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by Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance

A Fresh Start for Spring

spring cleaning

The warm, sunny days of spring are the perfect opportunity to freshen up your home after the cold months of winter. The longer days make for a great time to do some spring cleaning and organizing.

In addition to your usual routine, spend some extra time to deep clean each room in your home with these spring cleaning tips:

In every room:

  • Wash baseboards, windows, window sills, doors and walls
  • Wash window treatments and dust blinds
  • Shampoo carpets or mop floors
  • Dust and/or vacuum light fixtures and vent covers
  • Change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors 

In the kitchen:

  • Clean out and wipe down pantry and cabinets
  • Deep clean oven, fridge and freezer

In the living room:

  • Vacuum or clean upholstery
  • Wash pillows and throws

In the bedroom:

  • Flip or rotate mattress
  • Wash comforter, mattress pad and pillows

In the bathroom:

  • Wash bathmats and shower curtain
  • Replace curtain liner

If you find any unused items, donate them to a local community organization or hold a garage sale to sell them. Once your home is clean, well-organized and pared down, it’s the perfect time to take a home inventory in case you ever need to file a homeowner’s insurance claim. Make a detailed list of all your belongings including serial number, purchase date and estimated value and store it in a safe, on a cloud service device or in a safety deposit box.