Spring is FINALLY on its way! Winter was so cold and depressing last year and I am thrilled that it will be over soon!
There are so many things I’m looking for this spring, and one of them is … Spring Cleaning! Yes, Spring Cleaning! Why have you raised your eyebrows? For many, it sounds like a daunting task and reminds you of your parents when they made you help them with this yearly event! Cleaning may not be an exciting project and does not bring joy to you at first. But read on…
Basically, I define Spring Cleaning as performing a cleaning ritual (deep or light) to items that are normally unreachable, unseen, or covered on a seasonal basis. The reason why it occurs in Spring (or sometimes Summer) is mainly due to the change of weather. You are free to wash more and air dry things quicker, Ventilating rooms are easier as warm fresh breezes can rush through, your mood is better because of longer days and you can see your cleaning process better because it is brighter! Now, before taking out your mops, cloths and cleaning products out, you need to describe the current status of your home. I have three names for homes and each one of these homes needs a different approach for a spring clean (with all due respect to those who fall into each category)
ONE: A Cluttered Home:
I don’t mean here the messiness you leave behind during the week that you eventually clean and tidy up on the weekend. No. I mean that your home possesses too many items that blocks you from cleaning from the first place.
Approach: You can’t spring clean if you have clutter in your home because cleaning only works after decluttering. Therefore, have a think about how you are going to declutter and plan it out. Read my blog about how to Spring Declutter. If you can’t do it alone and you need help, you can consider hiring a declutterer by finding one near you on www.apdo.co.uk
TWO: A “Need for Deep Cleaning” Home:
You may have finished a long decluttering process, or your home is even completely free of clutter, but cleaning your home is still not something you do on a regular basis. Here, Spring Cleaning is a must and it will take longer and more hard work to get rid of months (or years) of accumulated dust and dirt.
Approach: One room may take two days to finish as you need to “remove the scum off the surfaces” first, and then tackle the rest afterwards.
THREE: A “Well Maintained” Home:
Your home is clutter free, all your items are in their proper places and you have a cleaning routine. Your spring cleaning will be a piece of cake. Since you maintain your home regularly, the only tasks you will do this Spring are cleaning items you don’t clean on a weekly or monthly basis but on a seasonal basis, like pillows, curtains, walls, etc.
Approach: Spring cleaning, in this case, will take one day for each room.
If you noticed, I have numbered these home names on purpose as these are the stages of identification in a process of reviving any home from a chaotic house to a livable space. So eventually, if your home is in the state of number one, you have to work to get it to number two before three and so on.
I by coincidence found my spring cleaning list I wrote when I did my Spring cleaning last year. I have written things I don’t clean on a frequent basis to make them my main focus. I will share on my social media channels the way I cleaned them during National Spring Cleaning Week, but in general, the points I consider while spring cleaning is as follows:
When you are done Spring Cleaning this year, my biggest piece of advice for you is to develop habits and routines to always keep your house clean. Therefore, you will not spend too much time and effort on Spring cleaning the year after. Happy cleaning ladies!