A Guide to Spring Cleaning
By Sean Ford | March 26, 2014
As we finally start to wave goodbye to winter and the signs of spring start to appear, it’s time to turn our thoughts to spring cleaning. Spring cleaning is traditionally seen as a way to spruce up your house after the long cold winter, getting rid of the dust and clutter that has accumulated during over the dark winter months and getting your home fresh and ready for the longer days of the summer. Essentially, it’s like an super-sized decluttering session, but the amount of clearing out and cleaning you do is up to you.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the first thing to do when spring cleaning is the first thing you do whenever you have a big tidying up session – get rid of the clutter. Any amount of cleaning is made immeasurably easier when there is less clutter to clean and tidy around. Take it to the local tip, charity shop, recycling or sell it on, but get that clutter out of there!
Once you’ve got rid of the clutter, the next step is to think about what you need to do to ‘transition’ your home from winter to summer. If you are confident that you are finished with your winter clothes, box or bag them for storage either in an attic or cupboard or, if you have limited space at home, you might want to consider renting some external storage to store your summer things in winter and vice versa. Other winter to summer items you may also have to transfer include winter duvets, thick curtains or furniture throws. I’ve even heard of someone who has ‘winter’ and ‘summer’ cushions!
Once the decluttering is done and the winter things are packed away, it’s time to get down to the cleaning. What you are looking to do here is to go over every inch of your house and give it a good clean. Take it one room at a time, and don’t leave each room until you are finished. A good idea is to have a task list for each room that you can tick off as you finish each job; not only will this ensure that you complete every task, but it will motivate you as you see each job being ticked off. At the very least, each room should be vacuumed, damp dusted, windows cleaned and skirting boards and windowsills washed down with a mild soap solution. Don’t forget easy-to-overlook items such as light fittings and the tops of wardrobes or door surrounds.
If you think this all sounds like too much hard work then there are things and/or people you can get to help with your spring cleaning – it’s easy to hire an industrial carpet cleaner if you feel that your carpets and soft furnishings could do with a spruce up. Alternatively, you can hire companies who will clean your carpet for you or will even do the full spring clean for you.
But, like me, cleaning is not your thing, there is one alternative solution that you might want to consider, although bear in mind it is a fairly extreme one. If you really can’t face spring cleaning your way through the clutter of your current home, you could always just give up and move to a new one!