10 Ways to Jump Start Your Spring Cleaning

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Spring is just around the corner, and what better way to welcome in the new season than with a little bit of spring cleaning? If you're overwhelmed by the thought and unsure of where to start, worry not. The secret to a clean and tidy home is breaking your workload down into small steps and taking it one room at a time. When you're ready to dive in and get to work, start with these simple, yet essential cleaning tasks to get your home into tip-top shape.

Clean Out Your Pantry

No matter how strategic your weekly meal plan is, chances are there are items in your pantry that are either expired or just on the brink of it. Take inventory of your pantry, tossing expired goods and making a mental note to use up items that are on their way out.

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Flip Your Mattress

Mattress and sleep experts recommend flipping your mattress every so often to prolong its lifespan and ensure you continue to get restful sleep. Pro tip: make sure you vacuum your mattress regularly to keep it free of dust, dirt, and mites.

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Shampoo Your Rugs

Rugs are much dirtier than meets the eye. Rent a carpet cleaning machine or hire professionals to give them a deep clean. You'll be amazed at how much better they look after they dry!

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Replace Batteries in Your Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Make sure to prioritize safety by changing out the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. You'll be glad you did in the event of an emergency.

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Wash or Replace Shower Curtains and Liners

Shower curtains and liners can get pretty gross, and can even become a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Wash your shower curtain and change out the liner to instantly improve your bathroom.

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Toss Expired Toiletries

Believe it or not, beauty products and toiletries expire. If you've had items stored in the back of your bathroom cabinets for a while, it may be time to toss them. Check the expiration dates, and any item that's past its prime should go right into the trash.

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Replenish Your First Aid Kit

First aid kits keep you prepared for small accidents and injuries, so it's important to make sure your kit is fully stocked. The chore of replacing what's missing is better than being fresh out when you get an injury.

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Wash Your Baseboards & Windowsills

It's easier to forget your baseboards and other surfaces other than your floors. Part of your spring cleaning process should include vacuuming, and then washing your baseboards to remove built-up dirt and dust. You might as well wipe off the windowsills while you're at it!

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Deep Clean Your Oven

If you tend to cook at home instead of eating out, your oven is likely in need of a deep clean. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to ensure you clean it properly without causing damage to the unit.

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Clean Throw Pillows & Blankets

Throw blankets and pillows kept in common spaces get a lot of use, which means it is probably time to toss them in the washing machine. Hang dry or toss in the dryer and they'll feel good as new.

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