Refresh, Renew and Reorganise for Spring
With spring well and truly in the air and perhaps a little more time on our hands, now is a great time to restore some order to our lives and to give your home a well-deserved refresh.
Being confined to our homes working, schooling and living for so many months it’s not surprising that our homes are looking messier and feeling much more cluttered than usual. We’ve become used to leaving things that we use every day out rather than putting them away, which we can multiply that by the number of people in the household. With spring well and truly in the air, now is a great time to restore some order to our lives and to give your home a well-deserved refresh.
If the thought of cleaning your whole house so daunting that you just put it off until another day, break it down to a room by room challenge and it will be much more manageable. A great way to begin is to simply put things away. Start by picking up everything that doesn’t belong in that room. While you are working you can also clean newly revealed surfaces with a damp cloth. Once you have done the rooms you can then tackle the cupboards, closets and drawers. You will be able to create space for storage by putting everything you no longer need either in the rubbish, recycling or taking it to a goodwill store. In kitchens and bathrooms, check the use by date of foods and medications.
The saying “Everything has a place and there’s a place for everything” is a principal worth following. A helpful tip to decide just where that place should be is to think about the first place you would look if you were searching for that item. Storing items that are required at the same time of year, together, also makes good sense. Once everything is stored in a logical and consistent place, you and the rest of the household will be more likely to put that item away again after it has been used. If you are lacking in space, you can invest in storage containers that fit under the bed or decorative baskets for mail and bills.
Again, a room by room approach is more realistic and more likely to succeed. Start at the top with light-fittings and marks on walls. There will be a lot of dust built up under furniture especially the hardest to move items. Cleaning windows is a satisfying job because it reaps instant results. But don’t forget the tops of the blinds and curtains. In the bedroom many mattress manufacturers recommend rotating of flipping the mattress every 12 months. Deep-cleaning the kitchen will involve sprucing inside the cupboards as well as power cleaning the oven, stove-top, fridge and freezer. Now is also the time to tackle the unsightly mould that has been building up in the shower recess.
Choice have created a handy checklist for preparing your home for spring here.
Discover more handy tips for around the house below: