Get cleaning this spring to banish the winter blues...
September 06, 2016
Spring cleaning is a time-honoured way to banish winter blues and give your home a revamp.
Before you begin, ensure you have a rubbish-removal plan (access to a skip or trailer) to ensure the mess doesn’t simply move from inside to outside. Focus your attention on one room or area at a time, de-cluttering and tidying before giving it a thorough clean from top to bottom.
Bedrooms and Wardrobes
Spruce up your bedding and edit your wardrobe to turn your bedroom into a restful retreat.
Wash and pack away winter bedding; replace with summer bedlinen
Wash or replace pillows
Move bed and vacuum underneath
Turn, rotate and air mattress
Empty drawers. Remove items no longer needed, wipe clean and organise remaining items using drawer containers or dividers
Keep only what fits well, looks good and makes you feel great.
Clean empty wardrobe then organise your clothes, placing similar items together.
Little people’s bedrooms can quickly become messy.
Keep the floor clear with colourful baskets/tubs for toys, shoes, sporting equipment
Label containers and arrange frequently used items within easy reach
Use clear hanging shoe storage to organise small items such as hair ties and toys.
Add a laundry basket if needed.
Sell, donate or recycle unused or outgrown toys and clothes.
Wash kitchen walls and ceiling.
Clear out the pantry, remove expired foods and organise like items together.
Empty and clean fridge, defrost the freezer if needed, discard expired food.
Tidy drawers and cupboards
Clean all surfaces including work surfaces and cupboard doors
Clean all appliances, including the oven, cooktop, microwave and dishwasher, inside and out.
Check for and safely dispose of old/unused cleaning products.
Empty bathroom cabinets, removing expired medications and old cosmetics.
Clean grout and replace broken seals around the shower, bath or basin.
Check washers in taps and toilet and replace if needed.
If conditions allow, consider adding an indoor plant to create a breath of fresh air in what can be a busy space.
Review your collection of books, movies, music and games. Keep only what you use and really treasure.
If you have a fireplace, use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to pick up as much dust as you can before detailing with a damp cloth.