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Spring arrived Monday, March 20. Spring is a time for renewal and there is no better time to rid yourself of a winter's worth of dust bunnies, dirt and clutter.
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Spring arrived Monday, March 20. Spring is a time for renewal and there is no better time to rid yourself of a winter's worth of dust bunnies, dirt and clutter.
To make your home sparkle for summer, Brenda Borenstein, cleaning expert and owner of Organized Zone Inc., offers these helpful tips and tricks:

Pre-Cleaning:

Plan Ahead - Create a checklist outlining each room you plan to tackle - it's satisfying to check off each room you complete and helps keep you on track. Have adequate cleaning supplies on-hand and use a cleaning caddy to easily move from room to room.

Dress for Success - Wear loose, comfortable, old clothing and don't forget your rubber gloves. For an added touch, turn up the tunes to put you in the cleaning mood.

Cleaning 101:

Pack and Purge - Eliminate clutter by donating those never used items to charity. Put items away as you go to make dusting and polishing quicker and easier. Less mess = less to clean.

Direct the Dust - Dust falls downward so clean from top to bottom. One-direction cleaning means you won't waste time crisscrossing the room or cleaning the same place twice.

Vacuum, Vacuum, Vacuum - It's essential to vacuum at least once a week. Use a top quality vacuum, such as Panasonic's Power-on-Demand Vacuum, which offers technology designed to automatically detect the power and suction level required for any cleaning job. Choosing a vacuum with a HEPA filter is also important to trap allergens, irritants and pollutants inside the vacuum to prevent them from recirculating into the air.

Bedrooms, Bathrooms and Beyond - Vacuum and wash all floor surfaces, clean mirrors/pictures and counter/dresser surfaces. Don't forget ceiling fans and lamp shades. Defrost your freezer and scrub down your counters, appliances, stove top, microwave and the inside and outside of your refrigerator.

Post-Cleaning:
Daily Cleaning Quickie - Light cleaning each and every day is easier than tackling months of built-up dirt and dust.

The Beauty of Baskets - Place baskets in rooms that accumulate clutter to store odds and ends. Go through each basket once a day and put things back in their proper place.

Scheduled clean-up - Designate specific days of the week to complete various cleaning tasks, so cleaning doesn't become overwhelming.

Recruit Helpers - Cleaning is a much quicker task when the whole family's involved. Even youngsters can make their own beds or wipe off a table and the television.



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