Spring cleaning tips from Goodlad & Swank Insurance
Spring is a time for new beginnings, so cleaning and organization around the house are popular topics this time of year. If you’re ready to tackle this monumental chore, read on for some helpful information. (If you’re so tidy and organized throughout the year that spring cleaning isn’t a big chore for you, well, I extend my heartfelt congratulations! These tips are for those less inclined to use up valuable weekend hours on housework.)
One room at a time.
Deciding to clean or organize your entire home can quickly get overwhelming. If you focus on just one area or room, then move to another only when you’re finished, you’ll likely work more efficiently.
Follow the six-month rule.
Generally, if you haven’t used something in six months (apart from seasonal items), it’s a good idea to consider throwing it away or donating it. This one is great and really, that Talking Bass from the ’90s in the spare bedroom closet needs to go! I say this from personal experience. It was hard to do but I know I’m better for it.
Don’t forget the kitchen.
Just like other rooms, your kitchen likely has things that haven’t been used in some time — and this includes food in the refrigerator or freezer. Give those appliances a thorough cleaning and get rid of anything expired. If you find canned goods, you’re never going to get around to cooking with then bring them to a shelter or soup kitchen. The Harry Chapin food bank in Ft. Myers is a great organization and so is Lehigh Community Services in Lehigh Acres. Help yourself by helping them help others.
Set yourself up for success.
Easily, paper clutter is something we all could cut back on. Setting up a few attractive containers to place recycling throughout the house gives you a convenient alternative to just setting that old magazine or paperwork down somewhere and watching the pile grow.
Make some money!
Of course, the spring-cleaning garage sale is a tradition for many homeowners and can be a great way to bring in some extra income. Talk about a win-win situation — you get rid of stuff you don’t need, and someone pays you for it!
Above all, when you’re cleaning or maintaining your home, be mindful of the physical risks involved. Lift with your leg muscles, not your back. Avoid prolonged repetitive motions. Use ladders, lawnmowers and other dangerous tools with caution. Also, it doesn’t matter how tempted you are to shortcut things never, ever use a gas blower inside the house. An electric blower, sure that could be helpful, but c’mon, those gas fumes are not good for you. Happy cleaning and enjoy that fresh and organized house.
For questions and assistance, please contact Goodlad & Swank Insurance at 239-674-7630 or [email protected]