One of the biggest signs that Winter is officially over is scheduled to take place this week, and no we arent talking about Rays, Yankees or Phillies Spring Training. We’re referring to the start of Daylight Savings Time. This Sunday marks the unofficial end of Winter with the Spring time change. At 2:00am on March 8th, it is time to “spring forward” and inevitably roll out of bed cranky from losing that oh so precious extra hour of sleep.
With daylight savings leading the way to the official first day of Spring on the 20th, we might as well get a jump start on some of the chores that have alluded us for the last several months.
Brighten Your Home With These Five Spring Cleaning Tasks:
1. Wash the Windows. A clear view brightens the entire house! A simple way to do this is by removing the screens and brushing them clean with a broom. Clean them using a hose with a multi-surface cleaner, and spray clean. Making sure all windows are shut, use a window cleaner that attaches directly to your hose to spray exteriors of the windows clean. But we think an even easier way to clean windows is to hire someone to do it for you! So worth the phone call to a professional!
2. Clean the Carpets and Rugs. Start with a fresh step! Cleaning your carpets and rugs makes the whole house feel cleaner and mists the air with scent that says “fresh.” You can rent carpet cleaners from any home improvement store for about $25 per day, or opt have someone come out and shampoo your rugs for $100-$150 for three areas.
3. Give the refrigerator a once-over. A healthy house begins with healthy dwellers. Refrigerators are breeding grounds for bacteria and mold. Start by tossing any forgot about or expired condiments or food items. Remove the remainder of the contents from the refrigerator and remove the shelves and drawers. Wash these in the sink or dishwasher, then give the sides of the fridge a good wipe down. A clean fridge is just begging to filled with delicious and nutritious eats from the Farmer’s Market.
4. Clean the Floorboards, Doors, and Woodwork. What’s not directly in front of us often gets neglected, yet floorboards, doors, and woodwork are some of the most abused components of our house. They get kicked by shoes, scratched at by dogs, spilled on by kids, and touched by many hands. With a clean cloth dipped in solution of water and a few drops of dish soap (wrung dry), run the cloth along the tops and fronts of each floor board. Start at the bottom left side of the room and work your way around, stopping to wipe down any doors, window sills, or other woodwork along the way. Don’t forget to sanitize the door handles and light switches as well.
5. Touch-Up Painted Walls. Just as floorboards, doors and woodwork often get neglected, so does the everyday wear and tear on walls. Use this time as an opportunity to clean spills and stains off the walls with a clean cloth (dipped in water with a couple drips of dish soap). Once clean, scour the walls for areas that need touch up paint. Start at the top left corner of each room and work your way down and to the right. Fill in any nail holes with spackling, then touch up with paint.
Who says that spring cleaning needs to take days complete? These five, low-effort spring cleaning tasks can have your home looking, and smelling like new without exhausting yourself cleaning room-by-room.
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