Preparing for Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning, perhaps a daunting task since you are tasked cleaning every room in your house, including your backyard, garage, and other areas. For some, cleaning the entire house is not a joyous occasion. However, this gives you a great opportunity to take it as a fresh start for you and your family. This month, I will help prepare you for this daunting task – spring cleaning the home. Let’s get started.

Get ready. Before the actual cleaning, you will have to stock up on cleaning supplies and have them all ready. Mainly, you are going to need: window cleaner, an all-purpose cleaner, and a degreaser. Also, get a microfiber towel to wipe down all the furniture, window, and other areas in your home. Since you’re going to be moving around a lot, place all these items in an organizer tote and carry them around with you like a tool box.

Start cleaning the outside of the home first. The weather plays a big role on dirtying the outside of the home. Check walkways, doors, and windows for damage to see if they are in need of replacement. Also, don’t forget to inspect the roof, and see if any missing tiles or shingles are absent.

Are your heating, ventilation, and air condition (HVAC) systems working properly? There is no better time than the spring season to check your HVAC because it is right before any major climate changes. Here is your chance to change or clean your existing air filters.

For the inside of your home, begin with cleaning your windows. Cleaning your windows will allow more sunlight into your home, bringing in natural sunlight. Then, clean your ceiling fans and fire places that have accumulated dirt from the season before. Many homeowners also forget to test their fire alarms and extinguishers; a good time to do this is during spring cleaning.

Spring cleaning is self-rewarding for yourself and your home. The time you take to clean your home now will also have its pay off 3 months from now. Whether you are putting your house on the market or just need to tidy up, spring cleaning is an ideal time to clean the home. Start now!

Oreo Truffles

Ready In: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes

Servings: 42


  • 1 (16 ounce) package OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, divided
  • 1 (8 ounce) package PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages BAKER’S Semi -Sweet Baking Chocolate, melted


  1. Crush 9 of the cookies to fine crumbs in food processor; reserve for later use. (Cookies can also be finely crushed in a resealable plastic bag using a rolling pin.) Crush remaining 36 cookies to fine crumbs; place in medium bowl. Add cream cheese; mix until well blended. Roll cookie mixture into 42 balls, about 1-inch in diameter.
  2. Dip balls in chocolate; place on wax paper-covered baking sheet. (Any leftover chocolate can be stored at room temperature for another use.) Sprinkle with reserved cookie crumbs.
  3. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Store leftover truffles, covered, in refrigerator.



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