Spring has finally arrived and it’s the perfect time to freshen up your home, get rid of clutter, and welcome the new season. But where do you start? Spring cleaning may seem like a daunting task, but with a little planning and organisation, it can be a breeze. Here are some top tips to make spring cleaning more efficient and effective so you can transform your home for spring without getting overwhelmed in the process.
Organisation is key and will prevent you from veering off track and getting too bogged down in various things that may swallow up your day before you even realise it. Start by creating a quick cleaning plan. Identify the cleaning tasks you want to tackle and then break them down into manageable chunks, prioritising each accordingly. Consider which rooms need the most attention and how much time you'll need to allocate for each task. Having a plan will help you stay on track, avoid feeling overwhelmed, and give you a sense of progress each time you tick something off.
It’s one thing to deep clean but it’s another to maintain your new clean space. Creating “homes” for all of your belongings is the best way to prevent messiness from building up again, so make sure everything in your home has a designated place. Make a design feature of your storage solutions, for example with a storage trunk for extra linens, wicker baskets for toiletries or to conceal chargers and cables, and mason jars for food items. Knowing exactly where things live, and making their “home” a design feature, will make it easier to keep things organised.
Before you start cleaning, you’ll need to declutter your home first. Go through your belongings and decide which fall into the ‘donate’, ‘sell’, ‘throw away’ or ‘keep’ categories. Try to be realistic about what you use and don’t use and say goodbye to items that you no longer need but have been cluttering your space. A clutter-free home is much easier to clean and will make your space and your life feel calmer and more organised.
When it's time to clean, start from the top and work your way down. Dust and debris will fall on lower surfaces, so it's best to clean higher areas first. This will save you from having to re-clean previously cleaned areas.
Chances are your big winter coats, boots and jumpers won’t be worn for many months but are taking up prime real estate in your wardrobe. Let your spring and summer clothes take centre stage and make them more easily accessed as you need them by packing your winter warmers away during the spring clean. Vacuum bags are an incredible space saver for bulkier pieces (ideal for your winter duvet, too) and can be stored under the bed and out of the way until autumn.
TikTok can be a source of some great cleaning hacks. Search for #cleantok or #cleaninghacks to find nifty tips and tricks to help power your spring clean. Recent hacks found on the app have included using toothpaste to make your silver jewellery shine, a rubber glove to create static energy on your carpet to remove pet hair, and baking soda with vinegar to lift oven grease overnight while you sleep.
Spring is the perfect time to deep clean your carpets and upholstery. Rent a carpet cleaner or hire a professional to remove deep-seated dirt, dust, and allergens. You may think your home looks great with a regular vacuum clean, but giving your carpets and upholstery a proper deep clean will make them look, feel and smell brand new again, making a huge difference in the end.
Giving your windows a proper clean both inside and out is the cherry on top of your spring clean. Wipe away the grime, pollution and finger marks and let the spring sunlight shine through uninterrupted. And while you’re there, don’t forget to open up the windows and let the fresh spring air inside. If noise or fumes are an issue, you can also use air purifiers or diffusers with essential oils to freshen up your nice clean home.
Remember, spring cleaning doesn't have to be a one-day task. Take breaks and pace yourself to avoid feeling exhausted or overwhelmed, and try to enjoy it by putting on some music and tackling it with your family, partner or housemate. Incorporate these top spring cleaning tips and you'll have a clean and organised home in no time, and you might even enjoy the process.