Five Top Tips for a successful spring cleaning spree
With Spring so close you can almost taste it, there’s no better time to think about a home refresh. No matter where you live it’s time to sweep away the cobwebs and prepare for the warmer seasons ahead – and if you are thinking of moving this year, a declutter and deep clean is probably due! Cleaning before your move will save you money and time on your moving day, both on the way out and on the way in.
For those in need of some general moral support and advice – we’ve compiled five of our top tips for a successful cleaning spree so you can start spring in style.
1. Get organised
Every home needs a well-stocked cleaning pantry – full of all the cleaning essentials that you could possibly need for a really good spring clean. Get started by taking stock and gathering your supplies from around the home – such as bathroom cleaners, multi-purpose sprays, glass cleaner, bleach, and microfibre cloths – and purchase the one-off products, such as dishwasher cleaner, sink unblocker and an oven cleaner. Once you’ve got your materials, break it down – approaching your house room by room is the most effective way to deep clean it. Create cleaning checklists for each room to help you get organised and to remind you to focus on the areas which have been heavily used.
2. Clear the clutter
Spring Cleaning isn’t just about cleaning, it’s about getting rid of things you don’t need to create calm and useful spaces in your home. This can often feel extremely overwhelming, so start small! The “Man Drawer” is often a good place to start – a space that can be very quickly reorganised and purged – before working up to the bigger spaces. The one year rule is a great rule of thumb here – if you haven’t used it in a year, it’s worth considering donating or throwing it out!
3. Arrange donation pick-ups
Arranging for a donation pick-up saves you time and energy when it’s time to move. It also provides a deadline for you to complete your spring clean by! The Chelmsford Furniture Project will pick up donations for a small fee – visit https://chelmsfordfurnitureproject.org/ to find out more.
4. Top to Bottom
Heat rises, dust falls. Clean each room from top to bottom – dust the shelves, pictures rails and artwork, then wipe the windowsills, and then hoover. This will help to make sure you clean in the most effective manner and save you time and effort!
5. Little and often
It’s unrealistic to think you can accomplish your entire list in a day – and your attention to detail will likely wane over time. Commit to 30-60 minutes each day and by the end of this month your home will be sparkling. Try not to cut corners – remember that old saying, measure twice, cut once!