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April 18, 2011 - Updated: April 18, 2011

Organizing 101: Spring cleaning



'Tis the season to give your home the clean sweep and get on top of your home organizing.

Spring cleaning shouldn't take all spring. To save time this season, get organized and follow these step-by-step, top-to-bottom plans for cleaning the bedroom.

1 Space to work
Move furniture to centre of room. Quickly vacuum or sweep. Temporarily relocate loose objects from dresser tops, night tables and any other surfaces to another room.


2 Ceiling, lights
Clean ceiling with soft broom or extendable duster; wipe ceiling light fixtures -- turned off and cooled down -- with damp rag.

3 Walls
Repair cracks and touch up paint. If ambitious, sponge walls with mild cleaner like Murphy Oil Soap. At very least, use all-purpose cleaner or a little soap, water and elbow grease around light switches and doorknobs to erase visible fingerprints and marks.

4 Windows
Nothing says spring like sparkling-clean windows. For inside and out, use squeegee and sponge, rags for drips and ladder for second storeys and tall windows.

5 Bed
Vacuum or steam-clean mattress, then open windows to let everything air out. Flip mattress before making bed with fresh linens. Add underbed storage. 6 Closet
Switch summer/winter wardrobes and purge unwanted clothes. Instead of doing major closet reorganization, add quick fixes like shelf dividers, extra closet rod, shoe and sweater organizers, pretty baskets and quality hangers.

7 Drawers
Empty and damp-wipe. Consider lining with scented paper like Crabtree & Evelyn's Lavender Drawer Liners. Organize socks and underwear with drawer organizers.


8 Wood furniture
Dust, then damp-wipe with gentle cleaner like Murphy Oil Soap. Apply polish if desired; use soft cloth and rub in direction of wood grain.

9 Jewellery
Check out jewellery organizers. Neatrix system has different-shape trays that stack and fit in dresser drawers. For everyday pieces, 80-pocket hanging organizer from Renaissance works well -- everything is visible and stored separately to avoid tangles.

10 Floor
Steam-clean carpets if possible, or vacuum vigorously.

11 Tabletops
As you reintroduce tabletop objects, dust or damp-wipe thoroughly (don't forget lampshades). Try creating new vignettes for finishing touch to newly refreshed room


Happy Cleaning!


Toni and George




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