Will Spring Cleaning Brighten Your Home?

Some people love spring-cleaning. Others dread it. Either way, it is a chance to open your windows and create cleaner spaces in your home. You may have a short or long list of spring-cleaning tasks, but don’t let them bog you down. You don’t have to complete them all in one day.

In the foyer, wash your trim and switch plates. Dust the lighting fixtures and clean the bench, if you have one. If your bench has a cushion, launder it if it is machine washable. Empty out your coat closet and replace your heavy winter coats with your lighter spring and raincoats. If you find coats you don’t wear anymore, you can donate them.

In your bedrooms, open the windows and dust all of the furniture. Remove items from drawers and stack them neatly. Remove clothing from closets and sweep and mop or vacuum the closet floors.

Move your bed and put away anything that was under the bed. Sweep or vacuum beneath the bed. Freshen up your mattress by sprinkling baking soda on it, allowing it to sit for a little while, and them vacuuming it off. Wash bedding and curtains.

In bathrooms, open the windows. Empty the vanity and cabinets and set aside anything you will be throwing out. Clean the tub or shower very well, and clean the drain. Clean the mirror well and take out and wash the window screens.

In your kitchen, clean the window coverings and mini blinds, if you have them. Remove items from drawers, wipe out each drawer, and place all your items neatly back in the drawers. Wash cutting boards well and sanitize them. Organize and clean your pantry, and discard foods that are expired. Clean the oven and stovetop. Clean under your stove and refrigerator. Wash your counters and backsplash.

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