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5 spring cleaning tasks to tackle now — and a few that can wait
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5 spring cleaning tasks to tackle now — and a few that can wait

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Spring cleaning

When it’s time to spring-clean, we may think we have to tackle every single item on the to-do list right away. But actually, there are some home-maintenance tasks that it’s better to wait until fall to complete.

To help you sort out which things to spring-clean ASAP and which can be safely put off for a few more months, we’ve compiled the list below. Then, you can breathe a little easier knowing that it doesn’t have to all get done right away.

Tips for spring cleaning‌

Work your way down‌

This doesn’t mean you have to start on the top floor and end in the basement. Whatever room you’re in, clean all the high areas first — you don’t want to be dusting shelves after you’ve cleaned the floor. An extendable microfiber duster is an excellent way to get those hard-to-reach high spots, whether they’re on the ceiling or the tops of your ceiling-fan blades.

Dust first‌

When you add water to dirt, it turns into mud and creates a bigger mess. To an extent, the same thing happens with dust. Before cleaning with a cloth, give the area a quick dusting.

Try vacuuming‌ instead

To save time, consider using a lightweight vacuum to do your dusting with a soft brush attachment to accomplish some of your dusting tasks.

Don’t just clean the walls‌

After placing your drop cloth on the floor, filling a bucket with warm water and adding a dash of mild detergent, you’re ready to wash those walls. However, you shouldn’t stop there — clean the doors and the baseboards while you’re at it.

Don’t neglect your plants‌

Dust settles on everything, even plants. Besides providing your in-home greenery with sunlight, water and nutrients, you need to keep them clean, as well. A layer of dust can clog a plant’s pores and affect photosynthesis. In some instances, you can just set your plants outside on a rainy day to clean them up.

Clean your trash cans‌

Spring cleaning is the perfect time to gather all the trash cans in your home, empty them out and hose them down on the inside and out. If there are any stubborn spots, consider using a scrub brush and warm soapy water.

Clean your cleaning tools‌

When you’re finished with your spring cleaning, you still have one task left to perform: Clean your cleaning tools. Anything that you clean with collects dirt and bacteria. Over time, these items can and will develop an unpleasant odor. A kitchen sponge is a perfect example of this.

— Spring cleaning tips by Allen Foster, BestReviews

Wondering how to begin decluttering your home? Here’s how to tackle the toughest areas of your house:

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