Early spring, just before active growth starts, is ideal for many pruning tasks. Remove dead, damaged and diseased wood from any tree or shrub and all suckers at the base. Garden cleanup can continue, as long as the soil is not too soggy.
Use vacuum attachments or the floor nozzle on the walls, furniture and baseboards. Empty the canister or bag for maximum effectiveness. Then throw everything — plastic toys, shower caddies, even sturdy knick-knacks — into the dishwasher for a once-a-year cleaning.
Wash your windows and screens. For a quick fix when you run out of store-bought window cleaner, mix two tablespoons of white vinegar with two quarts of water. Dip a clean rag in the solution and wipe down the windows. Wipe them dry with wadded up newspaper. Brush screens to remove dust and debris.