Regardless of what the weather has to say about it, there’s no arguing with the calendar — spring has sprung. Flowers are blooming, birds are serenading us, but the true treasure of spring is, of course, the cleaning! It’s time to dust, scrub, organize, and decorate until your hands are raw and your life is spotless. This winter was a long one, and it’s time for a fresh start. Since the hardest part of any project is getting started, here’s a handful of local Washington DC businesses to stop by for a little push in the right direction.

The Cookery It seems safe to say that the room that accumulates filth the fastest is the kitchen. No matter how hard you try, it’s nearly impossible to maintain a spic-and-span kitchen, and honestly, such a goal just sets you up for failure. So let’s try another route. This spring, let The Cookery, a “ best-in-class culinary specialties” marketplace on Wisconsin Ave, help you give your kitchen a little makeover. Throw out all those old bottles of oil with a single drop left, and spice shakers with a quarter teaspoon of dust in the bottom. Spruce up your kitchen with artisan goods created by food enthusiasts. The beauty of The Cookery is its curation of products that are the perfect blend of form and function — these culinary must-haves won’t just improve your cooking, they’ll also look great on the shelf. 3414 Wisconsin Ave, Washington, DC 20016

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IQ Cleaning Whoever invented the phrase ‘if you something done right, do it yourself,’ was not referring to cleaning. Yes, there’s a certain charm to taking your sponge and all-purpose cleaning spray, getting down on your hands and knees, and just going to town. But there’s also a charm — a less tiring, less dirty, less off-putting charm — to plopping down on the couch and calling in a professional to do it for you. There’s no shame in delegating. Of course you’re capable of scrubbing countertops and window sills, you’re physically able to sweep cobwebs from corners, and you know exactly how to operate a vacuum. But so does IQ Cleaning! They’ve earned the trust of the neighborhood they serve with easy online booking and payment, eco-friendly products, background-checked cleaners, and honest caring about their quality of service. It’s all backed by a satisfaction guarantee. Spring cleaning never sounded so easy! 1155 F ST NW 1055, Washington, DC 20004

Haute Looks Every room in your house is child’s play compared to the chaos of cleaning out your closet. Many quake at the nightmare of sorting through garments they haven’t worn in ten years but still desperately need to keep. This has sentimental value! These might come back into style! That would be the perfect thing to wear to a hypothetical theme-party with an incredibly specific dress-code! While these are all valid points, it’s time to move on (it is the season of renewal, after all). If you just ended a long-term relationship with some treasured attire, if you’re looking to fill that emptiness, there’s no better place to start the healing process than Haute Looks. They carry some of today’s hottest trends — extremely high quality, yet still affordable — to match-make all sorts of personalities, ages, and styles with rebound clothes. Ten years from now, you’ll be pulling Haute Looks clothes out of your closet, thinking up great excuses to re-wear them, and shoving them right back in. 5736 Silver Hill Rd, District Heights, MD 20747

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Hugh & Crye Men of Washington DC, this one’s for you. Nift firmly believes that you also deserve the chance to remake your wardrobe this spring. Hugh & Crye is sitting on O St. NW, waiting for well-dressed — or soon to be well dressed — men in need of the perfect shirt. Hugh & Crye recognizes that the most important feature of any shirt is its fit. Their shirts are formulated in 12 sizes, based on varying body types, to ensure that each shirt — even a dress shirt — fits and feels the way men’s shirts are supposed to, but rarely do: a warm embrace, the hipster hang, the just-enough-air pocket—whatever floats your boat. Hugh & Crye’s confidence in their philosophy and their product matches how you’ll feel when you button up one of their shirts in the morning. 3212 O St NW #5, Washington, DC 20007

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M & M Handyman Services While you’re kind of on a roll with the whole cleaning thing, why not go the extra mile? Fix some stuff! Nobody’s perfect, and through no fault of your own, chances are you can name some defect, big or small, that M & M Handyman Services can fix right up. Whether it’s a leaky pipe in the bathroom or a sinkhole in the living room, the “home of the odd job king” has the expert touch to repair or remodel whatever fault is in need of professional attention. Again, there is no indignity in calling in the pros; it just frees up more time for you! Have you considered going through your closet? 4501 Alabama Ave SE, Washington, DC 20019