It’s March; the air is still fresh but doesn’t have that harsh bite that winter does and the sun stays out for more than 5 minutes. And the best part is that we’re starting to think about transitioning our homes away from the hibernation den that they’ve turned into over winter, into something fresh, clean and inviting.
Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s all about spring cleaning, some simple organising tricks can go a long way to refreshing your home. We outline some of our favourite cleaning tips and hacks:
One of the best cleaning hacks is almost not a hack at all… Do your spring cleaning in manageable chunks. Usually room-by-room is the best bet. We recommend getting the worst room out of the way first – usually the kitchen or bathroom. These rooms often get the dirtiest so you get the hard work out the way first. And also get the best ‘bang for your buck’ and the motivation to carry on once you’ve seen a job well done. Biting off more than you can chew can get you disheartened.
You know they say that a bad workman blames his tools? While that may be true, we also know that a good workman ensures he has the right equipment to do the job. For us doing the spring cleaning, that means having the right tools. It really is amazing what a new vacuum cleaner is capable of compared to one that’s even only a few years old.
If you’ve got carpets, renting or buying a dedicated carpet cleaner can make a huge difference to the appearance and feel of a room. You’ll be amazed at the colour of the water once it’s done…
On a smaller scale, make sure your sponges, cloths and brushes/mops are clean. Sounds simple, but this is often overlooked.
Do you have grease stains on clothing, table cloths or even walls? Well humble chalk can help you remove them. Simply rub chalk on the affected area (ideally as quickly as possible) and either put in the washing machine or rinse with a damp towel (in the case of things that can’t be washed). The chalk should help soak up some of the oil and make it easier to remove.
One of our favourite cleaning hacks for the home as it uses the very thing that makes a microwave dirty, to make it clean… Simply put a bowl or cup of white vinegar in the microwave and turn it on for a minute or so. The steam generated will work itself into those stains and make them easy to just wipe away.
Remember when we said you need to have the right tools for the job? Well as with everything, there’s always an exception. In this case, old (clean) socks can be excellent for dusting hard to reach areas such as blinds and radiators. Just use it like a sock puppet – you’ll have most of the dexterity of your hands without having to hold anything.
A lot of us have pets and we love them, but many also drop their hair all over the place and it can be especially difficult to get it out of upholstery. If you don’t want to get the hoover out, put on a pair of rubber gloves, make them wet and simply rub your hand over the upholstery. The moisture and the friction of the rubber glove should pull any hair out.
Spring cleaning your home unavoidably means you have to move things around and go through the back of the cupboards. As you do this, you’ll inevitably find stuff you didn’t know you had, and then come to the expected conclusion that if you didn’t know you had it, you probably don’t need it now.
Decide what you want to keep and what you want to throw away. If you are running out of space, then consider using self storage for items you only want to use, or refer to, once in a while. It is a great storage solution for large record or book collections, so give it a try. Have a look at how you can benefit from decluttering storage.
Instead of throwing your unwanted stuff away donate it to charity, but anything else that’s taking up valuable room but isn’t needed right now, put into storage.