Spring has finally arrived. Your excuses are gone. We have longer days and warmer temperatures. Our energy is spiking with spring, so it is time to dive into spring cleaning and get our house in shape.
Have you ever stopped to wonder why we don’t get all of that indoor cleaning done during the cold months of winter? Those short days and cold temperatures make us feel like grizzly bears; we want to curl up and hibernate. While it may seem like the perfect opportunity to clean, who really wants to haul rubbish bags out to the street in freezing cold darkness?
It is time to take advantage of the daylight savings time and use our added evening light. The sun is showcasing our dirty windows, the dust-covered awnings and all the leaves that piled up behind the house. It is the perfect time to start cleaning before the heat of summer comes crashing down on us.
Our Five Steps to a Clean Home
Are you not sure where to start? Are you dreading spending every weekend cleaning? Our quick cleaning guide will help you get everything done in a single weekend, leaving the rest of spring free for fun.
Here are our five steps to a cleaner home:
If there are any items you are really unsure about then put them into a black bag to be reviewed in a month or so – but put a reminder in your phone to do this, otherwise you will forget!
Your first day of cleaning is going to be fun. It is time to declutter and eliminate. Start going through the cabinets, the shelves, the bookcases and getting rid of anything you don’t need. Set up three different areas for what you find: a keep pile, a chuckout pile, and a giveaway pile.
Don’t hesitate when you pick up an item. Decide instantly which pile it goes in and then move on. Once you finish sorting an area, put away only the items you put in the keep pile. The giveaway pile should be taken to a charity store immediately. You already know what to do with that chuckout pile.
Clean and Tidy – Day 2
Dust Busting 101
Now there is clear space, do a one-stop dust, polish and vacuum: every surface of every room from the top of the house downwards. Start by vacuuming the ceiling, light fittings, walls, doors, curtains, and blinds. Then dust and polish all horizontal surfaces. End by hoovering the skirting boards then every inch of floor space. Wooden floors can then be cleaned with a specialist cleaner or steam cleaner.
Now that you have created some room around the house, it is time to get rid of the dust. Grab your duster, dust mop and vacuum. It is time to make a quick trip through the entire house getting rid of dust. Start upstairs and work towards the basement. Dust falls, so you want to clean from top to bottom. The same is true in your rooms. Clean the ceiling fans, lights, window sills, and door sills first. Then move down to your cabinets and lower surfaces. Finish each room by cleaning the hardwood floors, or vacuuming. If you feel really ambitious, you can steam clean carpets at the same time.
Make It Glitter and Shine
Those windows and mirrors have been ignored all winter. It is time to let the light shine into your home once again. You can use a commercial glass cleaner, or mix up your own solution using white vinegar and water; both work great. Use a cloth, chamois, or newspaper to clean the glass. (Yes, a newspaper does work fine.) Sparkling clear glass lets the light shine in and brings your house to life.
Kill Kitchen Grime
If you are like most families, the kitchen is the hub of activity. The kids traipse through to get a snack. You spend time in the kitchen cooking. Everyone shows up for meals. And everyone disappears when it is time to clean.
Now is the time to restore your kitchen’s shine. Use the top-down rule again. Start with your highest shelves and the tops of appliances. Let the dirt fall downward, where you will continue to clean. Make sure to take a few minutes to clean stubborn dirt. You may need a good degreaser for the stove, and a de-limer for the sink area.
Finish up with cleaning your floors and sinks to make sure everything sparkles.
Is your kitchen starting to show its age? It may be time to renovate your kitchen, bringing new life and added value to your home. Or just add a few new features such as glass splashbacks from Hampshire.
Bust the Bathroom Beast
Did we put the bathroom last for a reason? We’ll let you decide. The bathroom may be the room everyone hates to clean the most, but it is one of the most important. Take all the loose items you can out of the bathroom so you can thoroughly vacuum and clean all hard surfaces. Once again, start at the top and work down. As you bring everything back into the bathroom, double check to make sure each item is dust free and clean.
These five steps can be completed in a single weekend if you are willing to work at it. Just imagine your satisfaction at seeing your home sparkling clean, and knowing the rest of the spring is yours.