Weekly Home Help with spring cleaning tips, the new Apple iPad, a home-selling tip and more.
Use these tips to get your home organized and clean after spending the winter months indoors:
Gather your arsenal. Save yourself time and hassle by organizing the items you'll need, such as rubber gloves, scrub brushes, multi-purpose cleansers, etc. into one bucket with a handle.
Cover the basics. Make sure to dust, disinfect and clean all of your surfaces, as well as those areas that get the most use. Sanitize telephones, remote controls, door knobs and counter tops. Take down and launder curtains and wipe down window blinds using a damp sponge.
Tackle the kitchen. Focus on the key areas. Using a solution of half water, half white distilled vinegar, wipe down the plastic and glass components of the refrigerator. Sprinkle baking soda onto a damp sponge and clean counter tops, stainless steel sinks, the oven range, and within your microwave. To remove soap buildup in your dishwasher, pour a cup of white vinegar in an empty machine and run through the cycle.
Check behind the lines. When cleaning carpets, flooring and baseboards, move furniture out of the way. If you're looking to refresh a room, try placing key pieces in new spots. To get rid of the carpet indentations left behind by heavy furniture, place ice cubs 1 inch to an 1 1/2 apart within the indentations and allow them to melt. The carpet fibers will absorb the moisture and begin to take form.
-- Family Features
Decorating Tip: Bathroom wall art
If you need artwork to fill a bathroom wall, look no further than your family photo album. Or take a special photo for the room and frame it in an interesting manner for a one-of-a-kind focal point.
-- HGTV/ Scripps Howard News Service
Home-Selling Tip: Revisit the lawn
Now is a great time to revisit your house's curb appeal. Mow the lawn, prune the bushes, weed the garden and plant inviting flowers. Pay attention to how your house looks and if it attracts attention from the street and sidewalk.
Going Green: Get money for e-waste
While you're clearing your house of junk this spring, remember not to toss you e-waste in the garbage because it can be worth money –– and the chemicals are bad for the earth. Earth911.com recommends using the online sites YouRenew.com, BuyMyTronics.com or Gazelle.com to receive up to $1,000 per item for things like "outdated" smartphones, cellphones, laptop and desktop computer, cameras and more.
Did You Know …
Builder and developer sentiment about the multifamily market like apartments and condominiums increased to the highest reading since 2005. -- National Home Builders Association
New Product: The new iPad
Apple's new iPad is starting at the same prices as before, at $500 for the 16 gigabyte models. But the company will still offer the iPad 2 and drop the prices by $100. The newer gadget boasts support for 4G wireless connection and a very high-resolution display called a Retina Display, similar to the screen of the iPhone 4S.
-- Consume Reports Electronics Blog
Garden Guide: Pruning trees and shrubs
The best time to prune trees and shrubs is in the spring, when they are dormant. Without leaves, it is easy to see the plant's framework. Complete the pruning before the buds break. For general pruning, remove dead or diseased branches and all water sprouts (stems that grow at right angles to the branches) and suckers (growing from the base of the tree.) Prune out crossing or rubbing branches, always cutting back to back to a bud or a branch.
-- University of Illinois Extension
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