Consumer Watch: Top spring cleaning tasks

Don't forget these spring cleaning tasks. (kokh)

It’s time for some real talk while you are considering how to tackle your spring cleaning this year. Yes, it's that time of year where we start to think about opening the windows as the weather warms, and putting away the heavy winter coat.

It’s not just the big stuff, though, a little too much out of sight out of mind, could land you with an impressively awful junk drawer. Allison Fife with the professional personal assistants at LifeSquire says starting with the junk drawer will make you feel accomplished quickly.

“It can be overwhelming when you open that drawer and think ‘oh my gosh I need to go through this.’ If you take 5 to 10 minutes out of your evening, afternoon, or weekend, it is a really short increment of time where it is not too overwhelming, “says Fife, LifeSquire retention specialist

She recommends pulling everything out. Then try sorting it into piles of keep, toss, and put away. What you keep should go in baggies or small boxes to keep the drawers neat.

Then there is the most intense cleaning.

“A lot of our clients get their grout cleaned. I know that is kind of something a little out of the ordinary,” says Fife.

There are grout cleaners, or you could go the old fashioned route with some baking soda and a tooth brush.

Then, there is the clothes. Decide what you might donate and consider that if you haven’t worn an item in six months to a year, it could be something to sell or donate. Also, before you put the coats away remember something important.

“This would be a really good time of year to get your winter coats dry cleaned and stored,” says Fife.

Rounding out the list, don't forget to clear out your pantry and medicine cabinet. Get rid of expired items taking up space in your home.

Fife says the toughest part of spring cleaning is finishing the task. Many people leave bags of items meant to be donated in their house or their cars. So, take that one final step and check all the items off your list.

Prescription drugs should be disposed of properly. You can find locations to properly drop off prescription medications here.

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