7 simple fresh ideas for spring cleaning
By Heidi Hunt, 509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs
/ Published April 06, 2010
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. --
Spring is the traditional season to welcome fresh ideas into the home while preparing for warmer days.
This time of year, many people begin to take stock of their home and office contents and are eager to "spring clean," but are often unsure of how to get started.
To help bounce into spring and tackle those chores, www.iVillage.com offers the following eight tips to get organized:
1. Start on one section/room at a time
· Don't get overwhelmed by starting to organize more than one thing at a time. Start small and work toward to the next 'pile'.
2. Invest in a device to organize important documents
· Papers lying around the house should be organized in a central location. There are many options available to organize documents such as: portable file folders, file cabinets and even fire-and-water-proof file safes to prevent damage caused by natural disasters.
3. Gather unused items and set aside for a yard sale
· Make some extra cash on unused items. Whiteman will hold its annual base-wide yard sale, May 1, 2010, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
4. Make a list of cleaning supplies
· Try eco-friendly products. The natural scents and toxic-free cleaners can be used to
scrub everything from the counters, showers and vehicles.
5. Make a checklist and get everyone involved
· Get the entire household involved and divide chores so that no one will have to carry the entire load. More participants involved will get chores finished in a timely manner. Parents should get their children engaged and teach them good cleaning habits.
6. Make cleaning a fun experience with music
· Create a music playlist with everyone's favorite tunes to enjoy while doing chores. Music may help keep the body moving and free the mind from tedious boredom.
7. Discard/replace expired products
Certain products have expiration dates and should be discarded as indicated on the packaging product. Oftentimes, expired products can actually cause harm. It's also a good time to check common household products which could be out-of-date, such as:
· Medications and supplements
· Air filters
· Beauty products
· Batteries in your fire alarm
In addition to spring cleaning tips, Department of Defense employees wishing to turn in unwanted government property to defense reutilization and marketing offices should send an e-mail to the customer's service box email@example.com or call (660) 687-4044/4074 for more information.
Spring Cleaning Checklist
Cut out the following list as a general guideline. Schedule several full days to attend to more involved projects, such as washing windows, shampooing carpets, or cleaning out closets.
Vacuum refrigerator grill and coil
Wipe the inside of the freezer
Rotate heavy curtains, rugs, and throw for lightweight ones
Replace cool-weather bedding with warm-weather bedding
Launder or dry-clean blankets
Discard expired cosmetics, beauty products, and medications
Clean out files
Review and update insurance policies, contacts, and household inventories
Reorganize closets, giving away unwanted items
Replace cool-weather clothing with warm-weather clothing
Remove lint from the hose attached to the back of the clothes dryer
Clean the attic and basement, giving away or discarding unwanted items
Vacuum and mop attic and basement floors
Scrub porch ceilings and walls
Scrub porch floors, decks, patios, the driveway, and walkways
Scrub outdoor furniture, umbrellas, and awnings
Wash light-fixtures covers
Throughout the house
Vacuum and wipe walls and ceilings
Shampoo wall-to-wall carpets and area rugs with backings
Send area rugs without backings out for professional cleaning
Reseal stone surfaces
Launder machine-washable windows treatment
Dry-clean non-machine window treatments
Take books off shelves, dust shelves and books
Polish metal door and windows hardware
Oil window and door hinges
Wax wood furniture
Wax wood, stone, concrete, brick, and unglazed tile floors
Strip and re-wax vinyl and linoleum floors
Wash windows and window screens
Remove, wash, and store storm windows
Replace air filter, be sure to write the days date on the filter