Spring Cleaning

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Spring cleaning -- it's the first one in a new millennium and a good time to get last century's dirt out of your home. If you're about to dig into that dreaded chore, start by making a switch.|

The Maids, a leading residential cleaning service, provides the following tips:

Switch the mattress. Turn it over, then switch the top of the mattress to the bottom of the bed. This reduces concave areas and should be repeated every six months.

Switch your ceiling fan. Turn the switch on your ceiling fan so the blades are moving counter clockwise and are pushing the air downward.

Switch your storm windows. Take out your storm windows and replace with the screens.

Switch the baking soda. It's time to take out the old baking soda from your refrigerator and replace it with a new box.

Switch out your winter clothes with the summer. Call your local charity and donate any clean, unwanted clothing.

Switch out your child's toys. If your child's toy box is overflowing, take out several toys that won't be noticed and store them in the attic or another out-of-the-way spot. In the fall or after a birthday, take out the box and switch those toys with others in the toy box.

Switch out your spices. Replace spices that have not been used in over a year. Spices tend to lose their potency over time.

Switch out your air filter. Change your furnace filter so it is ready for next winter.

Spring is a good time to not only sweep, brush and wipe out your cleaning chores, but it's also a good time to make a switch.

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