Spring is just around the corner, which means longer days, warmer temperatures and the time for growth and new life. After a harsh winter, spring is a welcomed season of renewal, celebration and revitalization. It is a time to clear that cluttered mess in your home and bring a fresh air into your living space. 

Here are a few tips and ideas to help you get started on cleaning out the winter humdrums: 

1. Work from the top down and inside to outside to avoid getting what you just cleaned dirty again. Make an organized plan to conquer the clutter and dirt in your home. 

2. Pick one room at a time to work on to avoid any unfinished jobs. If the room is big, start with one area, completely clean and declutter it, then move to the next area of the room. There is satisfaction to be found with seeing one room sparkle after a deep cleaning. 

3. Organize your closet. It can be the first step to organizing the rest of your home. Get rid of or donate any clothes and accessories which you no longer wear. Organize the rest of your closet by how you get dressed in the morning and by color. Make your closet look appealing, which can help your everyday routine feel much smoother. 

4. Rotate and flip your mattress. While you're at it, wash bed skirts, have the bedspread dry-cleaned and vacuum the box spring. 

5. Clean out the fridge and freezer. Pull out all of the contents and toss anything past its prime. Wipe down and deodorize shelves and walls with a warm water and baking soda solution (1 tablespoon baking soda to 1 quart of water). 

6. Dust ceiling and wash walls. Clear out the cobwebs in those hard to reach places and clean all the dirt and grime off of walls. 

7. Shampoo carpets and banish stains. Hire a professional to steam clean your carpets if possible or rent a machine to do it yourself. Make sure to check around your home for stains you may have missed throughout the year. 

8. Make the windows sparkle. Dust blinds, scrub down the windows and wash window coverings. 

9. Degrease cooking appliances. Remove any built-up grease from your stove, oven and other cooking appliances. 

10. Check home safety equipment. Change batteries in smoke detectors and check fire extinguishers. 

Try these spring cleaning tips and make your home your refuge. Ask yourself the following questions: When I enter my home, am I happy? Am I soothed? Coming home to a fresh, organized and neat space after a long day at work can bring a sense of calm and peace. That is something we all deserve for ourselves!
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