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Spring Cleaning: A Complete Checklist

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The flowers are blooming, the birds are serenading, and our house still feels like it's stuck with winter blues. Spring cleaning is a tradition that allows us to freshen up our homes and get a head start on the hectic seasons of spring and summer.

Spring Cleaning Checklists By Room

These tutorials help with any room in your home. Each tutorial gives a list of steps, tools and supplies needed, and tips to help you get the job done with special attention given to seasonal chores for this springy time of year. Use these checklists as a spring board to deep clean the areas of your home that really need extra attention. Skip items that have recently been cleaned and focus on the parts of your home that have been neglected all winter long.

Clearing Clutter and Organizing During Spring Cleaning

One of the biggest parts of spring cleaning is getting rid of clutter that you don't need. Use these resources to clear out your stuff. Plan a garage sale. Learn how to box up items you don't need. Find out how to donate items that are taking up space. Take advantage of the natural urge that comes each spring to get rid of items that are weighing you down and begin fresh with a more streamlined lifestyle. While we may have a tendency to hoard and hold on to items in the winter, we generally are more ready to let go of clutter when spring arrives. Trust me. Cleaning will be a lot easier when the clutter is gone.

Getting the Family Involved in Spring Cleaning

If you need a little help in your cleaning endeavors, try to get your family involved. Even the most unwilling helper can make a big difference in the work load. I know what you are thinking. It might actually seem easier to just do everything by yourself rather than try to get your family to help. Don't worry, we've got advice to deal with even those most reluctant helpers. This is actually a great time of year to get the entire family to work together. Try throwing on some music or establishing a family reward for when the work is done.

Extra Spring Cleaning Chores

There are some special chores that need to be done seasonally. We ignore them for most of the fall and winter, but now it is time to bite the bullet and get these things clean. Even though these chores only need to be done once or twice a year, they will help your home run look better and run smoothly. Outdoor chores like cleaning grills, patios, and windows can be a little intimidating, but there are some simple tricks to keep the jobs manageable.

Products to Use During Spring Cleaning

The cleaning aisles of our stores are stocked full of supplies to help you clean. But sometimes the variety can be overwhelming. Although you may be tempted to clean out the local store of all of their cleaning supplies, the real champions of spring cleaning are more basic supplies like a good all purpose cleaner and microfiber cloths.

Maintaining the Spring Cleaning

If you want some ideas to help you maintain the new cleanliness around your home these 15 minute cleanups can make that fresh feeling stay around for a long time. I love printing these out for my own kids. When things are broken down into 1-2 minute chores, all of us find tasks more simple to complete. It's amazing what 15 minutes can actually accomplish in a room.

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