March 27, 2018
Believe it or not, it's time to start thinking about spring
cleaning your home.
Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal...why not make that go for your house as well? The fresh air and greenery outdoors make us want to prettify our indoor spaces, too. It just makes us feel better, but many find the mere thought of spring cleaning overwhelming.
Each issue this week will feature hints and tips to help make spring cleaning a bit easier for you.
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Start off by listing out every room in your house, without forgetting about the utility room, laundry room, and closets. Think about cleaning tasks like baseboards, walls, window, curtains, and even moving furniture to clean behind and underneath it.
- If all you do is shuffle piles of stuff to clean around them and then put them back. Sure your stack of DVD's are cleaner, but is your family room ambiance really better off after all your hard work?
Before cleaning you should declutter and organize.
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Start from the top down...
When you think about how to spring clean your home, it’s important to start from the ceiling down. This will force debris downward and keep you from having to re-dust or re-clean your space.
If you have a vacuum with a long extension hose, use it to get cobwebs and dust from your ceilings and fans. Then dust your furniture and other items before vacuuming all the dust from your floors.
BONUS HINTS ...... BONUS HINTS ...... BONUS HINTS
Grocery stores use a system called FIFO (first in, first out) to rotate products with a limited shelf life so that they'll sell before they spoil. We should follow the same rules and save ourselves both frustration and money. There are probably expired products lurking in your pantry and medicine cabinet right now.
When cleaning your pantry, don't just pull everything out and put it back in. Check out those jars, cans and boxes.
The medicine cabinet and your other bathroom storage areas also need to be purged of old stuff. Expired medicine can be dangerous at worst and ineffective at best. Cosmetics don't have expiration dates, but liquid-based ones especially can harbor bacteria and should go in three to six months.
If it looks or smells bad, let it go.