The sudden influx of sunshine in the last week or two has made me painfully aware of how desperately my house needs a good bottoming right now. I think most of us probably feel that way when Spring rolls around but my house does seem to be even worse this year which is mostly a side effect of the building work we’ve been having done – there’s still lots of stuff that’s just in the wrong place or that we’ve just not been able to properly clean and organise yet. It’s a slow and steady process which will be 100% worth it in the end but at the moment it does often feel like we’re fighting a losing battle.
Anyway it’s definitely time to get my Spring Clean on and I thought I’d share my top 5 tips for getting started:
1. Before you start check your equipment is clean & in good working order
I say this having spent a good half an hour vacuuming upstairs & thinking my Dyson wasn’t picking up as well as usual only to realise I’d completely bunged it up with new carpet fluff & it just needed a quick clean around the brush – this was a two second job but then I had to vacuum all over again! If I’d actually checked that before I started I’d have saved myself plenty of time! This also goes for things like a new mop head – something I really should do more often as I’m always shocked at the difference it makes.
2. Make sure you’ve got all the products you need to hand
There’s nothing worse than getting part way through a job & realising you’ve run out of bleach or don’t have a clean cloth. Write a list of the jobs you need to do and what you will need to do them. Think about whether you’re going to do any extra jobs that you don’t normally do which might need different products for example I know I need to deal with some damp in the bathroom.
3. To quote my old head teacher “If in doubt chuck it out“
There’s nothing more satisfying than a good old decluttering session. If you don’t use it, it’s broken or you just don’t like it… Get rid. Bin the broken stuff, sell or donate the other things – remember one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. (And there will be less stuff to clean once you’ve done it!)
4. Clean on a sunny day
Whilst it might feel like a waste to be stuck inside cleaning on a lovely day I always find that it shows up all the muck & motivates me to get sorted. Its so satisfying to have a clean & tidy house the next time the sun shines!!
5. Get rid of the kids
Not for ever obviously however I used to be able to do a proper bottoming of the house over the course of a weekend – now it’s almost impossible. Even just normal cleaning can be hard work with kids about – they’re either in the way trying to help or I’m terrified of them touching something they shouldn’t (bleach and so forth!)
So – that’s my top tips for getting started on the Spring Clean . . . now I just need to follow them!
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