Spring is here and it is the best time of year to clean the house and get the patio ready for summer. This is also great time to really get rid of stuff you have accumulated and to deep clean areas that have been ignored over the winter. Here are some tips for doing a good job that will make your efforts last awhile.
Empty out Bedroom Closets and Drawers
A great place to start your cleaning is in your bedroom. Take everything out of your closets and drawers. You can pile things up on your bed. Wipe down drawers and shelves and vacuum closet floors. Next, go through your pile as you put items back. If you havenâ€™t used or worn an item in the last 12 months, it is likely that you never will. Make a pile of things you want to donate or sell online and another pile of what you will toss. Then, commit to getting rid of those piles by packing them up in plastic bags so you canâ€™t see them and have second thoughts.
Take Stock of Stored Items
Take a good look at what you have in storage, whether that is your attic, garage, basement, or even a storage unit. Anything that you really donâ€™t love or use can be gotten rid of, especially if it is broken. Have a tag sale for what still works. Call a disposal company, like Ware Disposal, and arrange for them to pick up bulky items.
Deep Clean Appliances
You should only have to do this once or twice a year. Really get in there and clean the grime out of your oven, microwave, and dishwasher. White vinegar and baking soda will get at the grease and any mold. Clean your range hood with a degreasing solution. Wipe down the entire inside of your fridge with white vinegar. Toss out anything that has expired. Finally, run a cycle on your washing machine with a drum cleaning agent and remove lint from the dryer vent and hose.
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Spring cleaning is like a rebirth. You can bring your home back to life with a good, thorough cleaning once or twice a year. You and your home will feel refreshed. The best way to start the project is to motivate yourself by making a list of the areas you want to attack and then give yourself a timeline. You donâ€™t need to tackle this all in one weekend.