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Living Space: 5 things to spring-clean right now — and a few that can wait until fall

Katie Holdefehr, RealSimplecom on

When it’s time to spring-clean, we may think we have to tackle every single item on the to-do list right away. But actually, there are some home maintenance tasks that it’s better to wait until fall to complete. To help you sort out which things to spring-clean ASAP and which can be safely put off for a few more months, we’ve compiled the list below. Then, you can breathe a little easier knowing that it doesn’t have to all get done right away.

Spring-clean now: Dryer vent.

Because a buildup of lint in the dryer vent is a potential fire hazard, it’s a good idea to clean out the dryer vent ASAP. Also remember to clear out the lint filter after every use.

Spring-clean now: Windows.

Especially if winter weather has left your windows streaked and dirty, spring is a great time to wash them. Plus, washing the windows now will let you enjoy a clear view and more sunlight all spring and summer long.

If you’re washing the windows yourself, consider investing in squeegees with expandable poles so you can avoid getting on a ladder. Remember to choose a wind-free, overcast day (a sunny day will create more streaks), and follow these steps. If you have particularly high windows or aren’t sure you want to take on the project yourself, it’s a smart idea to be safe and hire a professional.

 

Spring-clean now: Outdoor space.

If you plan to enjoy your backyard this spring and summer, getting it ready should be near the top of your to-do list. Before you start mulching or planting anything new, this typically means starting by clearing out any debris, sticks and leaves that have collected over the winter, as well as sweeping the deck or any patio areas. Clearing out the front yard will also boost your home’s curb appeal as warmer weather approaches.

Spring-clean now: Textiles.

Most of us already clean our bath towels and bedding regularly (right?), but in the spring, add other textiles, like window curtains, throw pillows, blankets and stuffed animals to that list. The reason: besides eliminating germs and bacteria, it will cut down on springtime allergens so your entire family will sniffle less.

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