Spring is finally starting to show its face. With it comes warmer weather, brighter days and a fresher outlook. It’s like we are coming out of the hibernation period of winter, having a big stretch and feeling much happier and positive. It’s amazing what some nice weather can do to your soul and mood. I think at this time of year it’s only natural to start looking at our surroundings and wanting to make some improvements here and there. Clearing out and decluttering become conversations starters. You start researching the best ways to get your windows to sparkle. So I thought it would be a good idea to share with you some tips and tricks to give your home the ultimate spring clean.
Have a clear out and declutter
I don’t know what it is about the spring, but it just get’s you motivated to clear things out to make your home feel fresher. In winter, you are well and truly in hibernation mode. There is something comforting about the house feeling “lived in.” You want those extra blankets and throws to keep you warm. The newspapers and magazines stacked high for reading. But Spring is here, so it’s time to clear it all out.
This is the perfect time to be brutal and get rid of all the clutter. Start working through what you can see. Things like window sills and shelves. The kitchen surfaces and your dressing table. Throw away and recycle what you don’t need. Keep and reorganise what you do.
Then it’s time to look behind closed doors. We are talking about your wardrobe and all the cupboards in the house. Where you stuff things in so your home appears tidy. We have all been there. Now is the time to sort through all of those things. The kitchen cupboards will be a big surprise. You won’t believe how many out of date spices you will have in your cupboard.
TIP 1 – When it comes to sorting through your wardrobe you have to be realistic. If you haven’t worn the item in a year, then it’s time for it to be packed away. You could donate so much to a charity shop or if you want to keep it then store it properly. Not in your cupboards or wardrobes.
Consider using storage
Once you have been through your whole home and decided what is worth keeping, donating and throwing away. Then the time has come to consider where you are going to store the items you want to keep. Things like old toys that are perhaps being kept for the future. Maybe it’s old baby clothes or just some of the things that have sentimental value. But they no longer need a place in your home. You could consider a storing method. Container Self Storage could be the perfect option for all of those things.
It is understandable that not everything should be thrown away or donated. Some of those things may not be useful now but could be at a later stage.
TIP 2 – When it comes to storing items make sure package them away appropriately to protect them. Vacuum packing could be an option to consider. Or investing in some strong heavy duty storage boxes.
Clean the oven and fridge
There are always chores around the home that most people despise doing. I think cleaning the oven and the fridge will some of those jobs.
How does an oven get so dirty? It surprises me considering food is cooked in dishes and on trays. But alas it get’s filthy, and it can be quite a tough job to remove some of the stuck on grease and grime.
Your fridge, although easier to clean, is still a tough job. It houses all your food, and so it can be quite difficult to find the perfect time to clean out. Thankfully both these jobs don’t need doing every week. So once they are done, they are done.
TIP 3 – You can use household items to clean your oven. It is much easier than using some of the chemical cleaners you buy at the supermarket. Just using ingredients such as bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar is all it takes to get sparkling results.
TIP 4 – Wait until you need to do the food shopping before cleaning your fridge out. It will be at it’s most empty allowing you to clean all the surfaces quickly with minimal fuss.
Time to make those windows sparkle
Another job I think a lot of people don’t like doing is cleaning the windows. Of course, most people have a window cleaner for the exterior. But no matter how clean they are on the outside if the interior isn’t sparkling you’re letting your home down. This is another job that doesn’t require to be done too often. Now that the sun is shining you will be able to see any dirt on your windows, so it’s the perfect time to get them cleaned. You can buy some great window cleaners in the supermarket.
TIP 5 – You don’t have to go for a brand name when it comes to a window cleaning product. A supermarket brand will do just as good a job at a fraction of the cost.
Move the furniture around
Finally, the last thing you can do get your home ready for spring is a move round of the furniture. There are two reasons for this. During the winter, you are less likely to move the furniture to hoover and get rid of any dust that has accumulated. When you are doing thorough clean of your home then moving the furniture to get behind it and underneath is a good idea. You won’t believe the amount of dust that will have gathered over the last few months.
It will also provide a real fresh vibe to the room if you change things round a bit. If you have always fancied a sofa on another wall of your living room, then go for it. It will give the room a fresh look and will give off the opinion of being clean and tidy. It would appear to be newly decorated when all you have done is just change things round a little.
I hope these tips and tricks help you spruce up your home for spring.