The ultimate spring cleaning guide for your home
Go room by room
Remember to focus on one room at a time, otherwise it can become overwhelming. You may not be able to finish it all in one weekend, but splitting up the tasks will speed up your progress and give you the satisfaction of seeing one room sparkling clean, before moving onto the next. Recruit family members to help and try to get the kids involved by turning your spring clean into a fun game like a treasure hunt.
Sell, donate and toss
Separate clutter into three piles: one to sell, one to donate to charity and one to throw away. You can always review these piles later on to see if you’ve changed your mind, but simply moving the items away from their regular spot will give you more clarity as to whether you really use, need or want them in your home. Once you’ve de-cluttered, put everything in its rightful place, so the room is easier to clean.
Make it shine
Spring cleaning is all about those once-a-year tasks that tend to be forgotten. Snap on some gloves and get stuck into this spring cleaning checklist:
- Wash windows, bug screens, door frames, walls and skirting boards
- Clean carpet, rugs, mattresses, pillows and duvets
- Dust light fixtures, ceiling fans, air-conditioning vents and photo frames
- Vacuum behind and under furniture, refrigerators and other appliances
- Clear dirt and debris from the outside walls, roof and gutters.
Add some color
Freshen up your home with a lick of paint or some new accessories that will help you get in the mood for summer entertaining. Don’t forget that your backyard or balcony garden is an outdoor room and may also need some TLC, with a fresh batch of plants and some serious weeding and watering. Scrub any grime or mold off outdoor furniture and add some colorful cushions to bring new life into your outdoor area. Indoors, consider replacing any worn or stained linen and liven up your living areas with fresh flowers or beautifully fragrant candles.
Once you get going, it’s almost a shame to stop! You can spring clean your wardrobe by getting your winter coats and clothes dry-cleaned and packed away, ready for next winter. Go through your bathroom cupboard and safely discard any medicines or products that are empty or out of date. Replace your toothbrush, make-up sponges and other daily items. While you’re cleaning the cupboards in your kitchen, take out any foods that are stale, past their use-by date or just looking a bit grim.
Do you spring clean your home every year? What tips do you have for getting your home ready for summer? Let us know by commenting on the blog or on our Facebook page!