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Living Space: 30 top-to-bottom spring cleaning tips

April 7, 2011 at midnight
Updated April 6, 2011 at 11:07 p.m.

A refreshed house for spring starts with a deep clean. Top-to-bottom cleaning will cover the whole house, but doesn't stop at the front door.

By Kathrun Weber

Few things are as satisfying - or make you and your home ready for spring - as a good, deep clean. Spring cleaning is merely cleaning, but deeper and more thorough and includes areas that don't need regular cleaning. These tips cover your entire home and then some.

1. Binge and purge: Spring cleaning begins by purging unwanted, broken, chipped, stained, unused items. Binge on new cleaning items, organizers and cleaners.

2. Floors: Remove all rugs and clean floors and baseboards. Hire cleaner to steam carpets and dirty grout.

3. Top notes: Dust tops of doors, pictures, doorframes and brush ceiling corners for cobwebs. Hire a service to clean stained shingles on the roof.

4. Vacuum windows: Using an attachment, vacuum blinds, window sills, window sash and curtains.

5. Hit the fridge: Clean out fridge, wipe down thoroughly, install organizers to corral small and like items.

6. Add pressure: Contact service to pressure wash house, stained sidewalks, porches and driveway.

7. Attend to maintenance: Repair torn screens, weather stripping and anything broken.

8. Hard to reach places: Use a bendable microfiber dusting wand to clean walls, the top of the fridge, under chests and behind entertainment centers.

9. Get a touch up: Clean marks on walls, and paint over marks that can't be cleaned. Marked walls make a clean house look dirty.

10. Detail, detail: Hire a mobile automotive detail service to spring clean your car.

11. Conquer itty bitties: Collect and sort small items that accumulate in places like the kitchen window, kitchen desk or on bathroom counters. Organize or throw away.

12. Clean the dirty stuff: Wash vacuum filters, air conditioning vents, trash cans.

13. Recycle grocery bags, dry cleaning plastic and wire hangers. Take oil, paint and pesticides to local recycling center.

14. Make a home recycling center with a sorting system.

15. Organize under the kitchen sink to make it neat and efficient.

16. Clean drawers and cabinets. Wipe out all drawers and cabinets and line with machine washable liner, such as Duck Brand liner.

17. Thoroughly clean the bed: Vacuum and flip mattress. Vacuum and dust behind headboard, under bed and take comforters to dry cleaners. Set bed pillows in sun on warm, sunny day to freshen.

18. Clean out coat closet, donate unwanted coats, store in space-saving bags.

19. Wash windows with a squeegee, bucket of water and microfiber cloths. Wipe out sills. Brush screens with soft brush.

20. Make a cleaner laundry by cleaning under and behind washer and dryer.

21. Clear out cosmetics drawer. Wipe down, pitch old makeup and re-line drawer.

22. Organize, refill and clean out medicine cabinet.

23. Brighten up: Clean interior and exterior light fixtures, ceiling fans and vacuum lamp shades.

24. Order your affairs: Delete old computer files and create and label files. Clean the home office, including the computer keyboard and drawer.

25. Dust electronics thoroughly: Remove TV and equipment from entertainment center and dust thoroughly.

26. Moisturize wood furniture with a deep, penetrating wood creme or lemon oil.

27. Clean bathrooms thoroughly including shower curtains. Add cleaning products to each bathroom.

28. Organize closets by color, sort by season and install organizers.

29. Repaint to freshen. A new color or coat of paint can invigorate your home.

30. Tackle the garage, clean and install space-saving shelving.

Kathryn Weber is a home and decorating columnist and publishes the Red Lotus Letter feng shui E-zine. For more information, contact Weber through her website, www.redlotusletter.com.

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