Interiors: Spring cleaning


Some say love is in the air. I say spring is in the air — or at least in our wishful thinking. So it’s time for a good spring cleaning, right?

OPEN THE WINDOWS

Bissell says that before cleaning, you should open windows to let fresh air into your home. Since you may be using cleaning agents, the open windows will reduce the smell of those agents, too.

MAKE A LIST

I am a compulsive list maker. If it’s on the list, I will get it done: 1) because if it is not on the list I’ll forget, and 2) because I love to cross things off when they’re done. It feels good. So try it, make a plan and create a cleaning list with your goals for each room on the list. Besides getting the rooms clean, you will love crossing accomplished tasks off that list.

COLLECT DONATIONS

It’s time to donate things you really don’t need — or haven’t used in such a long time that you know you really don’t need them. Your trash can be someone else’s treasure. Also, don’t be afraid to toss things out that aren’t exactly good enough to pass on to someone else. “De-clutter” should be on the list for each room.

A DISTRACTION

Bissell has another interesting and fun idea. Create a playlist of upbeat music or, if you’re a reader, get an audiobook to keep you happy when you clean.

SOME APPLIANCE TLC

Major appliances need cleaning too, so wash them inside and out. This is also the time to replace any filters that need changing.

USE THOSE EXTRA TOOLS

You know all those vacuum extension tools that go unused most of the year? Use them now to get into all the nooks, crannies and hard-to-reach places.

So there you have it, now get to it.

Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, an interior designer in Naples, Fla., is author of “Mystery of Color.” For design inquiries, write to Rosemary at DsgnQuest@aol.com .

 

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