How To Spring Clean Your Home

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There’s something about the changing seasons that triggers an internal compulsion to change our homes. It is almost instinctive. It makes sense, of course. Thousands of years ago our ancestors would have made changes to their habitats for survival, and not just for comfort. Perhaps that instinct has been passed down through the generations. Check out our spring cleaning tips and your home will be sparkling in no time.

As you’re working through your home check for any signs of disrepair. Fix any simple issues if possible. However, for more complex problems call a plumber or an electrician.

When cleaning, the best place to start is by tidying. It’s much easier to clean floors and surfaces when any clutter is removed and put away. Gather up any dirty dishes and anything else that is lying around. Throw away garbage and put everything else away. Don’t just hide it by tossing it into a closet and closing the door. Make sure everything has a place. Ensure everything is neat and organized.

Spring is a good time to declutter your home. Consider having a really good sort out and getting rid of any items you no longer need. This can free up space and clear out unwanted junk. Decluttering has lots of health-related benefits.

When cleaning, go through the house or apartment room by room. Begin in one corner and always from the top down. Get rid of dust and cobwebs from ceilings or high shelves first. There’s no point in doing this later after you’ve vacuumed. You’ll only have to repeat the vacuuming later.

When you’re dusting, take each item from the surface and clean it carefully. Clean the surface before replacing it. If you have bookshelves take out each book and dust it before replacing it. It’s surprising how much dust a bookshelf can attract. Go through any cupboards by removing items, cleaning and replacing them.

Don’t forget to clean windows and window sills. Click here for detailed instructions on how to do this.

Once surfaces have been cleaned, you can now work on the floor. Make sure you vacuum underneath and behind furniture. While the vacuum is out, use the tools to clean upholstery such as chairs, sofas and curtains.
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Bathrooms and kitchens will require a little more work. As with the other rooms, clear any rubbish away first. Get rid of empty shampoo bottles and old toilet roll tubes. If you have a small bathroom, it’s a good idea to clear all surfaces. Place items into basket and temporarily remove them. Clear out any cupboards and cabinets, clean inside and get rid of any unwanted items.

This is difficult to do in the kitchen as there are likely to be more items, many of which may be bulky. Clear out kitchen cupboards and get rid of expired or unwanted food. Give the cupboards and drawers a good clean.

Clean all surfaces in the bathroom and kitchen, using appropriate cleaning products for sinks, the shower and the bath. Lift up drain covers and clear any blockages. Clean fans and extractor fans according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Look up hints and tips for cleaning items such as ovens and refrigerators. There’s plenty of advice online.

Following a routine will make this process much simpler the next time round. We like to adhere to the ‘little and often’ rule. It takes a bit of getting used to but it will save you time in the long run. And it means you get to enjoy that ‘clean home’ feeling all year round.