With springtime allergens from local trees, pollen and dust buildup from being boxed in over the winter. Spring cleanup may not be as fun as the lake, or a nice dinner, but there is satisfaction to coming home to a picture perfect home. Divide work over a couple of days if needed.

  • Vacuum air and dryer vents, along with the mattress to remove buildup of dust and other allergens. We recommend a HEPA-compliant vacuum. Every other year is is recommended replacing the duct.
  • Declutter and donate to charity unneeded items that someone else can put to good use.
  • Clean inside of cabinets
  • Dusting (discard the feather duster as it just moves dust around), use a damp microfiber cloth and work from the highest areas and work down. Delicate items can be dusted with a small paintbrush.
  • Get a plastic tray for the main entry. That way dirt and mud stops there.
  • Decrumb toasters
  • Clean the refigerator & freezer
  • Disinfect doorknobs, remotes and light switches
  • Service your air conditioner
  • Spring & fall are good times to change batteries in smoke detectors, then test to make sure they are working properly
  • Clean ceiling fans and lampshades
  • Clear cobwebs in rooms using a broom handle, or vacuum
  • Wipe down baseboards. Using a dryer sheet on clean baseboards can help repel dust.
  • Clean the microwave. Covering food during heating can help reduce splatter.
  • Hose down & disinfect garbage cans
  • Spring is a good time to declutter. Items no longer in use and in good condition can be given to charity. Let useful items have a second life. Recycle other items as appropriate
  • Wash windows; both the glass and window sills.

Want extra help, children can assist with chores. Not only does this teach them life skills, including responsibility and a work ethic, but it helps them respect the hard work it takes to maintain a home. Rewards and incentives at the end show them you appreciate the help.