Winter is gone, and spring is here. While you can go outside to stretch out and enjoy some warmth, this is the perfect time to put your house in order. Many people cannot get enough time, or morale, to keep their homes well organised and clean enough. This is partly because they have to deal with long dark months, and often come home tired after work. Although you might have plenty of time in your hands to get the house in order, most of us simply want to hibernate, nothing more.
With the sun starting to shine, you should start seeing clutter, streaky windows, and highlights of dust in and around the house. Everything that seemed OK during winter now looks neglected and requiring your attention. While getting some sunshine on your skin might be a good idea, you should consider putting your house back in order first.
Outlined below are several tips and ideas on how you can use one weekend to restore your home to its former glory and cleanness. Here are five steps to follow:
1. Pick A Day for Decluttering
Don’t spend too much time on a single pile. Start with an overfilled drawer or cupboard, and sort the items into three categories: throw away, keep, and pass on. Do not overthink it; just act fast and only put the things you need to hold on to back in the drawers. Once you have decided on the items to keep, you can then store them neatly in easy to reach spots in the cupboard, drawer, etc.
Any items you no longer need should be tossed into the bin immediately. Those that can be passed on can be put in a box and taken to a charity shop. Items that you are unsure of can be put in a black bag, where you will review what to do with them later on. Set a reminder on your phone for this, so you don’t forget about them.
2. Bust the Dust
With clear spaces on most of the surfaces, you can then start busting any accumulated dust. Pick one room at a time – start dusting from the top downwards. Vacuum the doors, walls, light fittings, ceiling, blinds, and curtains before moving to horizontal surfaces. Wipe clean all boards, surfaces, and finally the floor space to leave the room sparkling clean. If dealing with wooden floors, you can then use a steam cleaner or a specialist cleaner for a thorough clean.
3. Put the Shine On
Work on all glass surfaces, starting with the windows, mirrors, and glasses. You can use the traditional method of a newspaper and white vinegar, or use a bespoke cleaner as well. Both approaches help clean glass surfaces very well, leaving them shinier than they were. Working on the glasses brightens the home, giving it the extra shine.
4. Work on the Kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of every home. Although most people spend much of their time in the kitchen, it remains the most misused room in a house. Spending several hours or even a day cleaning and organising the kitchen should however help restore its glory. For the best results, start working from top to bottom; work on the appliance and unit tops, then the door and any high kitchen cabinets. Be careful when working on appliances, and especially those that break easily. Give every surface a nice thorough clean before moving to lower cabinets in the kitchen. You can finish off by cleaning the sink, under the skin, and finally the floor.
If your kitchen looks rather tired, maybe it is time to give it a thorough shakeup and renovation – look at specialists like kitchen showrooms in Camberley for inspiration.
5. Work on the Bathroom
Bathrooms too should not be overlooked when doing your general cleaning. Take everything out from the bathroom drawers and cabinets, then start vacuuming all surfaces. As usual, start from the top all through to the bottom. Be sure to clean all fixtures and fittings to restore the shine they had before winter. With proper attention and cleaning, the bathroom should be as good as new at the end of it all.