With spring right around the corner, there’s no time like the present to start organizing your annual spring cleaning tasks. What better way to greet the season than with a neat and tidy abode. By organizing chores in advance, you can avoid the stress and pressure of getting your home in order before the beginning of spring. Advanced planning is key to seniors getting things done without wearing themselves out. The following spring cleaning checklist offers some cleaning ideas to help you get started.
Clean your refrigerator inside and out. A mixture of baking soda, water, and salt make a handy refrigerator cleaner, leaving it looking and smelling fresh and clean. Wipe down counters and cabinets and deep clean sink and faucet. To get rid of lime deposits on your faucet, line the area with paper towels soaked in vinegar and leave it for about an hour. This softens the deposits for easy removal.
Windows and Screens
Wash your windows inside and out. If your windows are extremely dirty, a rag with soapy water will clean them better than glass spray. You can then dry them with a squeegee or lint-free rag. To clean screens, try using a carpet scrap to remove dirt, dust and grime.
Refresh living room drapes by running them through the “air-fluff” cycle of your dryer together with a wet towel to get rid of dust. After 15 minutes, remove them from the dryer and hang them back up. Your drapes will look (and smell) fresh and clean.
Clean ceiling fan blades with furniture polish to remove dust and give them an attractive finish.
Before storing winter comforters and blankets, air them out in the sun. Pillows can also be aired out to get rid of that musty, indoor smell after being used all winter.
Get rid of old magazines, worn clothing, broken electronics, outdated household goods or other items you no longer use or need in the home. Decluttering can keep your home neat and organized. It also reduces the risk of accidents by getting rid of junk that clutters stairs, closets or hallways.
Organize important documents so they’re easily accessible when needed. This includes legal, health and financial documents that may be required instantly in the event of an emergency. If you have to leave your home suddenly due to a natural disaster, you’ll know exactly where to find important documents so they’re not lost or left behind.
Evaluate Living Conditions
As you grow older, it’s only natural for you to evaluate your living conditions to see if they’re still the best option for you. Look at such aspects as safety, comfort, functionality and convenience to determine if your current home still meets your needs.
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