Get ready for spring with a new way to clean at March 23 event

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Nowadays spring cleaning is not just about opening the windows and wiping away the winter. Spring cleaning today means organizing and ridding your home of unwanted items. This year, staff from several city departments are going to help homeowners think about spring cleaning in a different way.

“Not Your Mother’s Spring Cleaning” takes place Saturday, March 23, and is the perfect time to tackle that list of cleaning and organizing projects. The Mansfield Public Library, along with the fire, police, water utilities and environmental services departments and the historical museum, will provide a fun and informative morning around cleaning and tidying your house.

“Due to the enormous success of the Turkey Palooza event last fall, we decided to create a similar event focused on spring cleaning,” said Yolanda Botello, director of library services for the city. “We’re excited to once again present a fun and informative event with the help of multiple city departments.”

If you’re like most households, your schedule can get pretty hectic. Mansfield resident Julie Short, author of “Cleaning Your House In Minutes a Day,” will offer tips to make house cleaning easy, any time of the year.

“Cleaning your house will be so much easier when you learn to make that mountain of cleaning into a molehill,” Short says. “There are so many things you have to get done and cleaning is often the last on the list. You just need a new way of thinking about your household cleaning routine.”

After scouring all your drawers, closets and even the attic, you may have uncovered some keepsakes and family heirlooms. The Mansfield Historical Museum and Heritage Center will provide tips on how to take care of those special objects, as well as the best way to preserve items such as photographs, documents and even clothing.

And when you’re cleaning, don’t forget the medicine cabinet. Did you know the Mansfield Police Department offers a year-round drug take back program? Don’t trash them or flush them down the toilet. Instead stop by the Public Safety Building lobby, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and drop them in the bin. The Police Department will handle proper disposal, which helps keep meds out of the wrong hands and out of our water supply.

We all know to replace smoke detector batteries in the spring, but there are a few more items to consider adding to your checklist. The Mansfield Fire Department will explain the importance of regularly cleaning your dryer vent, and offer tips on how to prevent a dryer lint fire. Fire Department staff will also cover outdoor grill prep and safety and lawn care equipment maintenance.

Once you’ve completed your cleaning and organizing projects, let the Mansfield Public Library be your resource for information about cleaning, organizing, making your home less toxic, DIY recipes for household cleaners and more. The library staff will even guide you through a DIY make-and-take bath bomb craft while you’re here.

So you’ve cleaned, purged and organized. Now what? Environmental services and water utilities staff will provide solutions to help you get rid of your junk and household waste so it doesn’t end up in our landfills and waterways. You’ll also come away with water conservation tips and important dates for events like Chunk Your Junk, Shred Day, Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off and Creekside Cleanup.

This unique, free event will be held at the Chris W. Burkett Service Center, 620 S. Wisteria St. Registration is required, so sign up today to reserve your spot: http://bit.ly/2TfivnZ

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