1. Towel Over the Broom:
Coming in at a lofty 6’6”, my husband is a pretty tall guy. He definitely has height on his side when it comes to cleaning the hard-to-reach areas of the house, especially the crown moulding. Luckily, when he isn’t around to help my 5’7”-self out, I have a trick up my sleeve.
All you have to do is take a broom, drape a cleaning cloth on the end of the broom and wrap large rubber band around the cleaning cloth to hold it in place. Before I start wiping down the moulding, I like to spray some Method All Purpose Cleaner on the cloth. That way, it gets dusted and cleaned all at once.
2. Dusting Stuff:
Dusting fabric lamp shades can be tricky, even when using the amazing Swiffer dusters. Dust particles get stuck to the fibers of the fabric and are really hard to remove.
An easy solution to this problem is to use a lint roller. The adhesive on the lint roller grabs onto the dust particles and lifts them out of the fabric weave. This tip also works really great for bedspreads! If you think about it, they collect dust just like your bedside tables and dresser, so it’s a good idea to dust roll them once in a while. For larger areas, like bedspreads, I love using the Unger Pro Lint Roller. It’s 8-inch-wide, has a big handle (similar to a paint roller) and covers a lot more surface area at once.
3. Switch Out the Air Filters
It’s very important to switch out your air filter every month to keep your heat and air conditioning running at top performance. Changing the air filters every month significantly cuts down on dust and allergens throughout the house, as well.
One great way to remind yourself when to change your filter is to write the date you changed the filter on the frame of the filter itself with a permanent marker.
If the marker trick doesn’t work for you, try changing your filter on the day you pay your rent/mortgage every month. Eventually, it’ll become a habit and save you some extra pennies on energy costs. No matter how you decide to remind yourself to change the filter, a great way to save time and money is to buy several air filters at a time (we normally buy up to six at a time and store them in the back of our coat closet). That way, you won’t be able to use forgetting to get one at the store as an excuse.
4. Change All the Batteries Inside of the Smoke Detectors
5. Start kitchen herbs inside and transplant later in May:
Basil, chives, dill, parsley, and fennel can be started from seeds. Oregano, rosemary, sage, savory, and tarragon do better if you start them from small plants or cuttings.
Both indoors & out, it’s important to get rid of all unnecessary items.