Clean and sweep your way to a fresh new start in 2016
Spring has finally arrived and there’s no better time to clear and deep clean your home than right now. You can tackle the lot in 3 days by following these steps and hacks, then spend plenty of time relaxing before the Summer months. Find out how to effectively spring clean your home below!
For each room, you’ll need one box for storage, one box for donations and one box for recycling items as well as one rubbish bag.
Top tip: Play some music to motivate your mood!
Day one: Declutter each room
Tip: A bathroom can’t be thoroughly cleaned until it is clear
Tip: Before starting, really consider what you need and use in your bedroom
Tip: Declutter a single shelf, drawer or cupboard at a time.
Tip: If you’ve got an overwhelming collection of CD’s and DVD’s, purchase a fabric disc case to keep your assortment in one place.
Day two: Donate, recycle or store stuff
After sorting your items into piles when decluttering, it’s now time to get them all in the right places, whether that’s the tip, a charity shop or a self-storage unit.
Donate: books, clothes, household furniture, exercise machines, unwanted food to a food bank
Recycle: old paint cans, junk mail, newspapers, magazines, old cards, CD and DVD cases, household batteries, old power cords
Self-storage: Keepsakes that you’ll want at a later date, old photographs, records, children’s school work, toys, off-season clothing, general boxes of items that are taking up too much space, household furniture
Day three: Clean each room
“Tidy surroundings + tidy mind = happiness!”
Top tip: use existing household items as cleaning products when you spring clean your home!
Window cleaner: Mix white vinegar with water for the perfect window and glass cleaner. This solution will also eliminate bad odours and stains.
Furniture/wood polish: Blend lemon juice with olive oil to shine wood surfaces perfectly. Lemon juice also works as a great disinfectant.
Multi-purpose cleaner: Mix white vinegar with lemongrass oil and washing up liquid to produce an effective cleaning spray for all purposes.
Use baking soda for a range of deep cleaning purposes including polishing silver, remove scuff marks on floors and even unclog drains!
Clean and wash curtains, floors, cushion cases, counters, bedding and all surfaces to gain the real clean effect, this will be much easier since the de-clutter on day one
Top tip: Designate washing and clothes to one room! Many people have piles of washing and clothes lying around in random rooms of their home which limits space.
Day four: It’s time to relax!
Take a bubble bath, sit back and admire your hard work. Summer is guaranteed to not be as cluttered and busy with a fresh, tidy, clear and clean home.