Spring is a time for new beginnings and renewal, and what better way to celebrate than with some spring cleaning?
It may seem overwhelming at first, but with the right tips and tricks, you can make your home sparkle and shine in no time. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the best spring cleaning tips and the biggest spring cleaning chores to help you get started.
Spring Cleaning Tips
Remember, when it coms to spring cleaning there’s no need to rush into all your chores. In fact, it’s best not to consider them chores at all! If you can look at spring cleaning as a therapeutic way of improving your life, then it will fly by a lot easier. What’s more, cleaning can be perfect for relaxing the mind and listening your yourself – as well as giving you a good workout!
So, here are five tips for spring cleaning your house and feeling great at the same time…
Tip 1: Declutter
Before you start any deep cleaning, it’s essential to declutter your home. Go through each room and get rid of anything you don’t need or use anymore. This includes clothes, toys, books, and any other items that are taking up space. You can donate items to charity, sell them online, or simply throw them away.
Use the Marie Kondo method of asking “does it spark joy?” when considering whether or not to throw something out. If you haven’t worn a pair of trousers for two years and they don’t give you job, then it’s time to take them to a clothes swap or charity shop.
Decluttering not only helps to create more space in your home, but it also makes cleaning much easier. When there are fewer items to clean around, you can get the job done much more efficiently.
Tip 2: Make a List
To keep yourself organised, make a list of everything you want to accomplish during your spring cleaning. This can include specific tasks for each room in your home, such as deep cleaning carpets or washing windows. Having a checklist ensures that you don’t forget anything and allows you to track your progress as you work.
Tip 3: Start with the Biggest Chores
When it comes to spring cleaning, there are some tasks that are more significant than others. These tasks may take more time and effort, so it’s best to start with them first. Here are some of the biggest spring cleaning chores:
Deep Cleaning Carpets
Carpets are a magnet for dirt, dust, and allergens. To deep clean your carpets, start by vacuuming them thoroughly to remove any loose dirt or debris. Then, use an eco-friendly carpet cleaner or steam cleaner to remove any remaining dirt and stains. You can rent a carpet cleaner from a local hardware store or hire a professional carpet cleaning service to do the job for you. There are plenty of eco cleaning companies around.
Windows are another area that can get quite dirty, especially during the winter months. To clean your windows, start by using an eco-friendly microfibre cloth or natural sponge to remove any dirt or grime from the surface. Then, use a window cleaning solution and a clean cloth to wipe down the glass. Don’t forget to clean the window sills and tracks as well, as these can be places where mould and grime thrive.
Deep Cleaning the Kitchen
The kitchen is one of the most used areas in the home, so it’s important to give it a thorough cleaning during your spring cleaning. Start by cleaning out your fridge and freezer, discarding any expired food items, with an eco-friendly cleaning spray. Then, wipe down all surfaces, including countertops, cabinets, and appliances. Don’t forget to clean the oven and stovetop as well, and the splash-back behind the hob.
It’s also worth changing your hob hood filter if you can. These filters get clogged with grease but often we don’t notice until it’s incredibly grimy.
Deep Cleaning the Bathroom
The bathroom is another area that can get quite dirty and is often overlooked during regular cleaning. To deep clean your bathroom, start by scrubbing the toilet, sink, and bathtub or shower with a cleaning solution. Then, wipe down all surfaces, including the walls and floors. Don’t forget to clean the mirrors and any other fixtures, such as towel racks and toilet paper holders.
Bathrooms are also mould traps if you don’t have adequate ventilation. Targeting black mould in bathrooms is a year-round job, not one reserved solely for spring. You can buy eco-friendly mould killer that removes black stains and keeps your bathroom wares fresh and clean.
Tip 4: Use Natural Cleaning Products
When it comes to cleaning your home, it’s important to use products that are safe for you and your family. Many commercial cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can be harmful to your health and the environment.
Instead, opt for natural cleaning products that are made with ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils.
Tip 5: Work from Top to Bottom
When cleaning a room, it’s important to work from top to bottom. Start by dusting the ceiling and light fixtures, then move on to the walls, windows, and surfaces. Finish by doing the carpets and skirting boards. It’s important to go “top to bottom” because if you begin by cleaning the floors and skirting boards, you’re probably going to get them dusty and dirty again when you clean the higher-placed items. And that means you’ll have to do the job again!
When to start spring cleaning
There’s never a bad time to begin spring cleaning but most people do it when the weather has got slightly warmer. This means you’re not going to get chilly hands when washing things in cold air, and you can get outside to washing windows and dry curtains without feeling the chill.
And remember, spring cleaning can take time and no-one expects you to get in done in one day. Take your time, split duties between cups of tea or little breaks, listen to the radio or get a friend round to help, and enjoy transforming your home for the new year!