Spring…a Positive Sense of Change

It’s that time of year. The one where you start dreaming of sun and start cursing the clouds. Spring always brings a positive sense of change and starting afresh. And whether I like it or not, you can always catch me taking part in spring cleaning in some way, shape or form.

This year, I thought I’d share a few basics I try to do every year around this time.  As always, this list is adopted from the Queen of Clean herself, Martha Stewart. Kudos to Martha for her ability to always have a clean home (and probably a horde of servants). Alas, we normal people must tackle our lists on our own. If you try to do 1-2 of these a week, you get your home refocused in just a couple of months.

The List

  • Clean windows: both inside and out so that you can see the sun when it appears!
  • Dust your light bulbs: this could save your house from a fire.
  • Wash your blinds or have them professionally cleaned: this helps with allergies.
  • Change the direction of your fan: I turn my fans back to counterclockwise at the beginning of April.
  • Change surface protectors on the undersides of furniture legs: this will save your floors and help allergies.
  • Clean out your refrigerator: I mean really clean it. Take everything out and wash that sucker down.
  • Deep clean carpets and rugs or have them professionally cleaned: this is another great allergy help, and you’ll be amazed at the visual difference, especially if you have kids.
  • Vacuum or dry-clean curtains: this keeps dust down and also increases the life of your curtains.
  • Replace batteries in smoke detectors: do this every six months. As Martha suggests, I change them when we spring forward or fall back for Daylight Savings.

Once you’ve completed all these tasks, give yourself a pat on the back and take a much deserved break. Why not go see a film at the Canadian International Film Festival, coming to Vancouver April 5-6?