Spring cleaning your Renton, WA homeCleaning a home deeply should be done once a year and spring is a great time to dig in and actually do it! Instead of focusing on a long list of things to accomplish, we’d thought we’d share five things to keep in mind when it comes to spring cleaning your home.

Keep it, Store It or Donate It

This is an easy reminder when it comes to cleaning out your house and it can apply to any room. For clothing items, ask yourself if you have worn it in the last year. If the answer is no, look to donate it. You can help others in need this way and that always feels great. Seek out charities that support your community.

Break It Up In Sections

Just the thought of spring cleaning can be exhausting for some people. Instead, focus on breaking up your cleaning by sections or rooms. For example, put all your cleaning attention into your kitchen for the first day. Wipe down your cabinets, organize the inside of your cupboards or drawers, or give your refrigerator a nice scrub. This feels much more doable versus looking at your long list of cleaning for your entire house and asking yourself, “Where do I start?!”

Create a List & Check It Twice

For many people, creating a to-do list feels productive and how good does it feel once you can officially check if off? Follow our suggestion by breaking up your cleaning into sections and making a list of what you want to accomplish in each room.

Make it Fun

Get your family or other household members involved, assign them specific tasks, turn on some good music then celebrate with a night out together. Don’t feel like you have to clean all day long to feel like you’ve been productive. Marking several items off your list can simply do the trick!

Looking for a Basic Spring Cleaning Checklist? Start here.

Top Areas to Clean in Each Room

  • Dust all furniture, picture frames, television, or hanging décor on walls.
  • Dust ledges or other areas you cannot see at eye (ceiling fans, top of cabinets)
  • Clean windows or mirrors
  • Dust or wipe down baseboards, blinds, window sills, vents.
  • Sweep & mop floors
  • Vacuum carpet and rugs
  • Change smoke detector batteries
  • Wash curtains
  • Vacuum furniture cushions
  • Disinfect items like your TV remote, door knobs, computer mouse or kitchen drawer handles.
  • Organize each room & donate/discard what you won’t use.
  • Disinfect your bathroom items like tub, shower and toilet. Wash shower curtains.

Your home is a valuable asset so keeping it clean will not only keep it in tip-top shape, but will clear the home of allergens, bacteria and mold that can build up over time. With a little elbow grease, you’ll be done in no time.

If you have questions about your insurance, call the insurance agents at Eastside Insurance Services in Renton, WA. We have years of insurance experience and can help you insure everything from your home to your auto or motorcycle. We live where you do and are an independent insurance agent, so we can help you find the right company to fit your needs. You can also check out our website, 24/7.

Our friends at PEMCO recently shared this great article about winter driving and home preparedness as we move into the stormy months!

Soaking rains, snow, frost … we’ve seen it all the past couple of weeks. With La Niña gearing up to give us colder and wetter-than-normal weather, our Claims team shared their top tips for staying safe in what could be a challenging Northwest winter:

For you car

  • Snow tires – studded vs. studless. Stopping power starts with good tires. The latest research shows that in most conditions, studless tires offer a superior grip.
  • Antifreeze – a 50:50 mixture is best. Check yours with a test meter, available for less than $10 at auto parts stores or online.
  • Emergency kit – what’s in your trunk? Tire chains, jumper cables, flares or warning triangles, blankets, and food and water are among the essentials, especially when you’re heading over the passes.

For your home

You can find even more tips for your home and car on pemco.com.

There’s snow more denying it! Winter’s just around the corner, and your friends at PEMCO wish you a safe and happy season.

Do you own a property abuts a city property with diseased or damaged trees? Did you know it is your responsibility to tend to those trees as well as pay or any removal of such trees?  A recent Komo News story explains the importance of keeping a eye on these to ensure you’re not held liable for damage caused if those trees come toppling down.

Click the link below to learn more.

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