How to Spring Clean Your Room

When spring comes around, a lot of people take this opportunity to do some deep cleaning around their home. For many of us, the most important part of spring cleaning is cleaning our bedrooms. However, if your room is really dirty or cluttered, you may not know where to start. Fortunately, by focusing on one aspect of cleaning your room at a time, you can spring clean your room in no time!

EditSteps
EditFreshening the Bedding
Wash all your linens and the mattress cover in hot water. Throw the pillow cases, sheets, comforter, and even the mattress cover into the washing machine, as long as they’re all machine washable. Use hot water (or the highest temperature setting indicated on the manufacturer’s instructions) in order to kill any dust mites living on the sheets.[1]
If your linens aren’t machine washable, take them to the dry cleaners to be cleaned.

This should be the first thing you do during the entire spring cleaning process. That way, you can clean most of the rest of your room in the time it takes your linens to be washed and dried.

Run your pillows through the washing machine, if possible. Many standard pillows are machine washable, but make sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions before throwing your pillows in the wash. For best results, only wash 2 pillows at a time to avoid overloading the machine.[2]
Do not put your pillows in the wash if they contain feathers, as the machine washing process can cause permanent damage to the feathers.

Check your pillows to see if you want to replace them. Old pillows could contain dust mites, dead skin, and bacteria. Try to replace your pillows every 1-2 years.[3]

Vacuum the surface of the mattress to get rid of any dust or dirt. For best results, use the wide brush attachment and vacuum the mattress with the vacuum hose. Be sure to vacuum the crevices, edges, and corners of the mattress as well, since debris tends to accumulate in these areas.[4]
Note that if you rotate your mattress as part of your spring cleaning regimen, you’ll have to vacuum the other side of the mattress as well.

Make sure the vacuum hose and brush attachment are both clean before you begin vacuuming the mattress.

Inspect the mattress for signs of damage. Look for lumps, rips, or any other signs of physical wear and tear that need to be addressed. If the damage isn’t that bad, you can usually just sew any rips or holes shut. However, if your damaged mattress is more than 7 years old, opt to replace it instead.[5]
Most experts recommend replacing your mattress every 8 years, whether it’s seriously damaged or not.

Having a damaged mattress can make it harder for you to fall asleep and stay asleep, so it’s important to address any damages in your mattress as soon as possible.

Clean any stains on the mattress with mild soap and cold water. Don’t use cleaning solutions with harsh chemicals, as these may end up damaging the upholstery on your mattress. Instead, mix a few drops of mild dishwashing soap into a bucket of cold water. Use a sponge dipped in this soapy water mixture to spot clean any stains on the mattress.[6]
If this soapy water mix doesn’t get a stubborn stain out, try sprinkling a small amount of baking soda onto the stain and letting it sit for a few minutes before cleaning it with a damp sponge.

Use a damp cloth to clean any dust off of the bed frame. Use a microfiber cloth for the absolute best results, although any ordinary cloth will also work. Go back over the frame with a second dry cloth to remove any excess moisture left behind by the damp cloth.[7]
If you have a headboard at the top of your bed, use the damp cloth to clean it as well.

Allow the mattress to air dry before putting the linens back on it. Place the mattress in direct sunlight and leave it for a few hours. After the mattress has dried, flip it over to rotate it, if this is recommended by the manufacturer.[8]
Read the tag on your mattress to find out whether the manufacturer advises if you should rotate your mattress on an annual basis.

If only a few parts of the mattress are wet, you can also opt to use a hairdryer on warm on these spots to dry them quickly. Never use a hairdryer on hot, though, as this may start a fire on your mattress.

EditGetting Rid of Dust
Use a long-handled duster to dust the ceiling fan. Make sure the ceiling fan is turned off before you begin dusting it. If you don’t have a long-handled duster, you can also place an old pillowcase over each fan and slide it along the fan blade to collect the dust.[9]
For maximum safety, wear a breathing mask and goggles while you do this. Your ceiling fan is probably a lot dustier than you think it is!

If you need to dust a fan over your mattress, cover the mattress with a sheet first so it doesn’t get dirty.

Dust the ceiling and the top half of your walls first. Always start dusting from the top of the room so that you won’t have to dust anything twice. Make sure you get the dust out of any air vents and the top corners of your room as well, since it can be easy to forget to clean these areas on a normal basis.[10]
Use a step-ladder to reach the ceiling if you don’t have a long-handled duster.

