North Olmsted, Ohio... Warmer weather is here, and that means it's time to tackle the tasks you've been putting off. Is your home in need of a seasonal overhaul? You're not alone -- according to the American Cleaning Institute, seventy-two percent of households spring clean every year. Get your home in shape with these easy tips and prepare to enjoy the warmer months to come.
- Top-to-bottom Cleaning -- Cleaning is like a choreographed dance and knowing the proper steps -- and their order -- will ensure your cleanup is quick and effective. First, start at the top and work your way to the bottom. Crumbs will inevitably fall from kitchen counters and dust will fly from fixtures, so clean your floors last so you don't have to redo them later. In the kitchen, circle around the sink, starting at the right side of your stove and then move clockwise around the room. Stoves can be the dirtiest part of the kitchen, so ending there prevents the spread of grease and dirt. Finally, when it's time to sweep, hold the broom with one hand on top of the handle and the other in the middle. Having a proper grip on the broom will make each stroke more effective. Ensure you don't miss any dirt by sweeping from the outside in. Pulling dirt to the center of the room will make for easier pick up.
- Get Creative in the Kitchen -- According to a Moen survey, the kitchen is tied with the home office as the second most-cluttered room in the house (behind the garage). Since we spend so much of our time in the kitchen, even the smallest updates can be a big change. An easy first step is to get rid of clutter by creating a "home" for items that live out in the open, like dish towels. Make a tidy work space at the sink by installing a towel bar or ring.
If your kitchen is in need of a cosmetic update, try a DIY project, like installing an adhesive tile backsplash or a new faucet with coordinating hardware. When selecting a faucet, choose one with style and function, like the Voss™ faucet from Moen. It has a transitional low-profile design, ideal for installation in front of windows or on a kitchen island, and features Reflex® technology, which allows for easy, secure docking of the spray wand. The collection also offers perfectly matching accessories, like towel bars, to make organization in the kitchen both functional and fashionable.
A new sink is another update that can be made in the winter. Look for a model with a low-profile center divider that provides the versatility of a double bowl with single-bowl functionality. Moen's low-profile divide sinks allow you to fit items like pots and cookie sheets across two bowls easily, limiting the visibility of dirty dishes in the sink -- which is ideal for open concept layouts.
- Color Your World -- A fresh coat of paint can do wonders to update the look of a room. For the first time, Pantone selected two colors of the year: Serenity and Rose Quartz. The light pastels complement each other and make for a calm and soothing design aesthetic. Sherwin-Williams named Alabaster its 2016 color of the year. Keeping with the trend of light colors, this white hue is the perfect blank canvas to showcase your décor.
Just remember, you're not alone when it comes to sprucing up your home for a new season. Hopefully these projects help to ease your home out of hibernation and get you set for the sunny season ahead.
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