Spring Cleaning Made Easy: Tips And Tricks For Cleaning And Decluttering
Spring is in the air which means it’s time to give your home some love. So get ready to declutter, spend some time cleaning the often neglected parts of your home and get organised! Check out our must dos, tips and ideas to help you tackle your spring clean and get your home feeling fresh and bright once again.
Start out with a spring cleaning checklist. Begin by listing jobs that you have avoided such as cleaning windows, air-conditioning vents, fans or even door fixtures. Then, make sure you have all the appropriate products and materials. There is nothing more frustrating than reaching for something you don’t have.
Begin with decluttering. It is a must and should be done before you start any form of cleaning. Go through closets, drawers and cupboards, and use the three pile method; one pile to keep, one to donate and one to throw out. Once you have decided on what you are going to keep, find a better way to organise it before stuffing it back into the cupboard.
Don’t forget the kitchen. Spring is the perfect time to clean out old food from the fridge and pantry that has been hiding away. Check out how to organise your pantry like a pro for tips on organising and storing your food.
Remember to start at the top and work down in each room to avoid falling dust and debris ruining your clean floors. Don’t forget the ceiling, high shelves, windowsills and skirting boards. And, remember to move furniture to get rid of dust you can’t see in places like behind the fridge, toilet and television.
Don’t forget the walls! While we spend a lot of time sweeping, mopping and vacuuming our floors, we can often forget that the walls in our home can also collect unwanted germs and dust. Use a damp towel and wipe them over with a cloth, beginning at the top.
On a roll? Your spring clean doesn't have to stop inside. Why not spend time on some long overdue maintenance work outside. September is a great time to tackle outdoor jobs because it is the perfect temperature, not too hot, not too cold.
Now with all the cleaning comes a lot of exposure to toxins and chemicals. Here at Modern Life we love steam cleaners as they can be used for so many areas of your home, are 100% chemical-free AND they do an amazing job! But when the steam cleaner just won't do the job and a trip to the shops is in order, look for products that are biodegradable and non-toxic. If you want to use products you already have in the pantry, try two parts vinegar and one part water in a spray bottle. It makes for a great all-purpose cleaner.
Now, let spring into your home by changing out seasonal items. Change a knitted throw for a linen one, pack away the extra blankets and winter coats, and bring out some bright towels and cushions to help make your home light and bright. Maybe even rearrange some furniture for a nice update without the cost.
And remember, while the idea of a spring clean may be daunting, it doesn't have to be done at all once. Break rooms and jobs up into manageable chunks and tackle a bit at a time.
Now reward yourself with a fresh bunch of flowers for all your hard work. There is nothing better than the smell of spring.