Walking through the front door into a home that smells, looks and feels clean as a whistle is seriously satisfying. But cleaning every inch of your home can be a daunting task and let’s be honest, probably doesn’t happen all the time.
Where to start? What to use? Where to prioritise?
If you want to spring clean your home this year, check out these four top tips for spring cleaning your house that will help you refresh your space in no time…
1. Get rid of clutter
Before you start cleaning, you need to organise your space. That means getting rid of any clutter or items you simply don’t need or don’t use. We had a huge de-clutter before we moved to Spain last year and having less ‘stuff’ in your home can make such a difference to your life.
If you’re unsure what to chuck and what to keep, ask yourself: what would you replace if you lost everything? Make a list of essentials you’d definitely go out and buy – perhaps a sofa, bed, wardrobe, TV etc. Anything that doesn’t make the list can go. Of course, you’ll have certain things that you can’t get rid of but may clutter your space, like kids’ toys or paperwork. In this case, invest in clever storage solutions that will keep your home looking neat and tidy.
2. Tackle one room at a time
As spring cleaning can be a little overwhelming, try to just tackle one room at a time. This is the most effective way to deep-clean as it reduces the likelihood of you potentially forgetting things if you move from room to room.
It’s worth writing a list of everything you want to spruce up in each space – paying closest attention to areas that aren’t regularly cleaned. For instance, it’s unlikely you clean the fabric of your sofa, inside your oven, or your curtains or blinds every week, so put those tasks at the top of your list.
3. Invest in the right equipment
To become a spring-cleaning pro, you’ll need to invest in the right products and tools for the job. Of course, you’ll need quality cleaning products that will get to work on those tough stains and grease. But there are certain jobs around the home that require more than just cleaning solutions and elbow grease.
Specialist equipment like a wet vac may be required if you need to deep-clean carpets and upholstery, for example. There are companies you can pay to do this for you, but this can be a little pricey and you’re restricted to their time slots and availability. If you’re keeping a close watch over your finances, it may be worth investing in your own specialist cleaning equipment that you can use each time you want to spring clean for years to come.
4. Get the whole family involved
There’s no reason you have to tackle a spring clean of the whole house by yourself, especially if you have to try and fit work in as well. Write up a chart to show everyone in the family what their dedicated cleaning jobs are and stick it somewhere visible such as the fridge. There are plenty of chores that children of all ages can do, sometimes you just need to make it fun to encourage them to get involved. Turn on some music and set them a challenge to see who can finish their chore first.
If you and your partner divide the rooms between you, you can get your spring clean done in half the time!
Ultimately, how you tackle your spring clean is up to you – but hopefully these top tips for spring cleaning your house will make your space cleaner and brighter in no time.
Are you going to be undertaking a big spring clean in the next few weeks? Do you have any great spring cleaning tips to share?