Spring is here, which many people think is the time of year to clean their homes from top to bottom. Spring cleaning is not just about clearing out the cobwebs but also about getting organized for the months ahead. Here is a guide of six tasks to tackle for your spring cleaning efforts.

Clean Your Gutters During Spring Cleaning

Gutters are one of the most neglected areas when it comes to home maintenance. Clogged gutters can cause a wide range of problems, from water backup in your basement to damaging your exterior walls and foundation. To avoid this problem, clear out all the leaves and debris that have built up in your gutters over the winter months.

Wash Your Windows Inside and Out

Washing your windows is a great way to brighten up your home by letting more sunlight in. Start by cleaning the frames with a sponge or cloth and warm water mixed with an all-purpose cleaner. Use a window squeegee to scrub away any dirt or debris from the glass surface. Wipe the frames once again with a clean cloth.

Organize Your Pantry and Refrigerator While Spring Cleaning

Over time, spills and crumbs build up in your food storage areas like the fridge and pantry. Empty out the pantry and refrigerator and throw away expired items, Wipe down the surfaces and scrub away caked-on spills. While you’re at it, reorganize your shelves and drawers so that everything is easy to find.

Clean Your Carpets and Upholstery

Vacuuming your carpets regularly is always a good idea, but every once in a while, you need to do a deep clean. If you have pets or allergies, it’s especially important to make sure your carpets are free of any dirt and dust. Rent a carpet cleaning machine or have it professionally done. For upholstery, use a fabric cleaner specifically designed for the material you have in order to avoid damage.

Have Your HVAC System Checked and Cleaned

Your home’s HVAC system keeps your living space comfortable all year long. Have a professional come in and check the system for any safety issues or potential problems. If necessary, they can also clean out the vents and ducts to ensure your air quality stays as fresh as possible.

Clean Out Your Closets During Spring Cleaning

Spring is the perfect time to go through your closets and get rid of any clothes or items that you no longer need. Launder any items that have been tucked away for a while, too. Finally, organize your closet in a way that makes sense to you—whether it’s by color, season, or type of clothing.

With these spring cleaning tasks in mind, you can get your home feeling like new again. Take a look around at other areas that could use some sprucing up—you may be surprised how much better it looks and feels once everything is clean and organized.

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