It’s spring! Time to clear out all the cobwebs from the long winter, start eating more healthily, and get outside to exercise. It’s also a great time to freshen you interiors, clean out the attic, and scrub up places that haven’t seen the light of day in months.
Getting Rid of Old Or Unused Clothes
Start with your closets. Which clothes haven’t you worn in months, or even years? No matter what memories you associate with those clothes or how many times you think you’ll fit in them again if you could just lose a few pounds, at some point you need to let those clothes go. If you don’t want to do it all at once, put them in a garbage bag or box and leave them in a corner of the attic or closet for one year (mark them with the date so you know how long it’s been). If you don’t need anything in those boxes by one year from now, either donate them or toss them without even opening them up.
Eradicating Odors And Stains
Does your couch resemble a patchwork of spots and stains? Does it smell a little of body odor? Try blotting those stains with cold water, first putting a waterproof liner (like a plastic bag) between the fabric and the cushion. Hot water is more likely to make stains set. If an unpleasant smell remains, rinse again with a solution of half water, half vinegar.
Remove Dirt From Painted Walls
You have to be careful when you clean painted walls. To rough a material or harsh a chemical can damage or remove paint unintentionally. Start with water and a clean cloth or sponge. If that doesn’t remove it, add a little dish detergent to the water, keeping the solution mild. House Beautiful said, “If the stain persists, apply a few drops of soap directly onto the wet sponge or cloth you’re using. . . . If you need to resort to a stronger product . . . rinse the wall afterward with plain water.”
Keeping Carpet Clean
Most people know to remove their shoes before walking on carpet, but did you know it’s best to leave your socks on? Bare feet leave natural oils on your carpet which then capture dirt. Try to vacuum every day to keep dirt from setting, and get high-trafficked carpets cleaned 3 to 4 times a year, or whenever the carpet becomes visibly dirty. Lower trafficked areas need cleaned only once every 1 to 2 years.
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