A clean home is a happy home! You can learn to love spring cleaning, but only if you do it right. If you come in organised, and ready for the challenge at hand, then it can lead to a real feeling of accomplishment. However, if you try to wing it, it can become a serious uphill struggle.
Make a Checklist
Step one of a successful spring clean is to make a checklist and stick to it. Anyone can make a list, but a detailed, organised checklist can make all of the difference.
Separate the job into rooms, start at the top of the house, and move your way downwards. In each room, start with dusting. Dust moves downwards as you clean, so this will ensure that you don’t have to start again at the bottom once you reach the top.
This seems like a given, but it is so easy to forget something, and that is the vital part of having a checklist.
Make sure you clean every cupboard door, every skirting board, every door, every tap, every fixing, every window, and every surface.
There are some things you never think to clean, but on your one big annual clear-out, you can’t forget about these things.
Remember to dust every ceiling fan and air vent, dust clogs here like in no other place. Don’t forget to take care of cobwebs in the corners of rooms, no matter how tucked away they are.
Whether it is DVDs, CDs, family photos or anything else, make sure everything is organised in a way that is aesthetically pleasing as well as useful to you.
There is a constant argument about whether to store media chronologically or alphabetically, whichever way you choose to go, ensure to stick to it so you can always find what you are looking for.
Don’t be shy to Call in the Experts
There’s a lot of your cleaning that you can take care of yourself, but some of it you may need help with, and there is no shame in that.
For example, it is advisable to call in help with your upholstery cleaning. However hard you try, you can never get your upholstery looking like it did when it was new. The professionals have the professional tools you need.
It gets frustrating when you are scrubbing the same furnishings again and again without getting the effect that you are looking for. If you let the experts handle the most daunting tasks, you can enjoy taking care of the rest of your cleaning necessities without any of the stress.
Why Start Early?
Dust gathers through the winter months, and although it is referred to as ‘spring cleaning’, for the best effect, it is advisable to get your cleaning done a month or two earlier than that.
Not only does this help with the cleanliness of the home, it also helps with your own peace of mind. Once your big clean is done, you will only need to top it up with gentle cleans on a regular basis to keep your house shimmering throughout the year.
Chloe Cotton is editor-in-chief at The Happiest Homes, a leading UK digital home magazine.