Congratulations, you’ve made it. You’re out the other side of that weird, low period following all the excitement of Christmas. With the lighter mornings and evenings, there’s more of a spring in all our steps and a motivation to get organised and get our homes squeaky clean. It may seem like a daunting task cleaning from top to bottom, but it needn’t be. Use our tick list and you’ll done in no time.
1. Flooring, Fixtures and Appliances Probably the most mundane of tasks, but it’s got to be done. Deep clean your carpets and hard flooring after all the dinner guests, family and food has been all over it over the festive period. This is probably only one of two times you’ve given your home a real once over, so ensure all nooks and crannies are seen to so you won’t have to worry for another six months at least. Dust around light fixtures and clear your home of cobwebs. The same goes for appliances. Make sure those odd spillages in the fridge see a bit of elbow grease this year, as well as your microwave, shelves and food cupboards.
2. Storage Through this process you’ll probably find there are things you want to get rid of (but we’ll get to that later), and other items that just need somewhere to go for the time being. It’s worth investing in storage boxes that will still look appealing in your home. Shop wicker baskets from the likes of Debenhams and Argos and My Favourite Voucher Codes will stop you from spending a fortune online. You can also shop at the Great Little Trading Company for toy storage and bookshelves when sweeping up behind your kids.
3. Decluttering When it comes to sorting through your piles of stuff you need to adopt a more tough and rigid approach, otherwise you’ll end up keeping every little thing with a bit of sentimentality and never be any closer to a tidier home. Create a system of keep, put away in storage, donate or throw away. When it comes to things you can use or wear, ask yourself when the last time it was that you actually used it. If it was over six months ago, do you really need it or even like it?
4. Wardrobe Revamp Decluttering also applies to your wardrobe. You can adapt the sorting process to this too, but it’s worth also thinking about the layout of your wardrobe and where you keep certain items. If you have the room, store your winter clothing and accessories in those more unreachable areas. You won’t be wearing thick coats and scarves and clunky footwear come springtime, so there’s no need to have them taking up space in the more easily accessible areas of your wardrobe. By sorting in this way, it also allows you to see what you actually do have to wear in the warmer months and determine whether a visit to the shop is a necessity.
5. New Linen It’s nice after fixing up your home to be able to add a few new finishing touches to give it a refreshed look that you will enjoy. New cushions and a throw will add those cosy soft furnishings with hints of more summery designs to lighten up your home. There’s also nothing quite like slipping under new bed sheets. Swap out thick wool blankets and brush cotton duvet sets for an airier alternative.
It won’t be long before you’re knee deep in spring cleaning and finding you’re actually quite enjoying yourself with our easy steps. With new clothing and home furnishings to look forward to at the end, really, the elbow grease won’t seem quite so painful.