Spring into action!
Monday, 29 September 2014
Spring has officially sprung. And with that warmer breeze and all of the new blooms bursting around you, it’s hard not to get invigorated by the freshness of the season. This makes it the perfect time to put that zest to good use, get out the elbow grease and give your home a thorough spring clean. You’ll find that it can de-clutter your mind as well as your house, and is an important way to give some love back to your home and your investment.
That being said, the task of cleaning your entire house can be daunting and going ahead and picking up the feather-duster isn’t all that easy.
Make a plan
You don’t need to clean the entire house in a day; if you attempt to, you may end up with a whole lot of unfinished jobs. Break up the work-load over a few weekends, or even a couple of months so that the project becomes more manageable. Compile a list of all of the rooms that need cleaning, and what needs to be done in each of the rooms.
Your list could look like this:
2. Clean windows and coverings
3. Clean floors – including moving heavy items
4. Dust surfaces – including light fixtures
5. Oil furniture
You may like to divide your time so that you clean one room in one day. Once you know what needs to be done, make sure you have all of the necessary cleaning supplies.
Get the family involved
If you have kids that seem to vanish with the sound of the vacuum cleaner, now is the time to get them involved. The more hands in scrubbing gloves the better. Assign certain chores to different family members and offer rewards at the end of the day – who knew cleaning could be fun?
Inside to outside
Start with the inside of the house, and work your way out. Take a cobweb broom and clean around the outside of your windows. Apartment dwellers may like to consider talking to other residents about working together to clean communal areas. Depending on how far you want to go with your cleaning blitz, you could extend the project to include the garden.
An important part of every spring clean is to de-clutter, and get rid of things that you no longer use, need or want. While you pack away your winter clothes, use the opportunity to put aside the items you don’t wear anymore. If you find it hard to part with your things, make a rule and stick to it, “if I haven’t worn it in the last year, it goes!” or invite a friend or family member to assist you to make those tough decisions. Once you have a collection of unwanted items, organise a garage sale or take your hoard to your local charity shop.
Let there be light
Now that the sun is making a more regular appearance, throw open your windows, window coverings and doors and maximise the use of natural light. And with your freshly cleaned house, you should have nothing to hide! As well as natural light being said to increase productivity, alertness and mood, you will help the environment and reduce your lighting bill.
After a job well done, get yourself some fresh spring flowers, pop them is some vases and spread them throughout the house as a final touch to decorate your sparkling new home!