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Get started spring cleaning with these tips

Get started spring cleaning with these tips
News from Online Athens:

While the origins of “spring cleaning” are unclear, some things about it are set in stone. For example, everyone’s thinking about it between March through June, and the process of decluttering, organizing and cleaning an entire house or workspace can seem overwhelming, said Julia Marlowe, professional organizer and owner of Athens Home Organizer.

“It’s a good time to see what you have and what you need to get rid of,” Marlowe said. “It is overwhelming to most people, so my take would be to choose one thing to do. It could be to dust the whole house. Otherwise it’s best to choose a few places that you use often … for instance, the kitchen.”

Here are a few tips from Marlowe to get started:

• Choose areas that are traffic heavy such as the kitchen, which also have many things to be cleaned or organized such as the pantry, refrigerator and cabinets.

• Don’t feel bad if you have to call a professional for help.

• Set realistic goals.

• Do one room or a section of a house at a time.

• If you have someone who can help, then by all means make it a group affair.

• Donate items you run across that you forgot you had or no longer use.

• Hold a garage sale.

• Throw away items that can’t be donated or sold.

• If you have knick-knacks and you hate dusting, get rid of them, too.

• Once you’ve cleane…………… continues on Online Athens

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Hints From Heloise: Tips for self-cleaning ovens
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Dear Heloise: I love the self-cleaning feature on my oven. I noticed, though, that sometimes I have a lot of smoke and smells that linger in the house during and after the cleaning cycle. Do you have any hints? — Emily D. in Oklahoma

There are some things that you can do. Try not to let too much time pass between cleanings. The more food spills that build up in the oven, stuck to the bottom, the more chance of smoke and fumes during the self-cleaning.

If there are a lot of spills, try cleaning it as much as possible before starting the cleaning. Then, during cleaning, open some windows to help get out the heat, smoke and odors. — Heloise

Dear Heloise: I have discovered a great use for those pizza stones that many people have but find useless except for cooking pizzas. Whenever I use a slow cooker or a tabletop cooking appliance (for example, an electric indoor grill), I place my pizza stone beneath it to protect my countertop from heat. Works like a charm, and makes me feel better about the cooker staying on for so long in my absence. — Carolyn B., via email

Dear Heloise: I have a stainless-steel kettle that keeps getting calcium deposits in the bottom of it. Vinegar cleans it beautifully, g…………… continues on Times Herald-Record

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