- Put away clothes and straighten dresser.
- Strip bed of sheets and blankets to be laundered.
- Dust as you move clockwise around the room.
- Polish wood furniture.
- Clean mirrors and mini blinds.
- Vacuum drapes, then floor.
- Change sheets.
: Using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum, begin at the top and work your way down heavy drapes, outside and inside, gently reaching into the folds of the fabric.Sheers:
Toss sheers in the dryer with a fabric-softener sheet on the air-dry ycle for 10 minutes to freshen them and remove dust, suggests Donna Smallin, author of Cleaning Plain & Simple
: Vacuum shades with a brush attachment, lowering the shade completely, working top to bottom.Mini blinds
: Use a barely damp rag on wooden mini blinds, and a mild cleaning solution on metal blinds (avoid microfiber cloths, as they will scratch).
Whats Easy to OverlookUnder your bed
: Vacuum regularly just be sure to reach all the way under the bed! Move your bed at least twice a year to clean thoroughly underneath.
Your Secret WeaponsOstrich feather duster
: Buy one at a housewares or hardware store, or online at ostrich.com. Avoid conventional dusters with colorful feathers the plastic spines can scratch surfaces.Febreze Allergen Reducer:
Spray on your mattress and bedding to reduce up to 75 percent of allergens from cats, dogs and dust mites.