If you don’t have a long-handled duster or a step-ladder, you can also put a rag over the head of a broom and use that to dust the ceiling.

Work your way down to the lower half of the walls and the baseboards. Dust the walls themselves, the corners, and any air vents that you haven’t dusted yet. Make sure to dust the inside of any window frames in your room as well.[11]
Don’t forget to dust around the moulding of your windows, as well.

Use a microfiber cloth to dust picture frames and the window blinds. Spray glass cleaner on the cloth before using it to clean the picture frames. If you have vinyl window blinds, use a mild surface cleaner sprayed on the cloth to clean them.[12]

Clean the bulbs, shades, and cords for any lamps in your room. Take the shade off of the lamp, then use a lint remover to clean the inside and outside of the lampshade. Make sure the bulb is cool before wiping it down with glass cleaner.[13]
You can simply use a damp cloth to wipe any dust off of the lamp cord. However, make sure the cord is unplugged first.

Don’t forget to dust all the furniture in your room. Wipe down your dresser, desk, bookshelf, or any other piece of furniture in your room with a duster or with furniture polish. This is especially important if you don’t already dust your furniture on a regular basis.[14]
Take this opportunity to wipe down the insides of your dresser drawers, as well.

EditCleaning the Floor
Use vacuum extensions to vacuum underneath the bed. Use the vacuum hose with an extender and floor attachment to get a deep reach under the bed. If you have other furniture in your room with space underneath it, clean these spaces as well.[15]
For example, if you have a bookshelf or chest of drawers that doesn’t go all the way to the ground, that empty space will need to be vacuumed.

Vacuum and mop the floor if you have hardwood floors. Use a vacuum cleaner set on the hardwood setting to clean any dust and dirt off the floor first. Mop the floor with a mop and commercial hardwood cleaner to clean and polish the floor.[16]
Commercial hardwood floor cleaners are usually available to purchase at most grocery stores.

If your vacuum cleaner doesn’t have a hardwood floor setting, you can also use a broom and dustpan to clean the floor.

Sprinkle baking soda into the carpet, then vacuum it twice. Pour a thin amount of baking soda across the surface of your floor if it’s carpeted and let it sit for 5 minutes before vacuuming. Vacuum the floor once in each direction (i.e., once going horizontally and once going vertically) to make sure you clean all of the baking soda off of the floor.[17]
The baking soda will help remove any odors that have accumulated in your carpet fibers.

Use dish detergent and hot water to treat carpet stains. Mix equal parts of hot water and dish soap in a spray bottle, then spray this mixture onto the stain. Use a clean cloth to blot the stain and transfer the colored liquid from the carpet fibers to the cloth. Continue blotting this way until the stain is completely gone.[18]
You may need to switch to a second clean cloth if the stain is too large for your first cloth to handle.

If this mixture of dish detergent and water doesn’t do the trick, use a mixture of unscented ammonia and water instead.

EditDecluttering and Organizing Your Room
Empty and clean out any trash cans in your room. Mix 2 parts hot water and 1 part vinegar in a medium-sized bucket. Then, dip a stiff scrub brush into this mixture and use it to clean the inside of your garbage cans. Rinse the cans thoroughly and allow them to air dry before putting any bags inside them.[19]
Take the old garbage bags to the dumpster or to your local municipal garbage dump.

If the garbage in your room often has an odor, consider replacing your old garbage bags with odor-free or scented trash bags.

Collect any items that you don’t want to keep in your bedroom. Go around and pick up any books, dishes, clothes, or any other items that belong in some other area of your home. Eliminate visual chaos in your room by removing anything that makes your room feel cluttered.[20]
It’s ok to keep a few things by your bed, such as a book or a scented candle, but the more things you can take away from this area, the easier it will be for you to feel relaxed in your room.

Throw away or donate any clothes that you haven’t worn in 2 years. Go through your closet and pull out any clothes that you either haven’t worn in this much time or that you don’t plan on wearing again in the future. If there are any clothes that you want to keep for sentimental reasons, put them in a storage box instead of in your closet.[21]
If there are any clothes that you feel uncertain about throwing out, put these in a storage box as well. If you later find that you want to wear them again, take them out of the box. If you never end up wanting to wear them, you can toss them out at a later date.

Make sure your closet and dressers are neatly organized. Keep your spring and summer clothes are put on hangers and drawers in a convenient location. Put the winter clothes that you won’t wear until next year in storage with some mothballs and lavender bags if you have them. Dust all the shelves and corners before putting all your things back neatly.[22]
Fold individual clothing items into neat squares before placing them back in your dresser drawers.

Don’t put any clothing items on the floor of your closet except for shoes.

Remove any furniture in your room that isn’t actually necessary. Take a look around and make a note of any piece of furniture, such as a half-empty bookshelf or bare coffee table, that you don’t actually need in your room. Getting rid of these items of furniture or moving them to a different room will free up a ton of floor space, leaving your room feeling much larger as a result.[23]
For example, if you have 2 small bookshelves with only a few books on each of them, consider investing in a new, larger bookshelf. Place all of your books on this large bookshelf and move the smaller shelves to a separate room in your home.

EditThings You’ll Need
Vacuum cleaner with attachments

Dishwashing soap

Microfiber cloths

Long-handled duster

Lint remover

Mop

Hardwood floor cleaner

Baking soda

Water

Vinegar

EditTips
Take pictures of what your bedroom looks like before and after you clean it. Having these pictures around will help you feel more accomplished and more motivated to keep your bedroom clean.

Resist the temptation to stop or take a break from cleaning before you’re done. It’ll be more difficult to get back into cleaning again once you break your momentum.

Do your spring cleaning on a day when you don’t have anything else planned. You may come across something in your cleaning that takes more time to complete than you otherwise would have expected.

Choose a warm and sunny day so you can let your mattress sit outside if you need to.

Open your windows when you start cleaning to reduce any interior pollutants, such as cleaning products or dust.

EditWarnings
Some cleaning solutions can be irritating if you ingest them or get them on your skin. Always wear cleaning gloves when working with these solutions. If you inhale anything by accident, call a poison control center immediately.

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Historical Events

1564 – William Shakespeare is baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
1957 – Jamestown, Virginia 350th Anniversary Festival opens
1961 – French paratroopers’ revolt suppressed in Algeria
1988 – NY Met Davey Johnson becomes 2nd manager to record 400 victory in 1st 4 years (Al Lopez did it 1st)
1991 – 23 killed in Kansas and Oklahoma by tornadoes
1994 – Physicists announce first evidence of the top quark subatomic particle.

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Famous Birthdays

1776 – Joan Melchior Kemper, Dutch lawyer (designed civil code law book), born in Amsterdam (d. 1824)
1782 – Maria Amalia of Bourbon-Sicily, French queen as wife of Louis Phillip of Austria, born in Caserta Palace, Naples (d. 1866)
1804 – Charles Goodyear, American politician (D-NY), born in Cobleskill, New York (d. 1876)
1836 – Erminnie Adelle Platt, American anthropologist (first woman to specialize in ethnographic field work), born in Marcellus shale, New York (d. 1886)
1883 – Harry Sothern, British actor (Blind Wives, Buck Rogers), born in London, England (d. 1957)
1980 – Marnette Patterson, American actress (Nicole-Something So Right), born in Los Angeles, California

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Famous Deaths

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1945 – Sigmund Rascher, Nazi doctor (b. 1909)
1996 – Burton Stein, American historian, dies at 69
1996 – John Norrie McArthur, malariologist/microscopist, dies at 94
1997 – Gene [Eugene] Ames, singer (Ames Brothers), dies of cancer at 73
2011 – Phoebe Snow [Laub], American singer-songwriter (Poetry Man), dies at 60

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How to Make Balloon Animals

Learn how to make balloon animals and share your skill at a festival or party. People love making a special request and seeing a colorful balloon animal come to life. Get familiar with the twisting techniques that form the foundation for every balloon animal, then put your knowledge to use by making a balloon dog, monkey, and swan.

EditSteps
EditLearning the Fundamental Twists
Make a basic twist. Inflate a balloon and tie it off at the end. Grasp it near the tie in your non-dominant hand. Use your dominant hand to twist the balloon a few times so that you create a separate balloon segment. In order to keep the balloon from untwisting, hold the two segments with one hand.Use #260 balloons, which are long balloons designed for the purpose of being made into balloon animals. These are available at party stores and costume stores. Water balloons and party balloons can’t be twisted into animal shapes.

