Simple Seasonal Cleaning Tasks

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Home design expert Sherry Tyra demonstrates the seasonal cleaning tasks you should perform at least twice a year.

    Sherry Tyra: Cleaning your home can be an overwhelming task. There's so much to be done where do you start? I'm going to give you some tips on how to make your biannual house cleaning go a little easier.

    Start with a plan, make a list of the tasks that you want to accomplish and spread your chores out over the course of a few weeks. Try to do a little each day, focus on either one room at a time or one task at a time so the job becomes less overwhelming.

    Here are some important biannual tasks that should be on your list. Clean out the traps and your drains. By doing this, you'll eliminate all the gunk and hair preventive measure clogs and plumbing problems down the road. Rotate flip and vacuum your mattress. This will help your mattress wear more evenly and retain its shape over the years.

    Replace the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Test them to be sure they are in good working order. It can literally mean the difference between life and death for your family.

    Clean under and behind your refrigerator. Vacuuming away the dust will keep your fridge working at peak efficiency. Replace your furnace filters. In spring fresh filters will help trap pollen and allergens, in winter clean filters will keep the air in your closed home clean and fresh.

    Service your vacuum cleaner, check belts; replace the bag and cutaway old threads that are trapped around the rotary brush.

    By making yourself a written list and tackling one task each day, in no time at all you'll find you've completed your plan. Then reward yourself, you deserve it.