Spring is just around the corner and after a long winter stuck inside the house, you certainly wouldn’t be alone if your home is in need of a bit of TLC. The long-awaited spring clean is the perfect opportunity to tidy, declutter and blitz the house from top to bottom, getting everything back to ‘shiny and new’ – or as close as it can get! With the right tips and tricks, you can get your spring cleaning done quickly and efficiently, leaving you with even more time to enjoy the new, tidy space. Here are our tips for doing exactly that.
Invest In Storage Early
There’s nothing worse than getting stuck-in with cleaning and organising, only to find out that you just don’t have enough storage space for what you want to keep. Making sure you have storage on hand for anything you want to put away such as decorations or winter clothes, can help speed up the cleaning process in the long-run. Ottomans make for the perfect dual-purpose storage solution, offering a stylish piece of furniture for any room that can act as a seat or surface, as well as a convenient place to store whatever may need a place.
Make A Room-By-Room Checklist
Rather than overwhelming yourself with one long list of things that need to be done, break down the tasks by room. In the bedroom, for example, a list could look something like this:
- Flip the mattress
- Clean under the bed
- Clean out the closet
- Dust all surfaces
- Vacuum The Floor
A checklist for the bathroom, however, will look different and could include anything from washing bath mats, to cleaning down the tiles, floors and walls. By breaking down your checklist into smaller chunks, you can tackle each room one at a time and prevent yourself from getting overwhelmed.
Enlist Help From Your Family
We’d all like to think that everyone chips in when it comes to the cleaning, but the reality can be very different. It can sometimes feel like a solo battle but when it comes to the big spring clean, make sure to enlist some help! If you have kids, get them involved by setting them fun, bite-sized tasks that can help you out along the way. Whether it’s just putting their toys away or putting on a fashion show of their clothes to work out what will or wont stay, injecting a bit of fun into cleaning and tidying can encourage them to get involved and ultimately lessen your own workload.
Try Using Natural Or Homemade Cleaning Products
Cleaning products, particularly those with high volumes of bleach or other toxic chemicals can be harsh to be around for lengthy periods of time. For that reason, more and more people are taking to natural alternatives, as well as their own concoctions to not only reduce the fumes in the home but cut down on the costs too. For a simple, but still lightly scented all-purpose cleaner, you can mix the following ingredients together, leave to infuse for a few days or up to a week, and then use in a spray bottle:
- One part White Vinegar
- One part Water
- Lemon Rind
For a kitchen-specific cleaner, ideal for cleaning off kitchen counters, appliances and even the inside of the fridge, the food-safe mix of 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 quart of warm water offers a simple but effective cleaning solution. You can find all kinds of recipes for self-made cleaners online, including this list of 8 homemade cleaners on GoodHousekeeping.
De-Clutter As You Go
Cleaning and tidying up the home relies on more than just putting things away – it can also be the perfect opportunity to start throwing out the clutter that doesn’t have a place or use. Whether it’s clothes you haven’t touched in a couple of years or that simply doesn’t fit anymore, or those books that have been gathering dust for too long and will likely never be read, de-cluttering will put you in a better position for the year to come. Make sure you organise your clothes, check through the junk drawer, organise that paperwork that’s been gathering dust – anything that will put you in a better position in the coming months.
Get Motivated With Music
Struggling to get motivated? Crank up the music! Whether you make your own playlist or just put your local radio station on, a bit of music can do wonders not only for motivation, but for your mental health. Music can not only make things feel like they’re going faster, but around 94% of people that listen to music while cleaning claim that they felt positive while doing so. 66% even claimed that it made cleaning more enjoyable. Stick on your favourite albums and see just how much of a difference a bit of music can make to your spring cleaning routine.
For more information about our ottomans and blanket boxes and how they can work as the perfect storage solution in your home, feel free to contact a member of our team, today.