Expert Spring Clean 2018 – 11 Ways to Freshen Up Your Home
The clocks have gone forward, the days are getting lighter, the weather is getting warmer and the snow has finally gone (hopefully)! Spring is finally in the air, and although the idea of the ‘spring clean’ is a little old-fashioned, it really can bring a new lift, freshness and lease of life into your home! The long winter nights of comfort and cosiness impose a certain strain on your home, and by the time the brighter months come around your home can look very much like a musty and dusty site of hibernation. A good few days put aside to have a good scrub and a sort out can be just what your habitat needs to bring the season from outside to inside.
tips to remember for this year’s big Spring clean!
1. Strategize - Spring cleaning your whole home is a big job, but it doesn’t have to take more than a day or two, as long as you come up with a plan of action. So, start the day off with a coffee or a juice and a pen and paper. Make a list of all the rooms and areas around your home and what needs doing in each of them. What needs scrubbing, washing or dusting? What rubbish do you need to chuck out?
Once you have made this list, allocate timings to the tasks. Also, don’t go doing this on your own… if there are other people in the house, get delegating. No doubt the kids would love to scrub the kitchen floor with a toothbrush!
2. One Thing at A Time - It is much more efficient to attend to one task at a time, seeing each one through from beginning to end. There is a more regular sense of achievement and it helps you keep track of your progress.
3. Music - Music, believe it or not, can actually make scrubbing, polishing and decluttering almost fun! It worked for Queen in ‘I Want to Break Free, and we all dance the vacuum cleaner around the house from time to time. Put on your favourite album or playlist and see the tasks fly by!
1. Possession Purge! - Time to declutter! There is never a bad time to sort through your old junk and consider whether it is rubbish or not, and as you are cleaning up the whole place anyway, you might as well have a sort through. A great general rule of thumb is that if you haven’t used it in the last year, then you probably won’t again; time to get rid of it, perhaps.
2. Throw Open the Windows - When it’s cold and dark outside, we don’t tend to open the windows very often. So, after at least 6 months of nippy weather, the air in your home could probably do with a freshen up. As soon as it is warm enough, get those windows open. If you are lucky enough to catch a cool breeze the cobwebs will be blown out of the house in no time!
3. Carpet Deep-Clean - After months of spending loads of time at home, and probably trudging wet and wintry shoes around the house, the carpets will probably be a bit grubby. Carpets often get forgotten as they are pretty good at absorbing and hiding dirt. However, if you spend a little time giving them a good clean you will be amazed at the change; you will see a revitalised carpet, fresh and full of texture.
4. Streamline Your Wardrobe - Getting your wardrobe in order involves a combination of things. First of all, it’s good to get rid of anything you have stopped wearing; clearing any junk will make it much easier to get your garments in order. But you might also consider sending your winter clothes elsewhere; your garage, loft or junk cupboard perhaps. Getting to your Spring and Summer clothes will be much less hassle if you don’t have to wade through a pile of jumpers and long-johns to get at them.
5. Shelves - The stuff on our shelves can fade into the background and get a bit forgotten. If you take a minute to inspect your various shelves, sideboards and windowsills, you will probably find that they are a bit dustier than you thought.
Give them a dust, sure. But why not take it a step further and redesign your book and ornament configurations? This will change up the atmosphere of you home a little, and perhaps make your shelves pop out, become more of a feature. You could mix up the alignment of your books; some horizontal some vertical. You could recover books to fit with the scheme of a room. You could order them by colour, size, or theme, instead of alphabetically. Play around and see what you came up with!
1. Clean, Mend and Chuck - Go through your garden. What is dirty? What is fixable? What is rubbish? Divide all of your stuff into these three categories and deal with each one in turn.
2. Prune and Repot - You’ll be wanting to give any plant life in your garden the opportunity to grow and bloom; that is what Spring is all about after all. Make sure any plants that have ground to a halt get a good pruning so that they can develop further over the coming months. Also, check that all potted plants have enough space in their current containers, they may have outgrown them and require something larger.
3. Lawn Lift - A simple way to give your garden a lift is to give the lawn a bit of love. Giving your grass a facelift is pretty straightforward: grab a rake and remove any dead grass, reseed or re-turf any bare areas, and cover all grass with slow release lawn food. Your garden will be looking Spring-ready in a matter of days.
Getting Rid of Your Rubbish
Inevitably, your Spring clean will leave you with a big pile of rubbish to get rid of. This can put some people off getting the house sorted; getting rid of household rubbish is not always easy. Where do you take what? And even if you do know where to take your rubbish, you’ll have to spend a big chunk of time chucking your junk out in the right places.
Our professional household rubbish clearance service makes that whole headache go away. Not only do we have the knowledge and resources to get your rubbish processed in the most efficient and appropriate way, but it saves you a whole load of time and money in the long run. A day driving around to dumps and charity shops turns into one quick and simple pickup from your front door. The cost of a tank of petrol and various disposal charges turns into one affordable collection fee. Let us make your Spring clean that little bit less of a chore!