Spring clean­ing in the air

Get ready to turn your house up­side­down

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As we emerge from the frost of win­ter and be­gin to dare al­low our­selves to think of the re­newal that spring brings, let’s pre­pare our­selves to re­store our homes as well. Of course, tra­di­tion­ally this is re­ferred to as “Spring Clean­ing.” It’s the time to be­gin the process of ex­chang­ing win­ter clothes for spring, clean out fire­places and gen­er­ally de­clut­ter our liv­ing space. Well, while we might not place th­ese tasks in the cat­e­gory of fun and sport, if we or­ga­nize the approach and the process, we can cer­tainly min­i­mize the pain to achieve re­newed life.

Or­ga­ni­za­tion is crit­i­cal. Re­mem­ber the old say­ing “a stitch in time, saves nine.” I rec­om­mend tak­ing out some qual­ity time to de­cide:

• What you want to ac­com­plish?

• Dur­ing what time frame you want to ac­com­plish ev­ery­thing?

• Will you use tem­po­rary clean­ing sup­port be­yond the norm for your home or will you need to hire pro­fes­sional sup­port?

If you are con­sid­er­ing tem­po­rary sup­port, the most im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion needs to be whether there will be ap­pro­pri­ate su­per­vi­sion or not. I have con­sid­ered us­ing tem­po­rary em­ploy­ees for spe­cial projects but have opted not to do it if I feel that I don’t have ad­e­quate su­per­vi­sion. It can be a coun­ter­pro­duc­tive ex­pe­ri­ence to have some­one stand­ing around ei­ther not know­ing what to do or do­ing the wrong thing. My Web site www.askcindy­how.com shares de­tails about hir­ing pro­fes­sional help.

While you are con­tin­u­ing your as­sess­ment re­lated to what is to be ac­com­plished, an­other ques­tion is how de­tailed your clean­ing will be. Usu­ally, af­ter smoke from the fire­place and fumes from the fur­nace have set­tled in all win­ter, a de­tailed approach is what is re­quired. With all this in mind, my rec­om­men­da­tion would be to sec­tion the house into sep­a­rate projects over a pe­riod of time. De­pend­ing on the nor­mal work re­quire­ments of the home, you can set-up ei­ther one or two day spe­cial spring project sched­ules. As a gen­eral rule, for me to have my crews de­tail clean an av­er­age kitchen when it has got­ten away from the home­owner, it takes more than one per­son a few hours. To de­tail clean means to re­move ev­ery­thing from the re­frig­er­a­tor and clean it out com­pletely. It means to clean ovens with oven spray (yes there is oven spray for self-clean­ing ovens). It also means wash­ing and wiping down walls that have ac­cu­mu­lated grease over the win­ter when more cook­ing oc­curred when the fam­ily stayed in­doors.

Or­ga­niz­ing your­self within your do­main for a to­tal spring clean­ing could eas­ily take a full day. It is also im­por­tant to have the right equip­ment for the tasks at hand. I in­vite you to visit my Web site at www. askcindy­how.com to find tips on clean­ing var­i­ous ar­eas of the home as well as what sup­plies, equip­ment and so­lu­tions to use. For in­stance, as you would pre­pare your furniture for pol­ish­ing, one would use mi­crofiber cloths as they lit­er­ally draw dust and hold on to it. Next, you can pol­ish the furniture us­ing a new cloth. In the kitchen, you will need to use a de­greaser to wipe down cab­i­nets and coun­ters and then rinse with wa­ter us­ing a damp terry cloth towel.

I can feel the clean in the air al­ready. Good luck and Happy Spring Clean­ing.

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