Spring is my favorite season. It’s when Mother Nature shows us her true beauty with the new flowers blooming, babies being born, when we shove the closed-toe shoes back in the closet and bring out the sandals, and my all-time favorite – Spring cleaning.
I know what you’re thinking. Spring cleaning? That girl’s crazy! We still have a few weeks until Spring starts. Well, before you have me committed, hear me out. I love Spring cleaning because it allows me the chance to start fresh. It’s the perfect opportunity to clean up the clutter that has been building all winter, clean out the closets and cupboards, open the windows and welcome the fresh air. Here are a few Spring cleaning items on my list that you can incorporate in your housework.
1. What’s old is not new again: Sometimes old is just old. If you no longer wear it, use it, or like it get rid of it. Anything in good shape (a.k.a. gently used) can be donated to a local charity or thrift store, brought to a consignment shop, or start a pile for a garage
2. Dust Bunnies beware: Take time and care to vacuum behind furniture, dust ceiling fans, tops of appliances, cabinets and lighting fixtures, and wipe down baseboards and window sills.
3. Germs be gone: Now that we are through cold and flu season it is a good idea to wash all of the blankets, pillows and covers in the bedrooms and main living areas to rid your
home of any remaining germs. Disinfecting light switches, handles and door knobs with Lysol spray is great too.
4. Can you see me: Window cleaning isn’t fun, but the difference is clear! Remove curtains and valances to wash them, clean the windows, and rinse all of the window screens.
5. A fresh new me: Go through make-up bags, medicine cabinets and emergency kits. Properly dispose of any expired products and replace vital first aid items.
6. Safe and sound: Keep your family safe by changing the batteries in all of the smoke detectors and check fire extinguisher dates and pressure gauges.
7. Just the classics: This one may hurt a little bit, but it’s time to clean off the bookshelf. I know it’s difficult, but are you really going to read all of those books again when great new books are being published as we speak? Slim down your selection to just your favorites, and like that you have room for new books. Used books are always welcomed as library, hospital, and assisted living community donations.
Being completely honest, I’m not a fan of cleaning, but I love a clean house so it’s a necessary evil. Including these simple Spring cleaning steps will create a clean, happy, healthy and clutter-free home.
Lisa Heartman writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels.