Top Tips For Spring Cleaning
As we head towards spring, many of our homes need a little extra TLC. Some more than ever this year, after months of COVID restrictions mean family members have spent a lot more time indoors, putting more wear and tear on your home.
Here are our top tips to help ensure you don’t become overwhelmed by the spring cleaning process.
Section your home
Looking around your home, it’s easy to become completely overwhelmed by the decluttering and spring cleaning tasks ahead. Each room or space in your house, needs to be inspected and planned for. Chances are a spring clean will take more than just one weekend, so to avoid disappointment, allocate timeframes to each area.
To reduce the stress, keep your spring cleaning activity to one room or space at a time. You might start with the master bedroom and ensuite, or perhaps the garage, or the under stairs storage area. Regardless of how you approach the task, it’s important to complete one area before moving on to the next.
Start at the top
It’s tempting to pick everything up off the floor, or remove the clutter from surfaces to see some quick progress. But don’t fall to temptation - working from the top down is the best approach.
Start by dusting the ceiling lightshades and ceiling fans, then wipe walls and high cabinetry, shelves, ledges and items of furniture such as tables, chairs and lounges. Don’t forget to empty, wipe, and sort cupboards, wipe down ornaments, trinkets and other items. If you’re not sure if there’s still a place for an item in the room, put it aside and deal with it once the room is clean.
Cleaning the floor should be the last job in each room – the logic here being that dust and dirt will drop to the floor as you go, so it’s the last place to clean up.
Sort excess items
Create a sorting area for items that you need to move on – and sort them into categories such as:
· Junk/ Rubbish
You certainly don’t need to have all of these categories represented – but labelling the piles will help make it clear where they need to go! Make sure you have plenty of bags on hand to handle the donations, rubbish or recycling items.
Wipe down everything
This includes the toilet cistern, the top of tall cupboards, rubbish bins and electrical equipment. If you don’t wipe down everything in each room, you’ll notice it once the rest of your house is sparkling!
Have the right cleaning equipment
Make sure you’ve got everything you need to get the job done. Reduce the amount of disposable products by having plenty of cloths and cleaning products on hand. Reduce the amount of chemicals you use – try soapy water, a duster or baking soda and vinegar where you can. Lint rollers, vacuum attachments and the old fashioned duster can really work a treat!
Clean your filters & parts
Your annual spring clean is a great time to remember to clean the filters in your house. The clothes dryer, air conditioning unit, kitchen extractor fan, dishwasher components, even your hairdryer and other electrical devices all have filters or parts that need to be cleaned regularly. Don’t forget to clean your vacuum filter as soon as you’ve finished your spring clean.
Kitchen, Bathrooms & Laundry
Kitchens and bathrooms are areas in everyone’s home that generally need the most attention. Regardless of how clean and tidy you are, there’s always room for surprise with he amount of dirt, oil, mould and other “grot” that you find in these places.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed at the idea of cleaning your kitchen. From the fridge and benches, to the floor, oven, stovetop, dishwasher and bench top appliances, there are so many specialist items that all need a good clean. Follow the top to bottom rule, work through your appliances systematically, and remember, if you haven’t used it for a year, you probably don’t need it!!!
When it comes to cleaning your bathrooms it’s important to get into every nook and cranny. Don’t forget that white vinegar can be very helpful in attacking new growths of mould – but if the mould has been hanging around for a while, you probably need to look at cleansing with mould killer or bleach.
In the laundry, it’s not uncommon to find thick clumps of lint in the most random of places – so make sure you check under your washing machine, on the walls and in any accessible backings to your appliances. Not only can dusty linty build-up cause allergies, but they can become a fire hazard if not removed regularly. You can remove dirt and detergent residue from your washing machine by running an empty hot water cycle with 2 cups of white vinegar poured into the machine.
The joy & mental health benefits of decluttering
Did you know that decluttering and organising your home can have positive mental health impacts? Our environment impacts our mood, and studies have shown that people living in a cluttered environment experience elevated levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.
So the simple rule here is: get rid of stuff you don’t need! As a general rule, if you haven’t used it in the past 12 months, you probably don’t need it.
If you feel overwhelmed by the amount of stuff you have lying around, and don’t know how to get rid of it, call Crackers’ Clearout. We can help sort and dispose of unwanted items, junk, donations and recycling. Call 1300 257 688 for a quote today.