First Day of Spring – Springtime To Dos

On February 2, 2013, groundhog Punxsutawney Phil announced that an early spring is on the way. Since the beginning of the tradition in 1887, Phil and his ancestors have seen their shadows 100 times, while only predicting an early spring 17 times. Thanks to Phil’s prediction those of you who have been patiently waiting can spring into action earlier this year. Here are some spring cleaning tips:

Get Rid of Your Clutter

During the winter, you’re bound to amass a some junk, not because you enjoy keeping the junk, or to get onto A&E’s Hoarders, but probably due to the difficultly of throwing it out due to the cold weather. So once springtime comes along, be sure to go through the things you’ve amassed during the holidays and if you feel you won’t be using them anytime soon, or have not landed a spot on Hoarders, don’t think twice about letting them go. You’ll be able to free up some space and make room for other more important items.

Let the fresh air in

There are many reason to open the windows to let in some nice fresh air, it is a nice day outside, or to cut down on your cooling bill, etc. However, most of us finally crack open the windows because spring is in the air. Which is a good reason. Right? After all, the house has been buttoned up since the fall and we are feeling claustrophobic.

All of the aforementioned reasons are great; however, it is more important to opening the window from a health perspective to helps remove many toxins that have built up over the last 4 to 6 months. Toxins, such as formaldehyde are released from many sources within our homes e.g. our furniture, cabinets, and carpeting to name a few. Opening the windows will allow fresh air to easily remove the lingering toxins, plus other odors and give your home a fresh and clean smell. This is also a great time to change and clean all of the linens, curtains, and other items that have been used during the previous season. Additionally, make sure to invest in a fabric refresher so that you can freshen up the items in your home that you can’t wash.

This old dusty house

Another spring-cleaning tip is to dust of your furniture, picture frames, lamps and other fixtures, especially those you haven’t moved in quite a while. Over time, these items will have accumulated dirt, dust, pet dandruff, and other particulates. Wiping them clean will not only make them presentable, it will prolong their shelf life as well. Aside from your furniture, be sure to wipe your wall and counters. The best way to clean them is use a wet or damp rag combined with an all-purpose cleaner. Aside from keeping them dirt free, you’ll be able to enhance their overall appearance. Once you have finished dusting, spray your furniture with a nice fabric freshener to eliminate any tough odors.

Clean Up Your Floors

The final touch to your spring-cleaning duties should be to clean your home’s flooring. Use a wet or damp rag or mop to wipe off any dirt that may have accumulated on the surface over the winter and from your other spring-cleaning activities. Don’t forget to include hard-to-reach corners when cleaning up your floors. Of course, this isn’t just limited to sweeping or vacuuming dirt off the floor. If you happen to have carpets, make it a point to vacuum each one or clean them using a carpet freshener. For those with stains, a carpet cleaner can do a good job of getting rid of any markings, making your carpet look new again.

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4 Responses

  1. Matt says:

    Excellent Advice – I had no idea formaldehyde was slowly seeping into my house. I think the one thing my wife and I need to do that is not mentioned here is washing our windows and screens. They are also in need of a good cleaning once that first stretch of nice days arrives.

  2. Barry says:

    Another thing to keep in mind Matt is that during the winter months when your house is warmer, mold can easily develop.

  3. Chet says:

    Downsizing all the STUFF I’ve amassed seems like a constant cycle. Like comedian John Hodgman said – the difference between a hoarder and a collector is a display case.

  4. Frank Jovine says:

    Chet that is funny! I am neither as I try to keep things always on the lean side.

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