Spring Clean-Up Guide


Tips, tricks, and resources to getting your home ready for Spring cleaning


  Spring beckons: de-clutter to bring a fresh, new energy to your home.

Spring beckons: de-clutter to bring a fresh, new energy to your home.

Wondering where to start? Cleaning is much easier once you've cleared out the clutter.

Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Grab a laundry basket, cardboard box and a trash bag. Turn on some energizing music.

Start in the entry way of your home. This is the area that not only welcomes you home, but also welcomes your guests. (Or in the case of a seller, the first impression that a buyer has of your home!)

Put everything that doesn't belong in this area in the laundry basket. Put all items that you no longer want to keep in the cardboard box. Any trash goes in the trash bag. Move on to the kitchen, dining room and living room. Do a quick sweep through these areas, filling the cardboard box with items for donating, recycling or for a garage sale.

For a complete list of Wheeling's recycling drop-off areas, click here.

Next, do this sweep again through the bedrooms. Move on to the storage areas, linen closets and bathrooms. Did you find clothing that no longer fits or that you haven't worn in one year? 

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Appalachian Outreach is a charitable and support organization, located in Glen Dale. Contact them here to arrange pick up of your unwanted items. You will be helping others, while helping yourself clear out the clutter! They also take donations of toys, furniture, curtains, towels and baby items.

Buyers love to see clutter-free spaces. Clean off as many surfaces as you can so that you create a sense of spaciousness in your home.

If you are tech-savvy, iRecycle is a must-have app for convenient recycling. It is the premiere application for finding local, convenient recycling opportunities when you are on the go or at home. iRecycle provides access to more than 1,500,000 ways to recycle over 350 materials. For Apple users, click here. For Android, go here.

But don't stop there - check out these other great places to offer donations and recyclables:

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TIP: Pick a day of the year that you’ll remember . . . for instance, New Year’s or Valentine’s Day, and turn all of your hangers backwards. As you wear an item of clothing, hang it the correct way. At the end of the year, you’ll know which items you need and which ones you don’t.
— Spring Cleaning Gurus
 

For more handy tips, check out this video and featured article from HouseLogic.com:

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