You can inflate the balloons using your lungs, but it’s far easier to use a small hand pump. These are available at toy stores and party stores that sell balloon supplies.

You should be able to grasp the balloon firmly without it popping. Keep your fingernails and jewelry away from the surface of the balloon so they don’t catch on the rubber and pop it. If the balloon seems to pop at the slightest touch, try using a higher-quality brand. Less expensive balloon brands use less rubber in their balloons, and the thinner surface area is much easier to pop.

Make a lock twist. Inflate a balloon, tie it off and make two basic twists close together, so that the balloon has a total of four segments. Hold all four segments in the same hand to keep them from coming untwisted. Use your other hand to grasp the two middle segments and gently hold them apart from the two end segments. Twist the two middle segments together three times, then hold up the balloon. The segments are now locked in place.The lock twist is used to hold the balloon sculpture together, since without it the balloon comes untwisted.

The lock twist is also used to make small balloon animal ears and other animal features.

Make a fold twist. Inflate a balloon, tie it off and make one basic twist near the end. Holding the twist in place with one hand, use your other hand to fold the top of the balloon down. Grasp the twist and the top of the balloon and twist them together three times so that you form a loop. The balloon now has three segments: two end segments and one loop segment.The fold twist functions like a lock twist, in that it prevents the balloon from becoming untwisted.

The fold twist is often used to create ears, noses, and other animal features.

EditMaking a Balloon Dog
Inflate the balloon and leave a 3-inch tail. Just keep blowing until the air has inflated the balloon to about three inches from the end, then stop blowing and tie off the balloon.
Make three basic twists. Starting at the knotted end of the balloon, make three basic twists to create a total of four balloon segments. The first segment, which includes the balloon’s knot, will form the dog’s snout. It is slightly longer than the second two segments, which will form the dog’s ears. The last segment, which will be twisted into the dog’s body, is the longest.Hold all of the segments in one hand to prevent them from becoming untwisted, since they have not yet been locked.

Experiment with different segment lengths for the snout and ear segments. You can also make an extra-long snout and call your balloon animal an anteater.

Twist the ear segments together. Use your free hand to grasp the second and third segments, the ear segments, and twist them together three times. This lock twist will keep them from coming untwisted. Do you see the dog’s head?
Make three more basic twists. Make the first twist a few inches below the head to form a neck segment. Make two more twists below the neck to create two segments that are equal in length; these will be the front legs. Hold all the new segments in the same hand to prevent them from coming untwisted.Would you rather have a giraffe than a dog? Make the neck segment extra long; the rest of the body is exactly the same.

You can make the leg segments long or short, but they should be the same length.

Twist the leg segments together. Fold the balloon at the twist between the two leg segments. Grasp the leg segments with your free hand and twist them together three times at the base of the neck. The legs and neck are now locked in place.
Make three more basic twists. This time divide the remaining length of the balloon into four equal segments. The first segment is the dog’s body, the second two segments will become the back legs of the dog, and the final segment is the tail. Hold them all in one hand to prevent them from becoming untwisted.
Twist the back legs together. Fold the balloon at the twist between the two back leg segments. Grasp the segments and twist them three times at the base of the body segment. Take a look at your finished sculpture: it has a knotted nose, short ears, front legs and back legs and a tail that sticks straight up. Your work is complete.
EditMaking a Balloon Monkey
Inflate the balloon and leave a 6-inch tail. Leaving a shorter tail might result in the balloon popping halfway through the sculpting process, so make sure you have plenty of uninflated balloon at the end. Tie off the balloon with a knot.
Make a basic twist. Twist the balloon a few inches from the knot to create a small segment that will be the monkey’s face. Hold both segments in one hand to prevent them from untwisting.
Make a short fold twist. Start by making a second basic twist close to the first one so that you have a small segment in between the twists. Fold the segment so that the two twists line up. Use your free hand to grasp the folded segment and twist it three times to lock it in place. You’ve just made the monkey’s first ear.
Make another basic twist. A couple of inches from the first ear, make another basic twist to create a short segment. Hold it in one hand so that it doesn’t untwist. This new short segment will be the monkey’s forehead.
Make another short fold twist. Start by making a second basic twist close to the first one so that you have a new small segment between the twists. Fold this segment so that the two twists line up. Use you free hand to grasp the folded segment and twist it three times to lock it in place. This is the monkey’s second ear.
Twist the ears together. Carefully grasp the two ears by the twists at their bases. The forehead segment will be sticking out between them. Twist the ears together three times to lock them in place. The monkey’s head is now complete: it has a nose, a forehead, and two ears.
Make three more basic twists. Make the first twist a few inches below the head to form the neck segment. Make two more twists lower down to form two segments that are equal in length. These will become the monkey’s arms. Hold all of the segments in one hand to prevent them from untwisting.
Twist the arms together. Fold the balloon at the twist between the two arm segments. Grasp the segments and twist them three times at the base of the neck segment to lock the arms and neck in place. The balloon should now resemble a monkey with a head, neck and arms.
Make three more basic twists. Make the first twist a few inches below the arms to form the body segment. Make two more twists lower down to form two segments that are equal in length. These will become the monkey’s legs. Hold all of the segments in one hand to prevent them from untwisting.Leave plenty of room at the end of the balloon for the tail, which should be the longest segment of all.

