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Spring-Cleaning Organizer

Introduction

Get your house ready for warm weather with these tasks:

Clean Rugs, Carpets, and Floors
Vacuum rugs and carpets. Machine-wash or dry-clean area rugs, and shampoo wall-to-wall carpeting. Wash and wax floors.

Clean Windows
Remove dust, dirt, and cobwebs with a soft brush. Wash windows inside and out with a mild dilution of either ammonia or white vinegar in water; dry with a squeegee followed by a rag.

Renew Mattresses and Cushions
Vacuum mattresses and box springs. Rotate and flip mattresses before replacing them on the springs. Flip sofa and chair cushions.

Clean Refrigerator and Freezer
Unplug refrigerator; discard any items past their prime. Store food in a cooler, then wash fridge from top to bottom with warm, sudsy water. Add baking soda to solution to deodorize surfaces.

Clean Shades and Curtains
Take down window treatments. Dust slat blinds, and launder curtains and fabric shades: either hand-wash and lightly steam in place, or send to a dry cleaner.

Sort Through Wardrobes
Separate clothes into piles: off-season, give away, dry cleaner, tailor. Wash and mend clothing before replacing in closet or storing.

Perform a Safety Check
Check smoke detector batteries frequently; replace every six months. Check batteries in carbon-monoxide detectors and flashlights; inspect pressure gauges on fire extinguishers.

Replace Filters
Vacuum and clean grates, coils, and condensers on furnaces, refrigerators, stoves, and air conditioners. Remove filters in furnaces and air conditioners, and either clean or replace them.

Replace Storm Windows with Screens
Remove storm windows; replace cracked panes, recaulk windows, and repaint the frames before storing. Before installing screens, repair holes with tweezers (or replace entire screen).

Did You Know?
Your vacuum needs spring cleaning too: Cut away threads from the rotating beater, replace the motor's belt if stretched, and install a new bag.

Spring Cleaning Organizer

Source
Martha Stewart Living, April 2000

Reviews (2)

  • Jada 30 Mar, 2008

    I'm a student enrolled at the local college here in Ontario Canada. Friday the 28th was my final exam, then on to my internship! I am fortunate enough to have a week off starting today and i have been very much looking forward to starting spring cleaning. Today will be the prep. work and tomorrow morning will be the real deal!!!!!!! I can't wait, enjoy your day everyone. Jada

  • Scullybooks 30 Mar, 2008

    I have almost finished the spring cleaning but have the three major rooms left! The kitchen, dining room and sitting room!!! But it is a nice day today so have thrown open the windows and going to get on! I know I will be pleased when it is done but it's just the thought!! Yours in dust .... Susie (Scullybooks)