31st March 2020
The clocks have gone forwards, the daffodils are out. It all means one thing – it’s time to start the spring clean.
Here are our tips for making the annual clean up easier and more effective.
It’s time to plan.
If your home is anything like ours, you need to start with a plan of attack. You can’t just jump in to do the whole house in a day, it’s too overwhelming. Start with one room at a time and – just in case your enthusiasm wanes before the end – we would suggest picking the room that needs it the most.
Encourage the whole family to help
Getting the children to help with the spring clean may feel like more of a chore, but it’s worth it. Younger children like to be involved in whatever you are doing anyway, but let’s be honest, teenagers may need more of a bribe.
Are you repurposing some space? If you declutter the spare room, could it be used as a games room? Or, if you were tidying the home office and adding extra storage, could you fit in a desk for homework? There’s usually a way to do more with the space you have, with just a little creativity.
Gather all the equipment you need before you start
There’s nothing more aggravating than getting halfway through a job and having to go hunt down supplies. Make sure you have everything you need before you start – bin bags for the rubbish and all the polishes, window cleaner and cloths you’ll need.
Create piles for recycling and charity
Have boxes or bags ready as you sort through the clutter. You can label one for recycling, one for charity and one for storage – that’s the things you don’t need every day but want to keep. You may not be able to take your belongings to the charity shops or your storage unit today, but having it prepared and out of the way means the task won’t take long to finish.
Give everyone a cleaning responsibility
Everyone in the family can be responsible for one part of the cleaning. Younger children can dust shelves and put toy pieces back in the boxes, old children can clean windows; everyone can have a turn with the vacuum and feather duster.
A few areas you might not think about
Although we are used to dusting ornaments, there are a few parts of every room that we often forget about. With a damp cloth, wipe down your skirting boards and doors. Just because we can’t see it doesn’t mean that dirt and dust isn’t accumulating here.
Plug sockets and light switches, keyboards and telephones are another place we touch a lot, but don’t think to clean. Don’t get these too wet though, or you could cause damage.
Don’t forget to look up. There are a lot of places in the house we never think about cleaning as we don’t see them, such as the tops of doors, light fittings and tall cupboards.
Take your time and turn up the music
As we said, you can’t clean the whole house in a day. Take one room at a time, turn on your music and blast some tunes, throw the windows open and make your spring cleaning part of your daily exercise.
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