Monday, April 4, 2011

Spring Cleaning

Even my insurance broker is getting on the organizing bandwagon. Here is their checklist for Spring cleaning which I thought you would find useful.

Brought to you by The Martin Financial Group:

Dust refrigerator coils
Microwave cleaned inside & out
Drawers/cupboards cleaned inside & out
Clean oven, grease traps, and stove vents/filters
Refrigerator cleaned inside & out
Fixtures cleaned and polished

Rotate mattress and change blankets
Clean pillows

Discard expired cosmetics and beauty products
Update first-aid kit and discard expired medications

Organize files
Review insurance policies, contracts, and household inventories.
Clean computers and other equipment
Screen, fan and vent, mouse, keyboard

Replace cool-weather clothing with warm-weather clothing
Wash or dry-clean garments before storing.
Donate apparel you no longer use
Clean out the garage - Create efficient storage for sporting goods, camping equipment, recreational vehicles, and garden tools

Clean porch ceilings and walls
Scrub decks, patios, driveways, and walkways
Treat mildew spots with a solution of 1 part oxygen bleach to 3 parts water using a deck brush.
Wash outdoor furniture
Inspect light fixtures
Wash covers, and check for damaged wires and connections
Tour house exterior and yard. Make a list of any needed seasonal maintenance.
Clear away any remaining dead foliage and weeds from beds and lawn. New growth will be protected from damage or disease.

Wipe walls and ceilings
Vacuum and shampoo rugs
Some rugs may require professional cleaning
Clean upholstered furnishings
Dust thoroughly
Especially tops of ceiling fans and window casings; when dusting, work from the top down
Ensure fire safety – change smoke detector batteries, dust detector units, and review fire escape plans
Dust books and shelves
Polish metal door and window hardware
Wash windows and screens
Arrange for a spring inspection of cooling systems and replace any filters
Move furniture and vacuum beneath it

All Rights Reserved. Rosemary Flannery. 2011

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