Spring is characterised by flowers, longer days and more energy all round. But it’s also a season rife with of hayfever and homemaking guilt. Why didn’t we get the carpets cleaned before winter? How did we let the spare room get into such a state? Don’t let yourself get too overwhelmed at the thought of indulging in a little spring cleaning - your future self with love you for it and really, there are lots of ways to avoid any big stress. Here are a few tips for getting your make-over underway.
1. Get those windows sparkling
Here’s one area where a little goes a long way - no need to splurge on nifty cleaning products, just make do with what you already have in the laundry. Windows are often not looking their best after months of winter downpours and withstanding the drastic temperature difference between inside and out, so now’s the time to get them looking fresh again for the hotter weather. Take a bucket or container of warm, soapy water and use a sponge to get right into all of those pesky corners. For drying up, a squeegee is always preferable to cloths or pieces of newspaper which will leave a lint trail.
2. Clean out your light fittings
With summer fast approaching, you might be expecting an onslaught of unwanted visitors - namely, flies, moths and any other kind of creepy crawly than somehow manages to make a beeline for your lampshades and overhanging lights. Best to clean them out now to work with a blank slate. It’s amazing how much brighter your lights will seem. The jury’s out as to whether it’s better to use a cloth or a vacuum cleaner to remove the bug corpses, but always use some wet paper towel to give the fitting a clean before returning it. If you find yourself having a lot of buggy problems, it may be worth looking into a different style of light fitting or even updating your fly screens and insect protection gear.
3. Refresh your linen
Bed linen, towels, tea towels… sometimes it’s hard to let go. If they’ve seen better days, it might be time to skip the big wash and indulge in the big shop instead. Tea towels especially have a short lifespan (not surprising when you think about the quantity of germs they make contact with daily) and scruffy towels, bed sheets and pillow cases can often aggravate skin conditions. Buy a new set of kitchen and laundry sponges and J-cloths while you’re at it.
4. Get philosophical
Minimalist living and mindfulness are trending topics at the moment and it may just be that your home is as much in need of an emotional overhaul as a physical one. A fresh lick of paint may be just what you need to brighten up your mindset; a reshuffling of furniture is a great way to get excited about change. Have a look at some popular decluttering techniques, like the 80-20 rule which states that we wear 20% of our clothing 80% of the time and recommends marking your coat hangers or garments every time you wear them within a one month period. Didn’t wear it? Chuck it, donate it, let it go.
5. Freshen up the fridge
Many a cold, grey day is spent avoiding housework - and the state of our refrigerators after winter is testament to this! You want your fridge and freezer to be in tip-top condition for all that summer ice-cream storage so take the time to clean it out properly. The first step is obviously to throw out anything that’s been lurking at the back since autumn. Remove all items and any internal fittings and wipe everything out. Wash the removable fittings in the sink or just leave them to soak in hot water and baking soda. Reorder your fridge slowly, taking care to store things in the areas most likely to extend their lifespan or prevent contamination. Meats should be double-bagged and stored in the bottom to prevent leakage; always separate fruits and vegetables since some produce odours which will taint or overripen other products.
Messy home got you feeling down? If your kitchen appliances seem in need of a pick-me-up and you can’t quite recall the original colour of your carpet, maybe it’s time to bring in the professionals. Service Central can connect you with a wide range of tradespeople and cleaning services in your local area. Just post your job to receive three free no-obligation quotes today!