With the grass growing and flowers blooming, your house may be looking a bit dingy in comparison. After a winter of wear-and-tear it’s time to throw open the windows and chase the dust bunnies from under the furniture. And with the weather warming, it’s a lot more pleasant to spend time outside assessing any damage from the rough weather we hope is behind us. To help you get started, here’s a spring cleaning schedule from Consumer Reports’ book “How to Clean Practically Anything.”

Inside

  • Go through closets, discard or donate unwanted clothes; clean winter coats.
  • Pack away winter clothes (or have them stored at a dry cleaner).
  • Rotate mattresses and wash mattress pads and blankets.
  • Hang blankets on a clothesline to air out before putting them away.
  • Wash curtains and draperies or have them dry-cleaned.
  • Clean the oven, if necessary.
  • Dust coils behind or underneath the refrigerator.
  • Clean blades of ceiling fans.
  • Shampoo rugs and upholstery.
  • Clean or replace filters in room air conditioners; vacuum and reinstall units.
  • Clean the bathrooms including the mirrors.

Outside

  • Clean around central air conditioner unit and have it serviced.
  • Open attic louvers.
  • Secure any loose shingles or siding.
  • Touch up paint on outside of house.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts; clear debris from roof.
  • Remove storm windows.
  • Patch screens.
  • Wash windows.