Spring is most definitely in the air. There’s no better time to give your home a thorough decluttering and clean, getting the windows open and blowing out the cobwebs. Below are our top tips for tackling the big spring clean, so you can enjoy a fresh, organised home.
Take it room by room
Spring cleaning your whole house can be an overwhelming project. It can help to break it down into chunks, so take your cleaning room by room and try not to start on the next area until you’ve finished one. This can help to avoid your whole home getting disorganized as you work through it, minimizing disruption.
You could make a schedule of what you want to get done in each room, and plan out your timetable, ticking off each section as you go. Whether you’ll be spring cleaning in one weekend or spreading it out over a longer period of time, you’ll know exactly what’s left to do, making it much more manageable.
Declutter what you no longer need
Before you start cleaning your rooms, it can help to declutter first. This can give you a clearer space to clean, and save you wasted time cleaning items that you want to get rid of. You might want to declutter room by room first and then go back through to give everything a clean.
When you declutter, you might have a few categories for what you’re getting rid of, for example, things you want to sell, things you’ll give away, things that need to be thrown or recycled, and things to go to storage. Storage can be a great option for things that are taking up space in your home but that you don’t get the use out of on a day-to-day basis.
For items that are in good condition, but you don’t want to keep, consider selling it on an online marketplace or giving it to charity. For everything else, look at the most sustainable way of getting rid of it – most local tips will have various recycling programmes for items that can’t be taken in the usual recycling bins.
You can also take this opportunity to go through your paperwork. You may have bills, bank statements, and other documents that are no longer valid and can be gotten rid of. Remember, you can use Britannia’s confidential shredding service to destroy your documents and keep your personal information safe.
Collect your equipment first
You’ll want to ensure you’re properly prepared for all your cleaning needs before you get started. This will mean you can stay focused on the task at hand and won’t have to pause what you’re doing to go out and collect supplies.
Think about the rooms you’ll be cleaning and what type of equipment you’ll need. This could include dusters with handles for hard-to-reach corners, microfibre cloths, furniture polish, oven cleaner, and bathroom cleaner. You should also ensure you have plenty of bin bags and your vacuum cleaner is emptied and ready to go.
Work top to bottom
When you get to cleaning, a top tip is to work from the top to bottom. So, start by getting rid of any cobwebs in the corners of the ceiling and then cleaning the tops of wardrobes and books shelves, working your way down so the floor is last. It will save you from having to clean anything twice when dust and debris inevitably floats down.
Don’t forget the nooks and crannies
If you’re doing a big spring clean, you’ll want to ensure it’s done properly. Take this opportunity to move furniture that’s been in one place for a long time. You’ll be surprised how much dust can accumulate behind bookshelves, under beds, and under sofas. Make sure you move everything out and give it a good clean before you put it back. Doing this now can save you a bigger job whenever you move out or if you decide to move furniture around when you buy something new.
Get everyone involved
You don’t have to take on the big spring clean by yourself. You can get the whole family involved – little ones can dust the skirting boards and older kids can help to clean their own rooms. It can be a good opportunity to teach them that cleaning can be fun. Put on their favourite music and make it a positive experience for everyone.