Spring spruce up
Spring is in the air. The evenings are drawing out and the birds are whistling a merry tune in the trees surrounding your little piece of paradise. But the exterior of your home is looking a little worse for the wear after battling the gail force winds and pounding rains that only the months of winter bring. And the interior - well that’s another story altogether. It’s time to clean up and get ready for the long hot summer you are all no doubt hoping for. But where to start?
Before any cleaning takes place it is probably a good idea to clear out all the unwanted rubbish that you and your family have so cleverly become attached to over the months or years if you haven’t had a good clear out for a while. If you have children and they are old enough, assign them the task of clearing out broken toys, clothes that no longer fit and other belongings they have no further use for. If you trust their instincts, give each member of your household a big black garbage bag and get them to fill it up with everything they believe needs talken to the dump. Assign them a white one for clothes that can be taken to the op shops and recycled for years to come. However, if you don’t trust their instincts, have them sort items into piles that you can check over before dispersing.
Once all the rubbish has been removed, the clean-up truly begins.
Hopefully you have chosen a warm weekend to turn your house upside down, if so remove all necessary items from the living areas and empty kitchen cupboards into boxes. Clean all surfaces, including cupboard doors, drawers, windowsills, windows and skirting boards. Dust all furnishings and lux thoroughly before putting any furniture back into place. You might even want to take the opportunity to change things around a little.
Mop the kitchen floor and put everything back into kitchen cupboards, making sure that nothing is past its due by date.
Next stop is the bathroom. Clear out your vanity unit, throwing out any unnecessary items and clean well. Once again clean all surfaces and give the floor a thorough mop.
Sort through your linen cupboard and give items, such as summer sheets and pillowcases a wash, ensuring they are smelling fresh and clean for the coming months.
Empty bedrooms as much as possible and hang bedding on the line to air. Clean windows and sills, dust where necessary and lux each room thoroughly.
Once the house is sparkling clean, the exterior will be beckoning. This job shouldn’t take as long as the interior and if it is a nice day, won’t be that unpleasant.
OUsing a low-powered water blaster wash down the exterior of your home, getting rid of any moss build-up, dirt and spider webs. Clean out guttering and wash windows.
Tidy gardens, prune roses, cut back trees and plant annuals. Check for any rotting boards in your fence and replace or give a splash of paint if required.
If you have still got the cleaning bug the garage will probably be your next port of call. Maybe next weekend though!