop-a-squat on your porch or patio, breathe in that fresh Spring air and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Happy Spring cleaning from all of us at Hatchett Design Remodel!

Customizable Kitchen Appliances

Hatchett Design Remodel isn’t a cookie-cutter kind of remodeler. Our design team works closely with each homeowner to ensure that your remodeled space is customized to both your style and your needs. Thanks to recently released collections, even your appliances are customizable.

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GE’s Cafe Collection, for example, is a chef-inspired line that brings customizable, professional quality appliances into your home. The line offers a variety of models in each appliance category: rangesrange hoodscooktopswall ovensrefrigeratorsdishwashers and microwaves.

Fine Finishes

Finish options vary from model to model, and they include stainless steel, matte black and matte white. We must note that these are not your grandma’s black or white appliances. The Cafe Collection puts a sophisticated spin on these classic colors, and it creates an entirely new, refined look.

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Specialty Features

Each category offers customizable configurations that you’d expect of professional grade appliances. For example, Cafe ranges have heavy-duty burner grates, induction cooktops and synchronized elements to heat large pots and griddles. Select appliances include specialty features like WiFi Connect for smartphone operation and Kuerig K-Cup brewing on the refrigerator door.

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Design-Curated Hardware

What really sets this line apart is its design-curated hardware. Each appliance can be outfitted with your choice of knobs and handles. The hardware is available in four finishes: brushed bronze, brushed stainless, brushed copper and brushed black. These “accessories” can be easily swapped out to create a fresh look anytime you want.

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There are so many design choices that will customize your new kitchen. If you’d like to kick around ideas with Hatchett’s design team, reach out to us at our showrooms in Newport News or Virginia Beach. Now thru April 30th, Hatchett’s offering up to $2500 off a full kitchen remodel… and it costs nothing to ask!