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Spring Cleaning in your Home

By brian barrick
March 15, 2012

 

The origins of spring cleaning date back to the middle ages when the rushes or hay covering the floor of dwellings was finally removed and replaced with fresh. We don’t cover our floors with hay anymore, but we still feel the need to deep clean our homes in preparation for spring and the end of winter. Here are some tips to make washing windows and cleaning out the garage a little easier.

 

Don’t get overwhelmed. Make a list of what you want to accomplish, post it on the fridge or bulletin board. Begin at the back of the house and work forward or start with just the closet in the hall. When going from room to room always clean from the top down.

The right tools for the job. Gather all your supplies together before you get started. Things to bring: a duster with a telescoping handle, lint free cloths, trash bags, and a bucket to carry your supplies from room to room.

Now what? Experts say before you tackle any de-cluttering project you should have a clear idea of what to do with the excess stuff. They suggest using boxes or bags and making three piles: one to keep, one to recycle, and one to throw away.

It IS easy being green. Using environmentally friendly cleaning products is easier then ever before. These products are kid and pet friendly since they don’t contain harmful chemicals. Yet they still clean very effectively.

For more information on where to buy “green” products visit: http://www.grist.org/  or try: http://www.greenhome.com/

Whistle while you work. Listening to music while you work lifts your mood, increases concentration and keeps you focused.

Spring Forward! This year Daylight Savings begins on Sunday, March 11 at 2:00 a.m. Did you know Benjamin Franklin proposed this idea back in 1784?

 

Finally a little spring cleaning is good for the soul. Studies have shown that opening windows to let in fresh air substantially improves mood and lightens fatigue. For more ideas visit: http://housekeeping.about.com

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