Ahhhh, spring cleaning time, some find it an exciting time, an opportunity to refresh the entire house, others find it a drag, so much so it’s only done every other year, or every other, other year if you know what I mean.
Let’s face it, no matter how you look at it, it is a big job, too big to tackle in just one day so the first tip for Spring cleaners is to take it one room at a time. Nothing worse than getting half way through a room then having to leave it until you can get back to it.
This is also the opportunity to de clutter and remove things that are simply not being used and taking up space. Some people really feel the anxiety of discarding things they have had for years, even its not being used. If this is you, try and think of it as making room for something new in the future that’s going to make you feel good, or think back to a time when you have given something away and if that made you feel good, you don’t have to throw it away just give things away to friends, family, charities etc.
The Spring clean is also a great time to perhaps re arrange the furniture and give the room a fresh look. Make a list as you go of things that need to be done in the next twelve months-fix curtain rails, re grout the bathroom, new curtains in living etc, the list is the start of minor home improvements which is something to look forward to over the next year.
For the clean, every year we do mention that for most of interior surfaces the cleaners available today are just fantastic, more environmentally friendly, less chemicals and odours, and they simply do a better job than the chemical peel cleaners of the past.
It’s always good to new things, if you have never tried an over cleaner before, give it a go you may be surprised as to how good they are, it could save you hours of elbow grease.
20 Spring Cleaning Tips
- One room at a time
- Clean your vacuum cleaner before you start.
- Use designated cleaning products for designated jobs.
- Decide what you are going to do with un wanted good before you start.
- Learn how to pack, store clothes so they take up less space. (Marie Kondo style)
- Check used by dates and throw expired stuff.
- Defrost fridge and Freezer, then clean thoroughly.
- Dust top of fridge, behind fridge and under fridge as this is where heavy dust accumulated
- Dust behind and under washing machine and clothes dryer
- Clean all filters, dishwasher, and dryer and ducted heating vents, range hoods.
- Clean the pet’s food bowls and areas
- Clean all ceiling fan
- Check drainpipes and gutters for holes and debris.
- Give the house a once over for rust, rot, mites, broken bricks, roof tiles and other damage
- Trim trees nearing the house or shed
- Check all exterior light fittings
- Clean inside of Windows
- Update all safety equipment, smoke alarm batteries, home alarm batteries.
- Update power points to safety switches
- Make a list as you go of things to update and replace.
Use the right product. Yes I hear you, must we buy a ton of different products, the cost is too much. Well if you do want the product to actually remove the carpet stain, use the carpet stain remover, rather than the multipurpose cleaner. Want the glassware or silverware to shine, use the proper stuff. Using multipurpose cleaners just takes longer and may not get the job done. Cleaners today could last you years, so it may seem like a few too many dollars but over years cleaners think it’s well worth it.
If you are going to be throwing a lot stuff away book a curb side collection before you start, or ask your local charity if they want your goods before dropping them off.