Use this handy spring clean­ing check­list

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Af­ter the long Canadian win­ter, there’s some­thing about this time of year that in­spires us to throw open our win­dows and let the fresh breeze in. Spring is an ideal time to de-clut­ter and in­fuse re­newed en­ergy into our living space.

A com­plete spring clean over­haul can take days of course, so plan ac­cord­ingly and set a re­al­is­tic sched­ule.The fol­low­ing tips will soon have your home dust-free:

• Be­fore you begin clean­ing, cat­e­go­rize the list of jobs re­quired (e.g. clean­ing base­boards, or­ga­niz­ing cup­boards, wash­ing cur­tains). Although it seems eas­ier to tackle all the vac­u­um­ing at once, com­plet­ing one room at a time will give you the sat­is­fac­tion to con­tinue.

• Begin with dust­ing and vac­u­um­ing sur­faces—from ceil­ing to base­boards—as well as chan­de­liers, light bulbs and light fix­tures. Spring clean­ing does re­quire a lit­tle old fash­ioned el­bow grease. Scrub floors with a scrub­bing brush and clean­ing so­lu­tion, clean the grout on tiled floors. If you don’t al­ready own one, rent a steam cleaner for car­pets.

• Take down win­dow treat­ments and wash or dry clean. Wipe wooden blinds with a gen­tle wood cleaner, wash alu­minum blinds out­doors where they can dry. Clean the in­side of win­dows.

• As a rule, work from the top down, so ar­eas don’t get dirty again. How­ever, when it comes to wash­ing walls, it is eas­ier to start from the bot­tom us­ing a sponge mop. This way, you can more eas­ily clean up any drips.

• In the kitchen, thor­oughly clean the tops of cab­i­nets, fridges and stove vent. Be ruth­less with the con­tents of your fridge and throw out any­thing old, or furry. De­frost your freezer, empty the con­tents and wipe the in­side with a mix of a litre of hot wa­ter with 2 ta­ble­spoons of bak­ing soda.

• In the bed­room, flip your mat­tress and edit your wardrobe. Store away win­ter gar­ments un­til the next sea­son and get rid of clothes you haven’t worn for more than a year; don’t save them for “some­day”.

• Or­ga­nize book­shelves and stor­age cab­i­nets. Spring clean­ing is a good time to do­nate un­used or un­wanted items. One place you can do­nate is to a Re­Store of home­build­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion, Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity. It ac­cepts ev­ery­thing from fur­ni­ture, house­hold prod­ucts, to even the kitchen sink. And Re­Stores pro­vide a tax re­ceipt for the value of your do­na­tion.You can find one in your com­mu­nity at www. habi­tat.ca/re­store.

• Spring clean­ing is also an ideal time to safely dis­pose of ex­pired med­i­ca­tions and re­place bat­ter­ies in your smoke de­tec­tor.

Once the work is done, open the win­dows wide and let that fresh spring air in.

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