WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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30 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 one Clean your financial house Go through your drawers and files. Cut up credit cards that are expired or no longer used (inform the company that you are cancelling, so your credit report doesn't carry them). Check that your insurance and financial forms are up-to-date. You may discover that you're still paying for an insur- ance policy or credit card that you're no longer using. Destroy old bank statements and checks. If you haven't done so already, consider enrolling in online bill paying to eliminate unnecessary paper. two Organize Clear out, wipe down, and organize the shelves of your kitchen cabinets and refrigerator and sort through your bathroom medicine cabinet. Toss out expired food and medication. When rearranging items, put like things together (such as your six bottles of half-empty ketchup). And don't forget the chaos under the kitchen sink. Add plastic storage containers and shelving for cleaning supplies, sponges, and grocery bags. For a quick, inex- pensive makeover that yields big results, replace cabinet and drawer knobs to give your kitchen or bathroom an updated look. three Get down to the nitty-gritty Remove mildew, mold, and grime buildup from the grout in your kitchen and bathroom tiles. Clean your oven, microwave, toaster, and toaster oven. Gently push the refrigerator away from the wall, unplug it, and vacuum dust that has accumulated on the condenser coils (your electric bill will thank you). Check the instructions from the manufacturer to determine the proper way to do this for your make and model. four Freshen up Clean window treatments, especially those in smoky areas, such as the kitchen and rooms with fireplaces. Brush off blinds before applying wet cloths to avoid smearing dust. Wipe down all indoor woodwork. Walk around the house with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser or similar product. You'll be amazed by how many scuffs and stains you can remove from walls, baseboards, and risers. five Let in the light Schedule an appointment with a window-washing company to clean windows inside and out. Get out the hose and wash down patio furniture and wash outdoor cushions. Hold off until the end of pollen season before washing Besides checking your smoke detector batteries and tuning up your air conditioning, consider these spring cleaning and home maintenance projects. They could save you from bigger headaches in the years to come. 10 tips for … S T E V E M A A S WRITER S P R I N G C L E A N I N G T E R A G R A M / D R E A M S T I M E . C O M

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