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8 to-dos for a successful spring Cleaning

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Ready to tackle the gargantuan task for your spring cleaning? Don’t leave any furniture unturned! Target these spots and activities to have a spick-and-span home.

The gloomy and dark days of winter are over and spring is in the air — and with it, the sudden and tremendous urge to spruce up.

 

Before the season of garden parties and get-togethers begin, grab your dusters, scrubbing brush and all available sweepers for that one yearly task that all responsible homeowners couldn’t brush-off: spring cleaning.

 

To help ensure this year’s spring cleaning activities is 100% thorough, here is a checklist of to-dos:

 

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1. Sort out the cupboards. Winter hoarding is natural. But what is unnatural is when the things we have hoarded through those dark months aren’t discarded by springtime. Remove jars and tins that are well beyond their use-before dates. The same goes for bathrooms: take out old bottles of lotions and shampoos.

 

After discarding the old labels, wipe and let the cupboards air out to remove trapped smells. Then organise items that are still usable.

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4. Organise closets. It’s time to pack up those very useful winter clothes and store them for next year. While you’re at it, update your wardrobe by setting aside clothes and accessories you haven’t used for the past 12 months.

 

Apply a new organising scheme to give your wardrobe a new look. Or try these creative tips to keep your closet clutter-free for the coming year.

 

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3. Remove stains and polish surfaces. Stainless steel kitchen appliances, wood furnishings, glass and silverware are all bound to have stains and dull surfaces after much use.

 

For greasy kitchen appliances, dip a sponge in diluted white vinegar and wipe thoroughly. Use another sponge dipped in water to rinse, then wipe dry with paper towels. Use regular polishers for wood and glass furnishings. Meanwhile, an old toothbrush is a handy tool for bringing the lustre back in silver.

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4. Organise closets. It’s time to pack up those very useful winter clothes and store them for next year. While you’re at it, update your wardrobe by setting aside clothes and accessories you haven’t used for the past 12 months.

 

Apply a new organising scheme to give your wardrobe a new look. Or try these creative tips to keep your closet clutter-free for the coming year.

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5. Freshen up walls. The walls are often the most neglected part of the home when it comes to cleaning. But they also accumulate dirt over a year, especially around the corners.

 

To clean painted walls, use a clean cloth or sponge dipped in warm water. If there are stains on the walls, add a bit of dishwashing liquid to the mixture. Soap should be applied directly on the wall to get rid of more stubborn stains. Rinse the wall with plain water. So as not to make a mess, use newspapers beneath the work areas.

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6. Cleaning up carpets. The carpet is one of the dirtiest items inside the home. Vacuum the carpet with a sweeper with a fresh filter so that every bit of dirt will be removed. Stains can be tackled with a cloth dipped in a vinegar solution or detergent solution. To rinse, use another cloth dipped in lukewarm water and press on the problematic spot. Repeat until the stain is erased.

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7. Re-organise bookshelves. Bookshelves are often also neglected although they are used very frequently throughout the year. Take out books, dust and wipe corners, the tops of books and other ornaments kept in the shelf.

 

As for the books, discard titles that are of no value to you anymore. Then return the useful books by size or subject. You can add patterns to the shelving like lining up books horizontally or vertically to give it a different look.

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8. Throw out or donate. This is the most important part of spring cleaning, as having a spacious interior automatically brightens the mood of the house. Open all cupboards, dressers and shelves. Check cabinets and closets in the bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and study what are the things you can give away or discard. Do not leave any storage area unturned and take out all items that are past their due dates, have become worn out and are rarely used.

 

You can either donate these items to charity homes and libraries. If still usable, they can be packed and shipped back home for relatives. If you think they can still turn a profit, open a garage sale. No matter how you discard them, these pre-loved items can free up precious space inside the home.

 

Do you have any more spring cleaning tips to share? How do you ensure your spring cleaning is 100% thorough? Share your tips below!

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