14 May 2020
Finding yourself with more spare time on your hands and an urge to Spring clean but not sure where to start? The key is little and often. If you see it as a big daunting task you will start to feel overwhelmed, which is why we’ve put together our top tips to help you to focus and get started. Why not set yourself a challenge to complete a new tip each week?
1. Get your clothes in order
Organising your wardrobe and clothes drawers is the first step to take when organising your home. Now is the time to put your winter wardrobe away, using under bed storage bags or the space on top of the wardrobe if the inside is already full! Throw away, donate or sell unused clothes and accessories and ask yourself “can I live without this?” If the answer is yes, then it’s time to get rid! Your wardrobe will look more appealing and it will be easier to find the things you really need.
For useful ideas on how to use boxes to store clothes, read Marie Kondo’s ‘Simple Storage Solutions’ blog.
2. Get rid of old products
We’re all guilty of keeping nearly empty bottles of make up, shampoo, and other cosmetics. We all think that one day we’ll use them up, when in reality, if you haven’t used it in the last three months then you are probably not going to. Give your bathroom a deep clean and don’t be afraid to throw things away, particularly expired products.
3. Clean the fridge
You probably give it a regular wipe, but now is the time to remove everything, get rid of old jars hiding at the back and take out all the shelves and boxes. Give them a thorough wash in warm, soapy water to remove any lingering food bacteria.
Still got a smelly fridge? Watch this useful video by Hotpoint to help you get the freshness back.
4. Kitchen cupboards
Over time, dust and grease can build up inside kitchen cabinets. Take out all the contents and introduce clever storage solutions such as boxes, tubs and glass jars. Use clear labelled containers to store items like pasta, oats and rice so you can see exactly how much you have available. This will also help you to avoid overspending and wasting food.
5. Give your fabrics some TLC
Wash any throws, bathmats, cushion covers, pillow covers and mattress protectors. Use your vacuum to clean your sofa and mattress to remove dirt and dust. Fabric spray or a steam cleaner can refresh further and remove any lingering odours.
Did you know that vinegar also makes great upholstery cleaner? Find out the best way to clean a fabric sofa or armchair using vinegar in this article by Ideal Home.