"Spring Cleaning Makes for a Tidy Home!"
A solid round of spring cleaning is yet another way to sweep away the memories of a tough winter season. This week, I thought I'd outline some tips that can help make some of the most common as well as some of the less common spring cleaning tasks a little bit easier. Happy cleaning!
11 Tips to Help with Spring Cleaning
- Clean Those Windows. This is a task seen on many springtime to-do lists. In order to get the job done right, you have to do both the inside as well as the outside of the windows. To avoid leaving streaks, try cleaning your windows with newspaper. This is a great way to use those newspapers that don't make it into the recycling bin. Plus, by taking this approach, you can really save on your paper towel budget!
- Give Your Garage Floor the Once Over. During the wintertime, you may have stored your car inside the garage every night to protect it from the icy winds and snow. Well, if you've noticed oil spots on your garage floor there's an easy way to get rid of it. I recommend that you pour some kitty litter on top of the spot. Put on some old shoes and spend a few minutes grinding the kitty litter around beneath your feet. Finish the job by sweeping the kitty litter into a dustpan and throwing it away. As the kitty litter is swept up, you should see very little, if any, of the oil stain on your garage floor.
- Winter Coats, Take a Vacation! If you have your winter coats in a hall closet, it's time to take them out and wash them. Put them in garment bags to keep them in good shape for next winter. If you don't have garment bags, you can just push them toward the back of the closet to make room for spring jackets and raincoats.
- Examine the Dog's Bed. This is a spring cleaning task that is often overlooked. It's likely that your dog spent a lot of cold winter days curled up on that bed. He's no fool! Wash the bed to get rid of all of the odors and dog hair that accumulated over the cold weather months.
- Let the Breezes In. Many families transfer their storm door to the garage and replace it with a screen door for the warm weather season. Hose off the screen door and sweep away the cobwebs with a broom before putting it up.
- Patio Furniture Time! If you have patio furniture it's time to take it out and hose off the dust and dirt. Allow the fabric on the chairs and the patio umbrella enough time to dry completely. Shine the glass table top to give your patio area some extra sparkle.
- Clean the Sofa. The start of spring is a wonderful time to take the cushions off the sofa and chairs in your sitting area and clean them off outside. You can vacuum them or beat some of the dust out of them with the handle of a broom. I suggest you leave them outside to soak in some of that fresh air while you vacuum the bare sofa and chairs.
- Don't Forget the Refrigerator. A round of spring cleaning is a great opportunity to vacuum beneath the refrigerator as well as on top of it. It's easy to forget these places, so a lot of dust can build up before you know it.
- Clean the Oven. Cleaning the oven in the spring is a smart thing to do after using it to cook all of those comfort foods during the cold weather months. Simply follow the instructions on the can of oven cleaner.
- Take a Peek Under the Bed. This is an area that needs to be addressed after a long winter. I would be very surprised if you didn't find more than one family of dust bunnies living there. No matter how careful you are about cleaning, dust bunnies seem to find a way under the bed while you're not looking! The upholstery attachment on your vacuum will do the trick.
- Close Up the Fireplace. If you have a fireplace that you used over the winter, it's time to take any logs out of it and sweep it out. Make sure the flue is closed and the glass doors are secure. Do this and you'll be ready to light a fire on the first cold night that rolls around next winter.
Thanks for reading!-Alan