Spring Cleaning

May 13, 2016 | Jeannette

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The weather is finally consistently warm and pleasant. Now it’s time to get out the vacuums, dusters and cleaning supplies to remove the buildup of dust and dirt from the winter months.

Last weekend, I thoroughly vacuumed the house. I moved beds, couches, dressers and other furniture to reach places that are often missed. This weekend, I plan on removing the curtains and throwing them in the wash. Rugs and throw pillows need to be cleaned and dried in the sun. Oh, and I can’t forget those stuffed animals.

I also like to open all my windows to let fresh air into the house. And don’t forget to check your air duct cleaning schedule. It may be time to get those professionally cleaned, as well.

Spring cleaning isn’t just about cleaning. It’s also an opportunity to organize and declutter your home. Store away winter jackets, sweaters and boots that we hopefully won’t be needing until December. Organize your closet and throw away or donate any unwanted clothing.

The library has many books with cleaning and organizing tips to help you get started.

Here are some books about cleaning:

Express Housekeeping   Household Hints   Joey Green's Kitchen Magic   Keeping House

Looking for an environmentally friendly way to clean? Try these books:

Homemade Cleaners   Household Cleaning   The Organically Clean Home   Planet Home

Need help with organizing and decluttering your home? There are books for that, too:

Declutter Anything   Decluttering Your Home   The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up   Never Too Busy to Cure Clutter

I have to admit that I don't like to clean. But it's something that needs to be done. Looking for a shortcut to cleaning? There are actually books for that, too:

Clean it Fast, Clean it Right   Just Clean Enough   No Time to Clean   Speed Cleaning 101