Planning Your Spring Clean

It’s that time of year when most of us are starting to think about a spring clean. Hopefully, the weather will be improving soon, and early spring is a great time to throw the windows open, let some fresh air in and start on those big cleaning jobs that only seem to get done once a year. 

 

There’s something about the fresh air and bright colors of springtime that makes us want to clean up at home. We’re eager to get rid of dust and dirt, and air out our soft furnishings. We want our houses to feel clean and the air to be light and pleasant. We want our houses to smell fresh when they welcome us home. We want our homes to feel as bright and fresh as those gorgeous spring landscapes, and it’s the perfect time to get stuck into some big chores that you might have been putting off. 

 

Tackle Those Big Jobs

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Start by thinking about any big jobs. Both things that get done once a year, and tasks that you might not always need at all, that you suddenly do, such as the help of a Pest Control Service. Think about what you can do yourself, and what you need help with, and make appointments with service providers and other helpers. 

 

Some of the big jobs that you might want to take on include window cleaning, cleaning the oven and washing machine, cleaning appliances like the kettle and dishwasher, cleaning your kitchen cupboards and behind shelving and vacuuming underneath sofas, beds and other furniture. 

 

This can also be a great time to get your boiler serviced, and anything else looked at if it needs it. 

 

Don’t Forget the Small Stuff

 

During a spring clean, when you are busy cleaning hard to reach areas and moving furniture around, it’s easy to forget the smaller jobs that you typically do every week. You might want to leave your usual cleaning until after the bigger jobs are done, as you are likely to make more mess, but don’t forget them. 

 

Build a Schedule

 

If spring cleaning gets a bit much, stop doing it. Instead of being overwhelmed by cleaning your whole house in a few weeks, or disgusted by areas that haven’t been looked at for a year, change how you clean. Build a spreadsheet with deep cleaning jobs, and moving forward, try to do one a month on a rotation, instead of everything in one go. 

 

Write Lists

 

When it comes to a big clean, lists are key. Write down everything that you need to do and tick jobs off when they are complete. 

 

Stock Up On Supplies

 

Make sure that you’ve got everything that you need before you get started. Stock up on cleaning supplies and materials and make sure you’ve got enough to complete the job so that you don’t need to stop halfway through. 

 

Declutter as You Go

A big clean is a great chance to declutter as you go. Get rid of old junk, tidy up and make sure everything has a home. Donate what you can, sell things online if you could make some extra cash, and only throw away items that you can’t recycle, reuse, sell or donate.

Simple Changes For A Healthier Home

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We spend most of our time indoors, so we do need to consider its impact on our health and wellbeing. If we are feeling unwell because of the home we live in, then a few changes are necessary.

 

We have listed a few below, so take a look. Then, if it is appropriate for you to do so, make the necessary changes to your home.

#1: A change to your home decor

 

For the sake of your mental health, a change to your home decor might be in order. Especially if you are bored of your surroundings, or if certain rooms in your home are overly cluttered, you do need to consider your options.

 

So, you might freshen up your home’s interior with a lick of paint, perhaps in colors that evoke a calm and peaceful state. You might also follow our simple decluttering guide as, if you are living within a messy environment, it won’t do much for your mental state if you are forever faced with untidiness within your living space.

 

#2: A change to your air quality

 

You know the air outside of your home is polluted, but did you know the air inside could be as well? Because of the chemical products you use for cleaning, and perhaps because of habits such as smoking, the air of your home won’t be as clean as you want it to be.

 

So, when keeping your home clean and hygienic, try to avoid those products that contain a lot of toxic chemicals. Many stores sell greener products now, so look for those labels that suggest they are eco-friendly. Alternatively, household items such as baking soda, vinegar, and lemons can all be used to keep your home clean, so research DIY recipes online. 

 

To further improve your air quality, you might also add a houseplant or two. These act as natural air purifiers, and filter out the pollutants in your home. Be sure to keep them near sources of sunlight, of course, or purchase a Haus Bright grow light to both grow your plants and to maximize the air-filtering potential. 

 

#3: A change to your refrigerator

 

Your refrigerator isn’t to blame for ill health, of course, unless you have done little to clean it in a while. Rather, it is the items in your refrigerator that could be a problem, especially if it is overloaded with chocolate items, fizzy drinks, microwave meals, and any other foodstuffs that you already know aren’t particularly good for you.

 

Instead, make a change to your family’s eating habits by replacing any unhealthy items with healthier alternatives. So, you might include natural fruit drinks, bottles of water, homemade foods, and healthy snack items that are safer items to reach for when feeling the urge to eat between meals. 

So, do you need to make any changes in your home? For the health of you and your family, you should consider doing so if you have related to anything within this article.

 

Take care, and thanks for reading!