16 Oct Spring Has Sprung And It’s The Perfect Time To Revamp Your Home!
The 2020 pandemic saw many households taking advantage of time at home by organising cupboards, throwing out junk and dusting corners that haven’t been dusted in years, which is also known as the “Covid clean”.
Alas, winter gloomed upon us and we found ourselves back to our old habits so with the weather warming up, the birds chirping and flowers blooming, it’s the perfect time to transform that covid clean and turn it into a spring clean and revamp your home in less than a day.
Feeling overwhelmed with where to start your spring-cleaning project? Here is a simplified checklist on how you can tackle all the “nasty” spots you’ve most likely been neglecting and instructions on how to tackle your spring clean like a pro.
Here is a simplified 10-step checklist on how you can spring clean your house in less than a day:
- Cabinets and Draws
Start in the kitchen and work your way around the house (don’t skip out on the bathrooms!), remove all items from the cabinets, check their expiry date (if relevant) and throw away anything you have had for more than 12-months. If you’re like us and have doubles of everything, compile your products into one and dispose of the spare, you will be surprised how much space you will have for more storage. If you want to take it up a notch, we highly recommend using baskets and containers to store items such as cleaning products, spices and linen.
- Pots and Pans
There is no need to purchase expensive, deep cleaning products for your used pots and pans, chances are you already have everything you need. Sprinkle the surface of your dirty pan with baking soda, then pour on a solution of 1 cup hot water and 1/3 cup vinegar. These natural products will do wonders for burnt marks, and really will make your pans, pots and oven trays look brand new again. Need a bit more assistance to clean the bottom of your pans? The trick is half a potato, it may be an old wives tale but it works wonders as the wet starch from the potato will help break down the grease so you can rinse it right off.
It’s important to choose a cloudy day to avoid streaky windows, raise all blinds and curtains then grab a microfibre cloth and window cleaner (or make your own by using one-part vinegar and one-part hot water) and wipe away. Be sure to start on the cloudy side of the house as sunlight can lead to streaks.
Step one is to dust or sweep off any crumbs or residue before using a cleaning product to ensure you get the best clean. Clean the countertop surface with a damp, nonabrasive cotton cloth and a mild, pH neutral liquid detergent or household cleaner then rinse with clean water. Dry the surface with a fresh cotton cloth and your countertop should look as good as new. You can always add a bunch of fresh flowers to your countertops or a nice indoor plant will do the trick.
- Appliances (stainless steel)
If you’re like us as struggle to keep your stainless-steel appliances fingerprint free, then this one is for you. To make this surface sparkle again mix a solution of 1 teaspoon dish detergent and 1 cup of hot tap water. Using a microfiber cloth, rub the detergent solution onto the marks in small sections, going with the grain. Rinse with clean hot water only, and dry immediately with a clean cloth and your appliances will look as good as new.
Now for the fun part but it’s one you must be in the mood for and not regret later. Start with sorting through last seasons clothing and make your way through the piles. Here are the 5 top tips to sort through your closet:
- Box It, But Don’t Give It Away (store it in the garage)
- Toss Out Any Duplicates (because everyone has 5 x white t-shirts)
- Give Away Anything That Doesn’t Make You Feel Good (find it a new home)
- Force Yourself To Wear Your “Maybes” (they may even become your favourites)
- Create a “last chance” draw and if you don’t wear the items for another year, they are banished to the garage or to Good Sammy’s
If your feeling extra organised, we recommend arranging your closet into seasons (or even colour coordinate if that’s more your style!), not only will this make you feel refreshed, it will make finding an outfit a more enjoyable task and you won’t spend time trying to locate that one piece.
- Bedding & Mattress
Spring cleaning is the perfect time to pay attention to the thing under the sheets. It’s time to tackle bulky items you typically avoid, like pillows and comforters. You only need to clean these items two or three times a year, so they should be at the top of your list during spring cleaning season. Start by pressing firmly with your vacuum’s upholstery and crevice tools to clean the top and sides. After cleaning, rinse with a damp cloth, bolt dry, and sanitize with a disinfectant spray like a eucalyptus disinfectant spray. Steaming from a clothes steamer or iron will also kill dust mites near the surface and always ensure you vacuum afterwards.
- Furniture and Couch
Always start by pulling your furniture away from the walls and vacuum behind and under all areas. Next is to refer to your furniture’s manufacturer instructions and fabric cleaning code for the best way to clean upholstered furniture. “W” means it’s OK to use water. Remove the cushion covers and launder according to the manufacturer’s instructions. “S” means skip the water and use a non-water based solvent, such as alcohol, instead. Spray it on lightly, then blot with a clean white cloth or sponge. “S/W” means you’re OK using either solvents or water, and “X” means use neither and vacuum only.
- Ceiling and Roof Fans
Spring cleaning season is all about focusing on the spots you forget about the rest of the year. Grab an extendable duster and attack ceiling fans, hanging and recessed lights, mouldings and more. This is a step to do last before you vacuum and mop the floors, but don’t do it the other way around as this just creates more work.
- Clean your Cleaners
This is the most important step of the check list and one that is often missed, clean your cleaners such as your vacuum, mop and brooms especially after your spring clean. Depending on your type of vacuum, replace the bag, clean the dust cup, and replace or wash the filters. Grab your broom and clear any dust bunnies stuck on your broom’s bristles by swishing the broom head around in warm, soapy water, or vacuum it with the end of the vacuum hose.
Now it’s time to light a candle, pour yourself a wine (or grab a beer), sit back and relax and enjoy the satisfied feeling of a clean house.
Have you recently purchased a house and land package? You can still use this handy checklist to settle into your new home to make sure you tackle all the tricky areas. It’s also the perfect time to re-arrange and organise your new home to make your next spring clean a smaller task.