How To Spring Clean
The weather is getting nicer and the sun is shining through the window. I don’t know about you, but this always makes me want to clean and spruce up my house. I’m quite thorough and methodical when it comes to my spring cleaning, so I thought I’d share my tips on how to spring clean.
I always start any cleaning regime by decluttering. If you can find homes for everything before you start, it makes it easier for things to stay neat and tidy. It’s also a great time to go through items which are rarely used and decide whether to keep them, give them away or perhaps even make yourself a few quid by selling them. eBay, Facebay and Schpock are great for listing your second-hand items. Even if you have items that are of no value, it’s nice for someone to give it a new home if it’s still usable. Too much junk and clutter is the biggest reason why rooms look small and unclean and actually generally speaking it’s not that at all, it’s just they are cluttered.
Make cleaning your house a social event. Get everyone in the household involved. That way everyone takes responsibility for an area and it is much more likely to all get done. If the kids have made a mess of their bedroom or the playroom, get them to declutter and tidy it. Also, you may find they have more appreciation for the effort that goes into keeping a space looking nice.
I always think at this time of year, your house will look a million times better if you clean the windows and doors. It’s the number one tip on how to spring clean. You’ll also be getting more light in which again will make your rooms look bigger and brighter. If you have more than one floor, it might be best to hire a window cleaner to get up to the highest windows, but most insides and downstairs windows are easily done yourself.
Make A List
One of the most satisfying things about cleaning is ticking off all the jobs you have done. I love making a list of all the things that need cleaning during a big spring clean and then ticking them off as and when I get them done. It also helps you to stay focused as you can work your way down the list and not go off track. I’d start with the biggest items first or those that make the most sense. You wouldn’t hoover a room and then dust it after, so put dusting on the list first.
Piece By Piece
I always find that it’s much easier to manage a big spring clean if you break it down into bite size pieces. For example. Say you are going to tackle the kitchen and the bathroom, work out what needs doing in each room, make a list and then complete every task on that list. You’ll find it much more motivating if you complete a whole room than if you do one job in every room, knowing you’ll have to come back to each room to do other tasks. Start with the room that has the most work in it, that way you’ll always end on the easiest room.
How To Keep It Clean
It’s easy to let the household jobs get on top of you, especially if you are a busy parent or working full time or even both! But I find if you do a little job each day, it keeps your house looking spic and span without too much effort. If you say to yourself, I’ll spend 15 minutes each morning doing chores before work, you’ll be amazed how easily you can slot that in. Maybe that’s just running the hoover round, or cleaning a bathroom, but that’s one less thing to do at the weekend. Also tidying up at the end of the day is a good way to keep things tidy. Always put items back where they came from, do your washing up as you go along and just do a quick tidy before you go to bed and you’ll come down to a clean and tidy house. I know it sets me up for a stress-free day as I can come downstairs to find everything I need in the place I expect it to be.
I hope this was useful when you are looking at how to spring clean. What are your handy hints on how you tackle your spring cleaning? How do you go about keeping the house nice and tidy?
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