Spring Cleaning

There is nothing more exhausting or more rewarding than doing a deep spring cleaning throughout your house. Let's face it, on a normal busy week you do the bare minimum to just get by. You probably vacuum, clean the toilet and sink, wash the floors, do the dishes and get the laundry done. For some, even that is a a lot of work. But over time, the dust and grime accumulates on all areas of the house from the ceiling to the floor and everywhere in between. That's when you need to break out all of your cleaning supplies and get to work. It's time to clean every nook and cranny of your home. No surface should be left untouched. There are a few basic things to concentrate on while doing your spring cleaning. The first priority is to clean every surface. That means every counter-top, wall, baseboard, ceiling corner, doors and windows. This includes those hard to reach places like ceiling fans, light bulbs and upper shelves that are collecting dust. The next thing to be concerned about is fabrics. Wash all curtains, deep clean the carpet and wash or replace all rugs and clean furniture. The kitchen and bathroom require special attention. It's time to go beyond surface cleaning and get every bit of it clean, from top to bottom. That means redoing the grout around the tub, scrubbing tiles, going through the medicine cabinet and purging unused items. The kitchen needs deep cleaning too, including cleaning the oven, defrosting the freezer, moving to scrub below them, wiping off the top of all and through canned goods and boxed foods to toss out or donate foods that aren't to be used and reorganize what is left. Organizing is another key part of spring cleaning. You would be amazed at how much cleaner your home will look when all of your belongings are in their rightful place. Group like things together, invest in storage bins if necessary, and purge any items that you never really use. Last but not least is the outdoors. Giving the outside of your home and yard a refresher will also make it feel and look better. Take this time to touch up the paint on the house, clean out the gutters, trim trees that hang over the roof, remove clutter, reorganize items in your shed or garage, power-wash the house, deck and driveway and work on the flower beds.

December 1, 2015