We’re right there with you on the never-ending quest for personal organization and a tidy home. The changing of the clock in spring always serves as a reminder for Gwen & Lindsey to tackle some bigger, seasonal items on their to-do lists. These are the tasks that don’t need regular attention but also need not be forgotten. Follow these steps to ensure your home is running smoothly throughout the year.
1. STEAM AND FLIP MATTRESS
A good night’s sleep is one of the most important tools in your wellness arsenal. Steaming your mattress regularly can reduce allergens, meaning you can breathe easier. Follow our how-to here. Also, remember to flip your mattress so it wears evenly and doesn’t develop dips.
2. WASH WINDOWS
This is a good time of year to give your windows a thorough exterior cleaning. Power washing works well for most but if you’re a city dweller living in an apartment or condo, be sure to give the interior glass and sills a good deep clean. Read more about cleaning windows minus streaks here.
3. WASH CURTAINS AND CLEAN WINDOW TREATMENTS
Window treatments can host dust and dirt over time. It’s important to launder curtains and clean blinds regularly. This is a good time of year to clean these areas. Find our guide to cleaning nearly any window treatment here.
4. CLEAN REFRIDGERATOR AND FREEZER
Aside from your ongoing efforts to rid your refrigerator of long-forgotten leftovers, it’s also important to give it a deep clean and deodorizing treatment. Put your rubber gloves on and dive in with this how-to.
5. DUST AND CLEAN KEYBOARD AND COMPUTER SCREENS
Computer screens get smudgy and keyboards can harbor dirt, grime and if you’re guilty of eating at your desk…crumbs! Give your computer space a good wipe down with our Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth. Heavier screen smudges may need a wipe with an eye glass cloth. The small spaces in between keys on your keyboard can be best cleaned using our Duster for Small Spaces.
6. CHECK AND CHANGE WATER FILTERS
Regularly changing your water filters is an easy task to forget, but the most crucial for keeping drinking water free of contaminants. Change filters under your sink and in your refrigerator regularly. Most change their filter every 3-6 months but frequency depends on climate, usage levels and location. If you’re uncertain, tests are available to determine water freshness and how long your filters tend to last.
7. CHANGE BATTERIES
Gwen’s Mom always reminds her to change batteries in alarm clocks, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors this time of year. No one wants to get woken up in the middle of the night by a chirping, battery-hungry alarm.
8. GIVE SHOES ATTENTION
Take your shoes to a local cobbler to be resoled and polished so they’re ready to go next season. Lindsey likes to use The Cobbler Concierge, an online service that will breathe new life into shoes and handbags.
9. PURGE CLOTHING AND LINENS
Everything has a lifespan – from clothing to linens and towels. When switching your wardrobe for the warmer weather, it’s important to purge the pieces you don’t wear and donate them. Even though The Laundress keeps our towels and bedding clean and bright, there comes a time when linens need to be refreshed entirely. The SPCA and other charities accept these types of donations!
10. WASH AND POLISH DISPLAY CHINA
The china and dinnerware you keep on display can be easily forgotten when it comes to regular cleaning. Give these items a good wash to remove dust, then finish with a polish as needed.
11. WIPE FORGOTTEN FURNITURE TOPS AND NOOKS
Tops of buffets and cabinets, as well as wood trims and details, can be easily forgotten or ignored during regular cleaning sessions. Over time, these areas can accumulate dust that can spread to other areas of your home. Use our Duster for Smaller Spaces for narrow cracks and tight spaces and the Goat Hair Duster Wand, with its fine, dense hair for picking up dust particles in larger areas.
12. CHANGE BLANKETS
Wash heavier winter blankets and store properly until next season. Lindsey likes to store hers in the Large Storage Bag. Next, swap in your lighter weight throw blankets for spring and summer use.