Spring has sprung and that means longer, brighter days, flowers poking through the newly thawed ground, and little bunny rabbits hopping about. It also means spring cleaning. With the Spring air so fresh and fragrant, it would be a shame to have your home dragging you back into winter with its dust and musty grime. So, now’s the perfect time for a deep clean, but where to start? To help you decide, here are a few cleaning tips that’ll help you get your home organised.
Make a cleaning checklist
First off, if you want a clean and well organised home, then personal organisation is the first step. Start by thinking about what you want to get done and how long you’ll willing to spend doing it. Draw up a cleaning checklist of essential chores and go through them methodically. Having a battle plan for tackling your household mess will help keep you focused and avoid wandering around aimlessly not knowing what to do next. Although it may take you a few minutes to write the list, it’ll save you time in the long run. Of course, that doesn’t help you with what to put on the list, so read on.
Get your home organised with a good de-clutter
Before you start the job of cleaning pure and simple, you’ll need to spend time de-cluttering. While de-cluttering is part of the general activity we describe as cleaning, it doesn’t involve dusters, mops, or brushes. All it takes is an individual, in this case you, walking around your living space, and putting things back where they’re supposed to be kept. It’s about putting those dirty socks and underwear in the laundry bin so that you can actually get at the floor with a mop and bucket.
If you decide that the things you find don’t really belong in your home, feel free to recycle, throw, or give them away. De-cluttering is also an opportunity to slim down the number of possessions you have in your life. A perfectly executed Spring clean will not only leave your house sparkling clean, but should free up some space too.
Gather the supplies
The next big pre-cleaning tip is to get what you need before you start. You don’t want to be knee-deep in cleaning before you realise that you have to rush out to the shops to pick up some glass cleaner for window cleaning. Again, you can use a handy check-list to ensure that you’ve got all the supplies you need for an all out cleanliness assault on your home. Remember to buy or gather things like rubber gloves, all the relevant cleaning fluids for your surfaces, dusters, mops, microfiber cloths, etc. Once you have chosen your weapons, you’re all set.
Actually getting down to the cleaning, it’s important to be methodical. Trying to do it all at once will actually waste time and set you back mentally. Go room by room, tackling the kitchen first, and then the bathroom. Make a mental list and stick to it. If this is your first Spring clean, or you have a big house, consider spacing out the cleaning over several days. Alternatively, you could apply method to madness by cleaning on a task by task basis. De-clutter the whole house, then wipe every surface clean, next do the windows, followed by sweeping – you get the picture.
Don’t forget the fridge
A good deep clean is about more than just repeating your routine cleaning chores. A Spring clean is the perfect opportunity to give even your household appliances a new lease of life. At some point in your clean, tackle the fridge. Cleaning out the fridge can be a cumbersome task, but it’s well worth it. The longer you delay, the more months old gunk you’ll find rotting at the back of the fridge, potentially presenting a health hazard to you and your family. So, find a surface to put everything from your fridge and give it a good clean with some food safe disinfectant.
Getting to those forgotten spaces
Similarly, Spring is a good time to get to those forgotten spaces that never usually get cleaned. This is a once a year event, so if the space behind the cupboard is ever going to see daylight, now’s the moment. Move cupboards, sofas, so as to get at all the dust that’s usually secreted away. Corners, walls in the kitchen, behind the radiators – think of everywhere you wouldn’t usually think of and clean it!
Make the place fresh
Lastly, but most importantly, it’s important to leave your place feeling and smelling fresh. The absence of dirt and a lingering smell of disinfectant often isn’t enough to really make you feel as if Spring is sprung, so go the extra mile and adorn your house with Springtime accessories. Around the world, bringing in flowers to the home was the traditional way to celebrate Springtime, and you can see why. Brightening the place with a few well placed flower pots really provides a daily reminder that the warmer days have arrived. So, go on a walk, and bring the outside in with some fresh-cut flowers.