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If you have lived in your home a long 
time, chances are you’ve become so 
comfortable that you no longer see 
the buildup of dirt and dust that has 
accumulated. According to Merry 
Maids, a national home cleaning 
service, here are some commonly 
overlooked areas and a few solutions 
to fix them.
Pay attention to the stuff above your 
head. The ceiling, ceiling fans, light 
fixtures, and the tops of curtains and 
window treatments attract dust, 
cobwebs and remnants of dead insects, 
so make sure you dust them frequently.
If you’re not organized, clutter will take over. Recycle thosemagazines 
stacked on the desk, store books on bookshelves, and toss the half-dead 
houseplant or give it away to a more caring friend. 
The kitchen is another hotbed of clutter. The refrigerator door may seem 
like a logical place to keep shopping lists, recipes, coupons and school 
notices, but the exterior needs to be cleared so it can be properly cleaned.
Remember to clean appliance handles too, which can be a breeding ground 
for germs.
When you’ve lived in one place long enough, it’s easy to become 
desensitized to odors from pets, kids, cooking, cigarettes or mustiness. A 
deodorizer, usually available as a spray or in crystal form, can neutralize 
odors without chemicals or fragrances.
If you still have a hard time seeing the dirt in your home, call a trusted friend 
who can give you an honest assessment. Just be ready to listen to the truth 
— and take action.
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