How to Organize Spring Cleaning

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Springtime is the traditional time to remove the winter blues from your home and make it ready for the long days of summer fun. It's also a good exercise in taking stock of your home and its contents. Just
make sure that you share the work--and the credit for a job well done.

  • Make a list of each room in the house that needs to be cleaned.

  • In each room, breakdown the individual items that need to be cleaned with a bulleted list. For instance, a kitchen might include refrigerator/freezer cleanup, silver tarnish, cabinet organizing, etc. This way, you can tackle each room piecemeal.

  • Do a double-check for items that exist independently of a specific room's list. For instance, filters in your air conditioning unit might be due for a change, or you gutters may be clogged with late winter's heavy rains.

  • Farm out responsibilities to the members of your family. If you have young children, you might give them something small to do.

  • Schedule a weekend for the spring cleaning. Make sure your family knows that this weekend is dedicated to cleaning.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use the weakest cleaner first, then graduate to stronger solutions when needed. This way you're least likely to harm surfaces with harsh, inappropriate cleaners.
  • Pop moist sponges in the microwave oven for 20 seconds to kill germs.
  • Spring cleaning is also a great time to change out your wardrobe. Wash and pack away winter clothes, and break out the short sleeves and beach towels.
  • Stock up on trash bags, boxes, cleaning supplies and rags.

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