Twist the legs together. Fold the balloon at the twist between the two leg segments. Grasp the segments and twist them together three times at the base of the body. The body and legs are now locked in place, and the tail is hanging down from the body.
Make a coconut tree trunk. Choose a balloon in a contrasting color and inflate it completely, then tie it off. There’s no need to leave a tail at the end. Slide it between the monkey’s arms and legs so that the monkey appears to be climbing it.
EditMaking a Balloon Swan
Inflate a balloon and leave a 4-inch tail. White or black balloons both make striking swan sculptures.
Fold the balloon. Create a paperclip shape with the balloon; the knotted end should be at the center of the paperclip, and the tail end should jut out from the end of the paperclip. Another way to approach this shape is to create a circle with overlapping ends, then flatten it.
Make a basic twist. Grasp the folded balloon in the middle so that you’re holding three parts: the top of the paperclip, the bottom of the paperclip and the knot in the center. Twist the three parts together, making sure you catch the knot in the twist. Hold the twist to make sure it doesn’t come undone. You now have two loops with a long neck jutting out from the center twist.
Tuck one loop into the other. Use your free hand to close one of the loops and push it up through the other one. This creates the body of the swan, with the tucked-in loop resembling folded wings and the outer loop resembling the swan’s underside. Tucking in the loop also keeps the structure from coming undone.
Make the head. Grasp the neck a few inches from the tail and use your hand to move some of the air into the uninflated tail part. This will cause the top of the neck to curve into the shape of the head. The remaining uninflated tail forms the swan’s beak.
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EditTips
Use new balloons rather than stored ones. Older balloons are more likely to pop when you are inflating or twisting.

If it pops, pretend that it was part of the entertainment; play it cool.

Carry a permanent marker and make a smiley face on your animal.

Experiment with other sizes and shapes of balloons to make apples and bumblebees.

Put glitter inside the balloons so when they pop there will be a glitter explosion that people will like.

If balloon pops, laugh, make a joke about “blowing up” some balloons for fun and start over. Children will back up a step but they won’t leave.

Store balloons in an air-tight container as latex deteriorates when exposed to air.

Every child in the room will want one. Seriously. Do not send children home crying if it can be avoided.

Talk as you twist. Be funny and entertaining. This will help you be entertaining if you make a mistake.

Do not buy cheap twisty balloons from a toy store. Look for a year round costume shop with clown supplies. Check the expiration dates on the balloons. Expect to pay quite a lot more than ordinary balloons per bag, but the price difference is well worth it.

Use an inexpensive balloon pump from a toy store. Some people can inflate a #260 by mouth, but not many. Hand pumps are more sanitary.

Carry balloons in your pocket to school, wedding receptions, any place where children may roam.

A little corn starch in storage container will prevent latex from adhering to itself.

Learn to make snakes, swords, hearts, turtles, funny hats and other balloon shapes.

It helps to inflate the entire balloon until air is spread throughout, then to deflate it slightly, leaving about at the end as mentioned in step 3.

EditWarnings
Balloons are not for little children due to danger of choking.

EditThings You’ll Need
Uninflated #260 balloons

Balloon pump

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