In last week’s blog, we focused on home repairs you should consider this spring. This week is all about spring-cleaning!
Winter seems to be holding on and chilly weather is still hanging around through the end of the month. March came in like a lion, and is going out like a lion. And even though spring didn’t come quite like we expected, the warmer days are just around the corner. With that in mind, and annual spring-cleaning on the horizon, we have compiled a checklist of five of the most effective spring chores for your home.
Dust, Dust, Dust
…And dust some more. While you and your family stayed warm and cozy indoors all winter, your home began to collect all of the things you are tracking in from outside. These fine particles build-up over time and collect on your ceiling, fans, walls, and baseboards. Some of us are even allergic to these build ups, so it is best to get rid of them.
Grab an old rag—or convert a worn out T-shirt into a rag—and get to it. And be sure to vacuum or sweep up the dust once you have removed it from surfaces.
Clean Out Your Air Filters
You should be cleaning out your HVAC filters on a regular basis anyway, but we understand that sometimes people just forget. While you are focusing on other areas of cleanliness in your home, take the opportunity to replace these filters so you can tackle it all in one clean sweep.
Not only will replacing your filters help cut down on air pollution in your home from dust, pet dander, and other allergens, but they will also help save on your heating and cooling costs. If your air filters are constantly clogged, it isn’t as easy for air to cycle through your home. Replacing these filters on a three-month schedule will ensure that your home stays fresh and clean all year long.
Replace Those Batteries
A good rule of thumb is to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors every six months. So mark your calendar and take advantage of your spring-cleaning routine to check your detectors while you’re going through your home. If you complete your six-month checkup in late March/early April, make sure to do the same around mid-end September.
During these checks, it is wise to replace those batteries—even if the detectors are working fine. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
Donate Unused/Unwanted Items
Unless it is your lifelong dream to end up on an episode of Hoarders, we all know that we have too much stuff. Weeks, months, and years go by without us ever using some of the things we own. And while it is good to hold on to certain items for sentimental value, some things aren’t worth keeping.
Now is a good time to go through your closets, dresser-drawers, storage sheds, attic, basement—or anywhere else you hide things—and do some self-reflection. If you find an item that you haven’t seen in six months or more, it is a good indication that it’s time to part ways. And no need to throw everything away, take any unused or unwanted—but still working—items to a local Goodwill or Salvation Army. In some cases, you can even sell lightly worn clothes to consignment stores and get a few bucks back for your items!
There is no need to continue filling up our landfills with unwanted things. Give them away and allow someone else the opportunity to give your items new use.
Scrub, Scrub, Scrub
Who says your spring-cleaning has to be done in one-day? Surely the mess wasn’t made in such a short time!
Begin your cleaning routine on a Friday evening by ordering in and commit to finishing your living room. On Saturday, dedicate the day to cleaning and straightening your bathrooms and kitchen, basement, etc. By Sunday, you can tackle the most daunting area—the bedrooms. When Monday rolls around, and it is time to head back to work, you’ll have a home that feels like new.
And you’ll be able to roll into the workweek feeling accomplished!
Are there any other spring-cleaning musts on your to-do list? You may want to also consider adding a review of your homeowners policy to that list! Give us a call at our Martinsburg office at 304-263-3361, or the Inwood office at 304-229-7227 to speak with one of our agents today. Click here to get a rate quote and to learn more about the options available to you at Smallwood & Small!
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