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It’s that time of the year again. The weather gets cooler, the days are shorter and then you look around and think ‘Where did all this clutter come from?’ Fall Cleaning does not have to be a hassle. When taken step by step, a fall cleaning can lead to a healthier and more stress-free atmosphere that will set you up for the holiday season.
Think of taking a top-to-bottom approach when cleaning the home areas such as the living room. Start with replacing the batteries in smoke detectors and wiping off dusty ceiling fans. Clean marks off walls and wipe smudges of windows. Then organize cabinets and remove unnecessary items. Finally, end with waxing the floors or doing a thorough vacuum. Cleaning these areas does not mean going out and buying a bunch of products. A few common kitchen cabinet ingredients can go a long way in helping remove dirt and grime.
The biggest focus of cleaning the kitchen should be the refrigerator, with the oven coming in a close second. A good deep clean of the fridge should mean removing everything, double-checking expiration dates, throwing away food that has gone bad and scrubbing the drawers inside. Take the time to remove any baked on foods in the oven. Since the kitchen is used so often, a spring clean should also include using a disinfectant to wipe down common surfaces. Those surfaces include the buttons on a microwave, handles on the refrigerator and handles to the kitchen sink.
A golden rule for cleaning out the bedroom is if something hasn’t been used in six months, it is time to get rid of it. This goes for old magazines, shoeboxes, broken jewelry and receipts. A good way to separate everything is by creating three piles: trash, keep or donate. There are many different organizations that seek donations such as Dress for Success, which takes business attire, or a local Cinderella Project, which takes formal dresses for girls going to the prom. As for the things that need to be trashed, there are junk removal options that make the process as painless as possible.
Conquer the pile of papers and make organization the top priority when cleaning an office space. Try to create a filing system for all the papers that are necessary and recycle the rest. Keep as few things on the desk as possible, and store everything else that you don’t use on a daily basis. Make sure to clean and disinfect the computer keyboard, computer monitor and dust areas that haven’t been reached in a while. Storage doesn’t mean tossing everything in the same drawer. Forbes magazine advises separating everything into “zones,” so office supplies aren’t sandwiched between research papers.
The most important thing to remember about Fall Cleaning is not everything needs to be done in one day. Taking it a step at a time can lead to a more thorough clean and lead to organization that lasts.