Spring cleaning - the seasonal chore that is actually welcomed
Organize as you go. Try sorting items into three bins. One is for stuff to keep, the other is for stuff to donate and the third is for stuff that needs to get tossed out. Be honest!
Now’s the time to get rid of all those scuffs and spots on cupboards, stove hoods, baseboards, cutlery trays and other spaces and items that you don’t normally focus on. Try a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, which now are cleverly packaged in different sizes for various jobs. The better the sponge fits your hand, the easier and more efficiently you can work. (C'mon now, it's only once a year and won't take much time. Plus, it's good exercise.)
Hang bed linens, cushions covers and other textiles on a line in the sunshine to freshen them. Take a brisk walk while they air or dry. Before storing, spritz them with a fabric refresher, like Febreze. If the weather won’t co-operate, try adding Gain Fireworks Original Scent Booster. These are small scent beads that you add to the wash - add a dash for a hint of freshness or a handful if you love a fuller fragrance.
When the sun does begin to shine on, hang out stained or yellowed linens on the line - the sunlight acts as a natural bleach. You can also often extend the wear time of linen clothing by hanging it over-night somewhere open, and spritzing it with water linen or refresher. Try it - unless you like washing and ironing, of course.
Next week: How vegetables have changed my life. And why it's a good idea to dust your lightbulbs this time of year.