Your room-to-room guide for spring cleaning Aaaah, sweet signs of spring. The spring season is upon us, which means pollen is in the air and allergies are in full swing. Now is the perfect time for your allergies (and home) to start your annual spring cleaning extravaganza. Yes, the thought of cleaning your house may seem very overwhelming. As long as you have a game plan from the start, you'll not only save your sanity, but your pennies too.How to get startedYour Checklist - The best way to start spring cleaning is with a checklist. Your list should be organized room by room, making sure you focus on one room or area of your home at time.The Supplies - Before you get started, it's best to make sure you have your supplies on hand. Buy your supplies in bulk or at a local discount store. This will keep you from making that last minute stop on your way home to pick up the multi-surface cleaner for a higher price at the grocery store.Your Mindset - The best way to quickly and strategically spring clean is to make sure you are in the correct mindset. You're not only cleaning your house to remove the dirt and grit, but cleaning your house of clutter. If you're organized at home, you'll be more likely to be organized at work and in your day-to-day. Be willing to let go of objects that don't really have a purpose and are only collecting dust.The In-Betweens As you are moving from room to room, keep these areas in mind. Dust your blinds and ceiling fans Wipe down walls and ceilings to get rid of fingerprints and scuffs Shampoo carpets and rugs Wipe down and shine windows Vacuum out the heating and cooling vents Dust and wipe down the window frames The Kitchen Clean the grout and wipe down any backsplash or tile flooring Vacuum behind the refrigerator or other large appliances and make sure coils are free of dust Throw out any expired food and clean the shelves and drawers of the refrigerator Thaw out your freezer Clean the oven of any burnt buildup The Family Room Wash pillow coverings or blankets Clean out the fireplace flue Move furniture and vacuum under larger pieces such as the couches and entertainment centers The Bedroom Air out and refresh the mattress Replace heavy sheets and comforters with lighter options for the warmer months to come Go through your closet and drawers (host a garage sale or donate to a local charity or resale store) Replace cool-weather clothing with warm-weather clothing The Bathroom Organize drawers and closets Throw out expired cosmetics, beauty products, and medicine Update your first aid kit Outdoor Spaces Clean out landscaping and gutters Wash outdoor furniture Organize the garage or any utility shed Inspect outdoor lighting and replace any burnt out bulbs Safety PrecautionsOnce you're finished with your spring cleaning, this is also a great time to take any safety precautions. Change your batteries in your fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors (this should be done twice a year) and make sure all are free of dust. It's also a good idea to change your furnace filter at this time.Pest InspectionsWith spring often comes unwanted visitors. Prevent finding insects and spiders by spraying your home both inside and outside. You can do this yourself by using the right equipment or by hiring a pest control service to get the job done. The information provided in these articles is intended for informational purposes only. It is not to be construed as the opinion of Central Bancompany, Inc., and/or its affiliates and does not imply endorsement or support of any of the mentioned information, products, services, or providers. All information presented is without any representation, guaranty, or warranty regarding the accuracy, relevance, or completeness of the information.