That Time of the Year

With another winter behind us and summer fast approaching, that can only mean one thing — it’s time for spring cleaning. Many people throw the term “spring cleaning” around loosely, but should it be taken more seriously? The answer is a resounding YES.

During the frosty and arctic months, our houses suffocate. We keep the windows and doors tightly sealed and blast the heat. The spring not only welcomes the thawing and warming, but more importantly welcomes the opportunity for us to finally crack the windows and let the fresh air circulate throughout the house and breath in new life. During the fall and winter, homes get congested with chemicals and gas; be it from cleaning supplies or heating. With the coming of warmer weather, it is the perfect time to let mother nature cleanse your house with clean, new air.

Not only is vacuuming your floor and carpets important, but also your mattress, blankets, and pillows. Dust mites, bed bugs, and other forms of dirt and bacteria have been using the past few months to bask in the comfort of your bed. It’s time to get them out. Don’t just put your sheets through the wash. Take them outside and let the sun hit them. Drape your sheets, carpets, and towels over a clothes line and give them a beating. You’ll be surprised how much of a difference you feel next time you use them.

It is also important to dust your drapes and blinds. After you do this, wipe down your windows, inside and out. Next, you should focus on your appliances. Clean the oven, microwave, and refrigerator. Go through your kitchen cabinets and organize all the food, and remove anything that may have expired. Polish your counter tops, mop the floors. Do all of this with the windows open. The whole point is to let the fresh air circulate throughout.

“Spring cleaning” isn’t just a term that should be taken lightly. Your home is where you spend the most time. You want it to not only look clean, but feel clean. Put the time and effort in to make it a happy, healthy home.

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