Spring Cleaning 101

vacuumSpringtime is here and as the weather gets warmer it’s time to start the annual tradition of sprucing up your home and getting your living space in its best shape. But before you start, if you want to get your entire house sparkling and address all those forgotten nooks and crannies, then you might want to consider these tips to get your spring cleaning ritual underway. After all, sometimes the hardest part of any cleaning project is figuring out exactly where to start. Launch your efforts with the steps below:

De-clutter
For the hoarders among us, spring cleaning can’t begin without getting rid of those items that have piled up over the fall and winter. Go one room at a time in gathering items you no longer need and donate them to charity. You cannot begin any serious cleaning work if too many items are cluttering up your space.

Take Back Your Storage Space
It’s not only important to de-clutter each room but also de-clutter all of the storage spaces in your home. Closets, basements, and utility rooms should be cleared out so that you can store items that you actually use. Freeing up storage spaces will make cleaning and organizing much easier.

Walls and shelves
Dust and dirt accumulate on your walls, so spring cleaning is a great time to clean your walls. In addition, touch up paint and repair any dings. And of course dust has likely piled up on your shelves and the items that are on them. Thoroughly cleaning and dusting these items means removing them from the shelves and wiping down both the items and the shelves.

Refrigerator and Freezer
Your kitchen storage also needs a little spring cleaning action as well. Clear your fridge out of expired items or things you won’t be eating. Washing your fridge from top to bottom ensures your food is safe and a little baking soda in water can deodorize surfaces.

Carpeting and Rugs
Vacuum all rugs and carpeting and, if necessary, shampoo carpets. If you have hardwood floors, you may want to consider having them washed and waxed.

Filters
Filters are those easily forgotten items that need to be replaced regularly in order to ensure your home stays clean and allergen-free. Filters and grates from air conditioners, vents, furnaces, stoves, etc. all need to be replaced or clean.

Emergency Prep
No one likes being woken up at 4 am by a beeping smoke alarm that has a low battery. Spring cleaning is a good time to replace batteries in smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and flashlights. Have a fire extinguisher handy as well.
Go paperless
Over the year, bills, envelopes, and receipts can easily pile up. Try receiving and paying as many bills as possible online so you can eliminate the clutter of unnecessary paperwork. Keep records online and have your files backed up so your records are safe.

Driveway
Consider renting or purchasing a pressure washer to clean your driveway and garage floor. Your home’s curb appeal will be dramatically improved from a cleaner looking driveway free of oil stains and grime.         

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