Use your sniffer. If you have an attic, basement, crawl space, or unused
rooms or closets, take a tour and pay attention to the smells you
encounter. Insects and vermin can leave behind unique and unpleasant
scents that will indicate you have a problem. Also check for signs of
nesting and droppings.

Move the furniture. Bring your furniture away from the walls and out of its usual spot and give a thorough cleaning to those spaces you rarely
see. This is also an opportunity to rearrange your rooms for a freshened-up look.

Clean the windows. Let in that beautiful spring sunshine through super-clean glass.

Wash the curtains. It’s an oft-overlooked job! While you’re at it, any
throw blankets and washable decorative pillows should go in too. Pillows not washable? Toss them in the dryer on air dry with a fabric softener
sheet, or hang them outside in the sun and fresh air to get rid of

Beat the rugs. Yes, really. Hang your area rugs outside, on a line or
over a line of chairs, and beat them with a hard instrument. You’ll shake loose dust, dirt, dander, and other detritus trapped in the fibers that
vacuums can’t get to.

Scour appliances. The washer and dryer, dishwasher, stove, fridge,
and microwave generally don’t get the attention they deserve. Make this spring the time you get them sparkling.

Don’t forget fire safety. Check the expiration dates on your fire
extinguishers, replace the batteries in your smoke and CO2 alarms, and
clean out the vent to your dryer.