Spring Cleaning: Refresh Your Home
Springtime is here, and that can only mean one thing when it comes to your interior – a spring clean. This annual ritual is essential when it comes to ridding your home of all the trash that’s accumulated over the year.
Whilst it’s essential to carry out regular, smaller cleans in order to keep the problem under control, the annual larger-scale, deep clean is also unavoidable. In this article, we’ll take a look at how such a ‘deep clean’ might be performed. But first, we’ll explore why.
Clearing out clutter will improve your mood
As you might expect, an interior that’s crammed to bursting with junk, dust and miscellaneous bric-a-brac is wont to produce feelings of claustrophobia. After all, who wants to live in an environment where there’s barely any room to move?
If you’ve ever moved house, you might have had the illuminating experience of standing in your living room after it’s been emptied of all the furniture. Where, you might ask yourself, did all of this space come from?
By simply removing all of that clutter, you can maximise your free space, and thereby improve your mood. Removing all of that grime, and leaving things sparkling clean can have a similar effect – after all, most people would rather live in a house that looks as good as new than one that’s dilapidated and dirty. Well, the good news is that you needn’t replace all of your walls and furniture – you can simply give them a thorough clean and then enjoy the rest of your year in a stress-free environment.
If you’ve ever tried to relax while in sight of some unfinished task – a sink-full of dirty plates, for example, or a carpet that’s littered with pet-hair – then you’ll know that it’s difficult. If you’re particularly fussy, it might be almost impossible! The same is true of your spring cleaning – by getting it done and out of the way, you’ll be free to spend your time as you see fit, safe in the knowledge that you aren’t procrastinating!
Make good use of your unwanted items
When you’ve finished your spring clean, you’ll likely have amassed a sizeable horde of items that simply no longer fit into your house. Of course, you could simply throw these items away – and many people do. But it’s far better to find another home for them. In the process, you might make yourself some money – or you might raise money for a good cause.
If you’re looking to sell your items, then you might turn to an online marketplace like Ebay, Etsy or Gumtree. If the items you’re looking to offload are too large to be shipped far afield, then you might try your luck in your local newspaper – which is still a vibrant marketplace.
If you can’t get sell your unwanted stuff – because you lack the inclination, or the time, then don’t throw it in the dustbin just yet! There are charity shops all over the country who will happily sell whatever items you cannot. This approach will not only take the item off your hands; it will also raise money for a good cause, and save the nation’s landfills from being clogged with that wardrobe you simply can’t justify keeping.
Take it in stages
Cleaning your entire house in a single sitting is, for most people, a considerable task. And when faced with a considerable task, the best thing to do is often to break it down into manageable chunks. For example, you might devote one day to cleaning the living room, and then another to cleaning the bedroom.
By doing this, you’ll be able to quickly clean the room in question, without having to contemplate the rest of them. This will allow you to do the clean more thoroughly and effectively, and to have a lot more fun while you’re doing it!
Don’t neglect the kitchen
When it comes to the battle dirt and grime, the kitchen is our most important front. After all, it’s the place in our homes where we prepare food – and so cleanliness is essential. The kitchen should be the focal point of your cleaning efforts. If you don’t run the fan on your hood while you’re cooking on the hob, then grease can easily accumulate on your cabinets, and you’ll need to remove this grease using special ‘cabinet cream’, which will remove dirt while preserving the wood beneath.
Of course, even if you are running your hood at full whack, this will be of little use if you haven’t replaced or cleaned the filter within. Check which sort yours is, and then take appropriate action. If you don’t have a properly functioning grease filter, then this isn’t just a source of unsightly dirt – it can represent a fire hazard. So ensure that yours is functioning properly.
Wood floors should be mopped sparingly
If you’ve got hardwood floors, then you might be tempted to clean them regularly, in order to ensure that they’re as clean as possible. But doing so might do more harm than good – if wood is forced to absorb water constantly, it will eventually rot. Prevent this by mopping only every few months, and by doing spot-cleans in between where necessary.
Don’t neglect your bed
Since we humans spend roughly a third of our lives lying in bed, it makes sense that these beds be kept as clean as possible. Clearly, we’re supposed to be changing and laundering our bedsheets and pillowcases every few weeks. But a deeper clean, beneath the mattress, is necessary every so often – in order to ensure that we’re able to sleep in an environment which isn’t saturated by filth.
Wash your windows during poor weather
If you’ve every washed your windows, and found that they’re covered in streaks, then it’s likely that the suds have dried before you’ve gotten a chance to wipe them. The answer? Dry them on a cloudy day, in order to give yourself more time, or wash a smaller window-space before you wipe. Of course, there is a third alternative available – hire a professional!