There’s nothing as invigorating and satisfying as thoroughly cleaning your home, and there’s no time like Spring to do so. Spring Cleaning serves several purposes: it benefits the overall health of your family, improves the appearance of your home, and allows others to benefit from the items that you no longer need or use. Follow these tips to feel productive, refreshed and ready for warm Spring weather.
1. Organize your closets.
There’s nothing quite as stress relieving as purging unwanted items from your closet. A good rule of thumb to follow is that if you haven’t worn it in the last year, get rid of it. If the item is in good condition, you may even be able to sell it to consignment retailers and put the profit toward next year’s wardrobe. Organize remaining clothing by color, season, or how you get dressed in the morning.
2. Reduce and remove allergies.
Over time, your AC system’s air filter collects an abundance of dust and debris. Have a licensed HVAC repair professional do a once-over check on your air conditioner and change out its air filter to reduce allergens and other pollutants that can affect your home’s indoor air quality.
If you have curtains, take them down and have them dry-cleaned to get rid of excess dust. Thoroughly vacumm and steam clean each room to remove pollutants from carpets and furniture.
3. Clean your windows.
Wash your windows with a dilluted mix of warm water and dish soap. For best results, use a squeegee to dry them. That way you will avoid streaks and smudges. Be sure to dry off wooden sills and ledges with a dry cloth.
4. Clean and polish your floors.
Before you use any products on your floor, be sure to check that it is safe. For tile floors, use pH neutral products and follow all directions listed on the bottle. Use gentle cleaning solutions like Murphy’s wood soap to clean hardwood floors safely and effectively.
5. Don’t forget the details.
When it comes to Spring Cleaning, the devil is in the details. Go beyond the basics by dusting light bulbs and fixtures, wiping down walls and light switches, and pulling furniture out from their place to sweep and vacuum underneath. It’s not Spring Cleaning until every stone has been turned!
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