The ultimate spring clean starts now
Recent warmer weather has prompted many of us to contemplate that old chestnut – the annual spring clean.
It is a question of doing a wonderful job, but as smoothly and efficiently as possible. It seems like a PLAN is needed.
Allot a specific day to start, so that nothing intrudes. Be flexible – you don’t want to be cleaning on a wet, miserable day. You need the windows open and a warm breeze coming in. Did we say ‘‘day’’? Break the tasks up, so that you give one area a really good hit.
Once done, enjoy the accomplishment, and set a date for the next one. Make an inventory of your cleaning supplies. A week before you’re due to start, think about everything you will need to get your living areas back into peak condition.
If you are running low on a particular cleaning product, now is the time to buy in some more – restock your supplies of rubber gloves, cloths, sponge scrubbers, and black plastic bags, too.
Make a list of spring cleaning goals. Think about what you need to prioritise this year – what do you want to get out of your spring clean? Running out of space for books? Then one of your goals should be, ‘‘Clear space for more books in the office.’’
Reorganising rooms and decluttering them before you start is a good idea, as dust and dirt will inevitably get whipped up when you move items from room to room. Sort all your ‘miscellaneous’ items into three boxes: ‘To keep’, ‘To get rid of’, and ‘Undecided’. Then find appropriate places for the items you want to keep. Consider donating your unwanted items to charity, selling them online, or recycling them. For those items you are unsure about, put them in the box and store it away for six months. If you need to break back into the box to reclaim an item, it means you need it. If, after six months, you haven’t touched any of the items, they can safely be given away. And yes, that applies to clothes as well.
Search the internet for fun, healthy cleaning methods, and try them out. Scrub the inside of that smelly microwave with a cut lemon and salt. Make appliances shine with cream of tartar mixed with water into a paste.
Instead of scrubbing your shower head, fill a sandwich bag with vinegar and tie it on to your shower head overnight.
Can’t get to the bottom of a vase? Try mixing rice and soapy water, and shake well.
Get rid of pet hair by putting on rubber gloves and rubbing your hands over furniture and carpet. Then dip your hands in water and watch it all float off.
It just takes a plan – a little research, some experimenting, and even a little fun.
And don’t forget the rest of the family. They live there too, don’t they?
Think of that old joke about the Dutch electricians’ motto – many Hans make light work!