Chores To Do Before Spring Arrives
Our homes have been sealed shut for the past few months to lock out the cold winter air. With sunshine and spring breezes headed our way, we're going to open up our doors again--but there's a lot to do before you let in the fresh air and daylight. Here are the chores you need to do before spring arrives.
Once the snow melts, you can see the damage the harsh winter weather did to your property. Examine the exterior of your house from top to bottom. Go over your roof and make sure there isn't major damage and replace any shingles that may have gotten loose. Debris and leaves accumulate in the gutters, so clean them out in anticipation of spring rains. Check for damage in the downspouts and make sure they are secured to the house. If you need to, wash the exteriors of the windows and hose down the siding. Wipe down exterior doors and look for spots that need to be touched up with paint. Replace the welcome mat if it's weathered. Inspect trees around your house to make sure they're not tangled in power lines or obstructing exterior utility enclosures. Survey the foundation and the ground around it. Assess any damage that needs immediate attention. If you have a basement prone to flooding, make sure your sump pump is working.
When it's time to move to the indoors, start with the kitchen?it gets the most use with the potential for the most dirt and damage. The refrigerator is probably the most important appliance. Clean it out thoroughly and throw out anything you haven't touched in six months. Unplug it so you can dust the coils, sweep and mop underneath it. Next, freshen up your garbage disposal. Do this by sprinkling 1/4 cup of baking soda into the disposal, then 1 cup of vinegar. Let it bubble up and sit for up to 10 minutes. Flush it out with hot or boiling water. You can also use baking soda and vinegar to clean the dishwasher. Don't forget to wash out the garbage can. Swish some vinegar in it to get rid of any odors, then rinse it out with clean water.
Living Room And
In the living and dining areas, dust is your major concern. Wash the interior of the windows and dust the blinds. Next wash the heavy, winter curtains and replace them with the lighter spring curtains. Dust the ceiling fan while making sure to thoroughly wipe down the tops of the blades. Find homes for toys, kids' games and anything that doesn't belong in the living room or dining room.
Give your bed a total refresh. You use your mattress every night, and it should be regularly cleaned. First, air it out and then give it a wash--there are a few mattress cleaning methods you can use. When it's all clean and dry, rotate and flip it. This should extend the life of your mattress. You should also wash your pillows; most?even feather pillows?are machine washable. Finish by putting your spring bedding set on the bed.
Bathrooms And Laundry
Bathrooms and the laundry room see a lot of traffic, but there shouldn't be any major work to do. Start by rinsing out your garbage can with vinegar followed by hot water. Clean your dryer vent. You can buy a special lint cleaning system or you can vacuum the lint from the hose of your clothes dryer. Wash your washer. Baking soda and vinegar does the trick?add it to a short wash cycle (empty) in hot water.
Spring cleaning is all about washing away the dust and debris accumulated during the winter and making things fresh for summer. With a little bit of effort, you can get all your spring chores done before the sun starts shining and you can enjoy it.
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