It may look dark, damp, and miserable outside, but we’ll be welcoming spring before we know it. Spring is synonymous with new beginnings, and there’s no better time to give your home a thorough going over. If you’ve accumulated a lot of stuff in the aftermath of the Christmas holidays or you’ve struggled to find the motivation to get sorted in January, here are some handy hints to help you become the queen of clean in perfect time for spring.
This is the first rule of spring cleaning, and getting your home in order. Nothing makes the job of keeping your home clean and tidy harder than clutter. If you’ve got boxes lying around from Christmas or you can’t even get into the spare room, it’s time for a tidy up operation. Put everything you want to throw out into bin bags or make a heap in the back garden if you’ve got large items like cardboard boxes. Create a pile for recycling, and take a trip to the local tip. Once you’ve got rid of all the rubbish in your house, you’ll feel a whole lot better.
When you’re going through cupboards, rooms you don’t tend to use much, wardrobes, and cloakrooms, it’s a great idea to have a clear out. If you’ve got clothes you haven’t worn for years, DVDs you never watch or broken ornaments you’ve never got around to fixing, get rid of them. If you haven’t used something for years, you’re not likely to need it again. By all means, keep hold of items with sentimental value. But don’t clog up your chests and drawers with things you don’t want or need. If you’ve got mountains of items in saleable condition, you could donate them a charity shop, plan a garage sale or sell them on an online auction site.
Once you’ve cleared kitchen surfaces, carpets, and bedroom floors, you’re in a much better position to take on the task of cleaning. Start by vacuuming the carpets and tackle stubborn marks with a handheld steam cleaner. Use the nozzle attachment to clean the stairs, and remove dust from skirting boards and the cracks between floorboards. If you have pets consider a pet hair vacuum to help get rid of any pesky dog hairs!
Grab your cleaning products and some rubber gloves, and head up to the bathroom. Spray the surfaces with disinfectant and, wash the bath, sink, and toilet out. Light a scented candle or use a diffuser to make the room smell clean and fresh. If you have tiles, mop the floor. Move onto the kitchen, and give the worktops, the sink, and the oven a thorough clean. Mop the floor, and take any trash bags out.
Finally, polish furniture, arrange the cushions on the sofa and spray some room fragrance.
Cleaning may not be everyone’s idea of fun, but it can make you feel a whole lot better. Once you’ve overcome the main obstacles, keep on top of minor jobs, like vacuuming and cleaning the bath and toilet, and your home will look beautiful and clean for weeks to come.