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The weather has finally turned nice(ish), which no doubt means we're all itching to throw open the doors and windows, put on something that's not made of polar fleece, and get outside.

But with the turn of the season, for a lot of people also comes this innate need to clean, organize and get their homes in order after a long winter of being cooped up and bundled up. Why is that, anyway? Well, it may be a cultural leftover. A few hundred years ago we had to stay in our homes and keep them buttoned up as much as possible to retain what little warmth we could make. To survive the winter, we needed to burn coal, wood and oils inside our homes for heat and light.

But once it began to warm up, the inside of the house had to be aired out and scrubbed up to remove all the residue and soot buildup. We seem to have loosely continued that tradition of "Spring Cleaning," despite no longer having quite the level of griminess to deal with come May. Thankfully! Yuck.

Since it's that time again, and this task is always SO overwhelming, we figure breaking the chore up into manageable chunks is the best way to get started. So we created a handy Spring Cleaning checklist, divided up by areas, to share with you. Download it now for free, and happy cleaning!

Our Favorite Cleaning Tips & Tricks

  • Baby wipes do an excellent job on baseboards
  • Make a sock puppet and use him to clean your blinds with a 50:50 distilled vinegar and water mixture
  • Magic erasers work wonders on the shower walls and doors, and shine up the shower head and faucet very nicely
  • Wrap duct tape around your hand, sticky side out, and use it anywhere you need to pick up lint or dirt (like a lampshade)
  • A rubber squeegee can easily remove pet hair from carpet and upholstery
  • Clean your coffee grinder by grinding up some rice, then wipe out any remaining residue with a dry towel
  • Slip a pillowcase over fan blades and slide the dust off without making a mess
  • You can throw a lot of things in your dishwasher besides dishes – air registers, the hood vent from over the stove, refrigerator shelves and drawers, the glass from your light fixtures, etc.