It’s Time to Get to that Spring Cleaning!

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It may be too early to get out and do a lot of garden prep for spring, but it’s definitely not too early to get going on some spring cleaning jobs inside your home. Here are a few things to tackle inside to get your home springtime fresh, while you wait a little longer to start on garden prep.

Clean walls and ceilings. When was the last time you did this? Use a vacuum cleaner attachment to remove dust; test a degreaser in a hidden area of the kitchen to tackle that room’s walls with a degreaser and sponge.

Dust books and bookshelves. It’s time to take books off the bookshelves and actually dust them. And before you put them back, clean the shelves, too. And while you’re at it… now may be the perfect time to donate some of those books that you’re really not going to read again (or for the first time) to a local nonprofit.

And then dust the rest of your house. Dust from top to bottom, in the hard-to-get-to places and in the obvious places. Clean the top of the fridge, the top of curtain rods, the baseboards, and behind furniture. Always work from the top of the home to the floor and don’t use sprays, which really attract and hold more dust.

And then vacuum. A quick vacuum after the dusting will let you get any of the dust that lands on the floors.

Change out the batteries. Now’s a good time to change the tired batteries in smoke detectors and CO2 monitors. You should do this a couple of times a year, so if you do it now, mark your calendar for Halloween and change them out then, too.

Clean window treatments. Some draperies and curtains may be machine washable so read your labels. Some may be dry cleanable. And blinds are always ready for a thorough dusting. These items are dirt magnets. Do it now and you won’t cringe when it’s time to open your windows.

These are a few odd jobs that will get you started on spring cleaning. Don’t try to do the whole house at once. Start with these tasks and tackle others later. When your home is springtime fresh, you’ll be glad you put this effort in!

Easy Weekend Chores to Prepare Yourself for Autumn

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You may not be ready for fall yet, but it’s coming soon. Why not take advantage of the last weekends of summer to tackle a few simple jobs that will make easing into autumn and winter a little easier. These won’t take long, and they won’t take too much effort!

Get winter equipment ready now. Don’t let an early fall storm catch you off guard. Get your snow blower ready to throw snow now.

Clean the garage. Did you accumulate new tools this summer but you didn’t get rid of any of your old ones? Now’s a good time to purge old equipment and tools you no longer need and do a quick sweep of the garage floor.

And when you are done in your garage, it may be time to organize the shed. Move summer items to the back and winter stuff up front for better access. Also, remove any liquids that will freeze.

Check for drafts. Feel for drafts around the edges of windows and doors. A good tip is to use a lighted candle and if the flame flickers, there’s most likely a draft. Replace seals and repair caulking around window and door frames now so you are warm later.

Buy a programmable thermostat, if you don’t have one. Setting your thermostat to lower the temperature automatically at night and when you’re not home, can result in substantial cost savings.

Test home safety devices. Replace the batteries in all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices and test to make sure they’re working properly. If you don’t do this in the fall, it’s a good idea to have a day set aside every year to check these out – Halloween, Fourth of July, your birthday – any day you’ll remember.

Check the chimney and fireplace. If you have a wood fireplace and use it often, have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional. And if you have a woodburner, now’s a good time to stock up on firewoood before it costs more.

Clean the gutters. A quick cleaning of the gutters will help to ensure they are ready when the leaves start to drop. Pull out leaves, sticks and other debris that landed in them and stayed in them this summer. Hire a service to clear your gutters or do it yourself. Remove leaves, nests, and debris from gutters and check for leaks.

Ready or not, fall – followed by winter – is on its way. Be ready!