Preparing for Spring Cleaning
It’s that time of the year, spring cleaning! We all have those certain spring cleaning tasks that we dread, but consider the benefits of completing just these few.
Purging the pantry of out of date products. Realistically, people tend not to rotate their pantry stock when they unload the groceries each week. Take a few hours and look at the dates on boxed products, throw away old opened cereals that were pushed to the back and purge the old flour and corn starch. Don’t forget to look at the spices and canned goods and dispose of the out of date items. Wipe the shelves before returning items. This accomplishes two tasks, you realize what was wasted and know not to replace it, i.e. saving money while freeing up much needed pantry space.
Bedding and mattresses. Washing linens, including bed skirts, blankets and comforters provides the needed time to vacuum the mattresses (especially if there are allergy or asthma sufferers in the household) and flip them if warranted. Don’t forget the pillows! Vacuum, wash or replace pillows. This is also a great time to swap out the heavy comforters for the light weight summer bedding.
Other tasks usually reserved for spring include cleaning behind and/or under the refrigerator, the washer and the dryer. Cleaning ceiling fans, light fixtures, washing woodwork, cleaning carpets and drapes and vacuuming the furniture are all part of the spring cleaning season.
Freshening the home every spring is essential to maintaining a healthy home. There are many lists available online to help guide the process along with lists available from sources such as Martha Stewart and tips from Good Housekeeping. The labor of cleaning and organizing your home can be quite rewarding once complete.