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Spring Clear Out And Clean Up
By Karen Sencich | Published  05/14/2007 | Home & Family | Rating:
Karen Sencich
Clients call Professional Organizer Karen Sencich “The Universal Remote” to life. The owner of Havoc to Harmony helps others click through life transitions. Dealing with a new job, a new home, a birth or death can be very stressful. As an award winning, hands on organizing expert, Karen offers organizing sessions through Sheridan College. Her work has been featured in Chatelaine, Today’s Parent, The Toronto Star, on Canada AM and Roger’s Daytime. She is the author of the new “Tackle it Now” programs. Visit her at

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Brampton - Spring! Time to liberate ourselves from the accumulated clutter and dust. Deep cleaning will reduce household allergens and banish harmful bacteria.Make spring cleaning part of your annual master plan and be sure to enlist your family's help.

Move the furniture to deep clean. Dust and wash windowsills, blinds, wood trim and baseboards. Dust and clean using hot water with vinegar or baking soda to avoid harsh chemicals.Hire professionals to wash windows, service the furnace, clean ducts, carpet, upholstery, or window coverings.

Clear out as you clean up. Label large boxes: recycle/throw away, give away and put away. Designate discarded items as donations for charity or price and box for a garage sale. Promptly donate leftovers so you don't have to warehouse them! Fill your vehicle for the annual trip to the dump.

Resist emotional attachments. Will you use it? Does it work? Does it match your décor? Do you love it? If not, lose it! Take a photo to remember sentimental items. For variety, rotate collectibles on display, you'll have less to dust!

In the bedrooms, realistically evaluate your wardrobe. Keep what fits, discard what doesn't. Toss excess wire hangers.Determine what to repair or replace. Flip mattresses and change bed linens. Bounce stuffed animals in the dryer to kill dust mites. Wash plastic toys in hot, soapy water.

In the kitchen, wash appliances, cupboards and greasy exhaust fans. Defrost the fridge and freezer and clean the oven.List pantry necessities to simplify meal planning and shopping. Keep only essential items on the counter. Evaluate the space every gadget occupies. Stretch storage using wire shelves and under sink organizers.

In the bathroom, weed out the medicine chest. Take expired medication to the pharmacy for proper disposal. Replenish the portable first aid kit. Polish mirrors and chrome using water and a microfibre cloth. Sanitize the toilet, wastebasket and all surfaces that harbour germs.

Safely dispose of old cleaning supplies and solvents. Clear out the dryer vent and inspect washer hoses to prevent flooding. Check the effectiveness of carbon monoxide, smoke detectors and fire extinguisher. Is there a clear path to the furnace?

Attack piles of paper. Discard junk mail and keep coupons in an envelope in your car. Store photos and memorabilia in photo boxes. Set up a filing system to capture tax related receipts and donations. Consider a central location to store resource books for easy reference.

So what are you waiting for? Throw open your windows and let the fresh air in – your spirits will soar!

© 2005. Karen Sencich is a speaker, writer and hands-on Professional Organizer.

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