Don’t Forget These Spots When Spring Cleaning
If you’re going to do it, you may as well do it right. When it comes to spring cleaning, there will be obvious places in the home that need a little TLC. But while you’re at it, there are also some areas that often get forgotten that are just as important to address.
In the Kitchen
Wipe the inside and outside of the toaster, microwave, coffeemaker, and other small appliances.
Empty the refrigerator, clean it inside and out, and defrost the freezer.
Wipe down cabinets.
Go through the pantry and throw away any old items. Wipe down and sanitize shelves.
In the Bathroom
Go through drawers. Dispose of old toiletries or medicines then reorganize the drawers.
Scrub the shower and bathtub.
Wash the shower curtain and floormat. Consider replacing if needing a refresh.
Check your bathroom fan for proper function. Ventilation is the key to avoiding moisture buildup that may cause mildew and mold. Clean, repair, or replace as needed.
In the Laundry Room
Move the washer and dryer to clean dust and grime at the back.
Clean lint traps with mild soap and water.
Washers have hoses that are running constantly and are prone to wear and tear. Check hoses for bulges or cracks and replace immediately. Replace rubber hoses with steel-braided lines for added security.
Be sure to look for warped flooring or discoloration on walls or cabinets. These may be signs of water damage.
In the Bedroom & Living Room
Remove any furniture cushions and vacuum crevasses.
Consider replacing items like bedding, towels, or window treatments, to freshen up your home. If purchasing new items is not in the budget, put your dryer to work by tossing in drapes, curtains, and even throw pillows on an air-only cycle. Be sure to take out and hang immediately after to avoid wrinkles.
Use a damp towel to wipe down walls and blinds. Remove and wipe down window screens outside.
Though your spring-cleaning list may be long and tedious, it’s helpful to remember how great you’ll feel when the work is completed. Cleaning, decluttering, and organizing the home can bring a sense of joy and refreshment.
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