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Top 9 Spring Cleaning Chores

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Spring cleaning at one time involved a complete top to bottom cleaning of every square inch of a home. To complete the process families would often spend an entire week removing, cleaning, and replacing everything in the home to create that spring-fresh feeling. Today's spring cleaning may not be as involved, but there are a few tasks that need to be performed seasonally in your home. Here are the top chores that need to be done this season.

1. Storing Seasonal Clothing

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When warmer spring weather arrives, it's time to pack away sweaters, coats, and other cold weather clothing. Storing seasonal clothing is easy to do safely if you follow a few simple rules. Making sure that the storage containers and areas follow the rules of clean, cool, dark, and dry will keep clothing in good shape for next winter.

2. Check Appliances

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We expect our appliances to perform whenever we need them, but sometimes their care can be neglected. Each spring take the time to inspect your major appliances for wear and tear. The coils of the refrigerator sould be vacuumed, and the drain pan should be cleaned out. Accumulated lint needs to be cleaned from the dryer vents. Clean out accumulated gunk from you  oven and refrigerator. Clean dishwashers, disposals, and washing machines. Heating and cooling units need maintenance as well.<p>

 

3. Clutter Control

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Spring is the perfect time to remove clutter and excess from the home. Try the 4 container clutter method to help figure out items that need to be kept, sold, given away, or trashed. If paper clutter is one of your problems, find out how to reduce paper piles around the home. You'll see a huge difference in how easy it is to clean your home after you've reduced your clutter.

4. Garage Storage

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It may be a little daunting, but chances are your garage could use some attention this spring. Whether you need to organize a garage cleanup day or just need to remove a few items to be used in a garage sale, it makes sense to pay a little attention to your garage this spring. Try some new organizational tools or techniques to store sports equipment, Christmas decorations, or whatever your family hides in your garage space. Take advantage of the nicer weather to remove items from your garage and send them on their way. Use rewards to help bribe your family into helping out.

5. Patios and Outdoor Areas

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Spring is a great time to get the outdoors ready for entertaining. Clean the patio and outdoor furniture. Do some basic landscaping repairs on the lawn, shrubbery, and plants. The exterior doors and windows of the home may need some attention. Check for fence and exterior repairs. Lawn maintenance or pest prevention may need to be performed as well. Don't forget that outdoor cleaning projects are great to involve the whole family. With a little effort this spring, outdoor areas will be ready to entertain throughout the summer.

6. Window Treatments

Spring is a great time to inspect and clean window treatments. Whether you need to wash blinds, send drapes to the dry cleaners, or throw washable curtains into the washing machine, getting your window treatments clean after a long winter can brighten an entire room. Be sure to dust down the window casing, wash window sills, and clean any window hardware while you are at it. Follow manufacturer's instructions, and your entire room will feel brighter and fresher.

7. Beds and Bedding

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Even with mattress covers, and all of our bedding, mattresses occasionally need to be inspected and cleaned, and in some cases flipped. Use this time to inspect your mattress pads, pillow covers, and all bedding for needed replacement or repairs. Use these tips to spot clean and repair or take the plunge and shop for new beds and bedding.

8. Ceiling Fans

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Winter is over and warmer temperatures will be arriving soon. Take a few minutes to spring clean the ceiling fans in your home. An entire season of dust and buildup will need to be cleaned away before we can enjoy these fans. I love the easy tips in this video that will help get your ceiling fans in tip top shape.

9. Outdoor Grills

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Warmer temperatures may mean it's time to fire up your outdoor grill. I am looking forward to some amazing meals cooked on our grill. But if your grill has spent the winter sitting in silence, it may need a little tune up to be ready for spring and summer fun. Use the tips in this video to clean up your grill.

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