With the end of winter comes the hope of some warmer weather, and an opportunity to tackle some spring cleaning, and some decluttering at home, after being stuck inside all winter.
You can love it, or hate it, but having a spring clean can yield many positive effects, and it’s definitely worth doing.
To help you along your spring cleaning journey, we’ve put together a checklist full of hints and tips to offer a helping hand.
- Going room by room
One of the hardest things when spring cleaning is knowing where to start. Keep things simple and easy to follow, it’s best to go one room at a time. By doing this, you won’t find yourself overwhelmed by trying to tackle too much at once. Another thing worth considering, start cleaning at the top of each room, and work your way down, that way you don’t have to clean things twice due to falling dust.
2. Cleaning wet areas
Wet areas, such as the kitchen and bathrooms, can get dirty very quickly. They are often found to be the dirtiest areas in a home. Here’s a few tips that you might find helpful.
- Use white vinegar to break up mineral deposits around faucet heads.
- Clean stainless steel sinks with some baking soda
- Eliminate water stains with lemon juice.
- We have also found that using an old toothbrush can help get into small areas.
3. Family Space
Often the largest spaces in the home, cleaning your living room or family space doesn’t need t obe daunting.
If necessary, break up your cleaning procedure into 10-15 minute chunks for easier management.
Here’s some more tips that might be useful:
- Wipe down blinds or wash curtains you think need a freshen up or are starting to smell
- Sweep under large appliances and furniture, especially the ones that don’t move very often.
- When moving furniture, place a towel underneath to avoid scratching your floors.
- Remove pet hair from your carpet and rugs with a window squeegee. If that doesn’t work, you can buy specific tools to remove hair too.
4. Garages, basement and laundry rooms
Although they may not be the favoured place in your home, make sure they get a tidy up as well.
- Take inventory of your sporting equipment and tools, anything you don’t want anymore, charity shops are always grateful for donations.
- Clean your washing machine with an empty load of hot water and vinegar.
- If you keep your vehicle in your garage when you aren’t using it, be sure to pull it out and sweep the entire floor.
- If you don’t have any already, purchase some shelving units for things like paint, tools etc, to keep them well organised when they aren’t needed.
5. When should I start my Spring Cleaning?
When to start your spring cleaning is down to personal preference, but a good rule is to start when you feel a bit hence, hence the term “spring clean”. Being able to keep the windows open helps bring fresh air into your home.
6. Make life easier with self storage
Spring cleaning can be a daunting task, but self-storage can offer a helping hand to make your life a little bit easier. Any seasonal items you dig out during your spring clean could be well suited to self storage. With various security measures in place, you can be confident your belongings are well looked after while you are enjoying yourself elsewhere.