Spring is finally here and with it comes milder temperatures and lighter nights. Spring is the right time to get your house in order. I am sure that spring cleaning can seem illogical. Most of us do not feel like going anywhere much over winter. We go to work in the dark and come back home in the dark and cannot face going out again.
So you would think that the long dark months are ideal for getting houses in order, but most of us feel like hibernating during these months. The sun starts to shine and it highlights all the clutter, dust, streaky windows and other things you neglected in winter. Luckily, you can now start getting things sorted and get your house in order.
Five Steps to Spring Cleaning
This article is going to help you do proper spring cleaning in a weekend. You can devote only one weekend to getting your house in order and enjoy the rest of the spring knowing that you have done a great job. So, without further ado, here are the steps to spring cleaning.
Declutter within One Day
Avoid spending more time than you need to on decluttering. To speed up the decluttering process, classify every overfilled drawer or cupboard and a pile of stuff into 3 major categories: keep/ throw/pass on. Ensure that you only put back things that you are going to keep. Store these things neatly where you can easily access them whenever you need them.
Throw away those items in the second category: off to the tip or into the bin. The stuff in the ‘pass on’ category should be taken to a charity shop unless there will be a home collection any time soon. If you have some items that you are not sure about, put them into a black bag and review them in a month or so. Put a reminder somewhere to tell you not to forget to review the items you are unsure about.
Bust the Dust
Now that there is a clear space, it is time to give a one-stop dust, polish and vacuum to every surface of each room from the top to the bottom. Start your cleaning by vacuuming the walls, ceiling, doors, walls, blinds and curtains. Once you are done, dust and polish horizontal surfaces. Finally, hover the skirting boards then every inch of floor space. It is good to have wooden floors cleaned by a steam cleaner or specialist cleaner.
Cleaning all your windows, mirrors and glass can help you get your house sparkling. You can clean glass, mirrors and windows using a bespoke cleaner or using the old-fashioned method that many people claim to be effective – a mixture of water and white vinegar applied with a cloth or newspaper. Gleaming glass can make your home look very beautiful.
Thoroughly Clean Your Kitchen
Most of us see our kitchen as the heart of our home. This makes our kitchens look like the most lived-in room (not in a good way, of course). Therefore, it is good to bring your kitchen back to life. When it comes to cleaning your kitchen, start top down with the tops of appliances and units.
Take a break to clean every appliance including descaling if necessary. Next, clear every surface and clean it thoroughly. Finally, work on your lower kitchen cabinets and your sink and floor. If you realise that your kitchen still looks tired even after cleaning it thoroughly, it is time to start planning for a new kitchen. Check out showrooms such as Stone and Chrome.
Beautify Your Bathroom
Clean your bathrooms from top to bottom. Start by removing everything from the bathroom before vacuuming the floor and the walls. Finally, clean all surfaces and bathroom fittings thoroughly. Do this and your bathroom will look attractive again.