Spring Cleaning time again? try this to get it done in no time!
There’s nothing like a beautiful spring morning with the sun shining through your windows to highlight every damn spec of dust and cobweb in your house! I guess that’s where the term spring clean comes from as the rest of the year everything seems relatively acceptable. I’ve tried convincing myself that when my children make patterns in the dust on the TV stand this counts as creative development.
It’s not a good thing though and as much as try to convince myself otherwise, after a long damp winter my house is in dire need of a spring clean. ** Humph **
Bearing in mind that I have a toddler, dog, pre-teen and teenager, as well as a Mum in a Nutshell, a small business to manage and a social life (of sorts) eating away at my day this leaves very little spare time to do the much-needed dust down. So I’ve been on a mission to plan the perfect spring clean for a busy family. I’ve narrowed the necessities into small bitesize chunks which can be done over 2 weeks, giving a 10 step spring clean.
Wash the carpets
This gets my number one spot for the simple reason being as much as a hoover gets rid of the surface dirt lord only knows what my bonkers sprocker picks up on his daily dog walk not to mention what we all praise through.
I hoover daily, don’t allow the dog or shoes upstairs and am 75 % wooden flooring downstairs, but once you actually see what comes out of your carpets it makes you realise how much t needed it! I use the Vax Dual Power Reach Carpet Cleaner .if you would like a recommendation.
Clean food cupboard shelves
Also checking best before dates and returning them back in some sort of logical order i.e:things that you don’t use so often on the top shelves and those with a longer best before date at the back. I keep rice, pasta and lentils in a wide, shallow plastic container to catch any runaways, so give that a wash too. You’ll be surprised how many spices and herb pots are out of date but don’t throw them away. Click here for a handy idea of how to reuse them.
Empty the fridge
Taking everything out, I wipe down every shelf, taking the door shelves out and washing them in hot soapy water. I keep open jars in my fridge so check the dates of everything before returning. I also give the seals a wipe through.
Pull out the beds and vacuum clean
Have you actually seen how much dust gathers there? I also vacuum the mattress’ and wipe down skirting boards behind the beds while I’m at it. Throwing everything in the washing machine and turning the mattresses. (That’s a comedy YouTube video on its own.) It’s also a great opportunity to air them out. Memory foam mattress, like my Leesa one (can’t recommend this enough for comfort) don’t need turning over, instead I turn it top to bottom. Don’t forget that pillows need replacing every 2 years and mattress every 8, so if you’re due a new one, nows the time to look.
Put duvets and pillows outside in the sun to air
We have a super king bed which means our duvet is huge and heavy so I rest it on open window cill to air it through. The smaller ones I can wash in the machine and hang on the line. Older pillows are replaced and the rest washed. The feather ones are stacked in an open window for the day.
Wipe down the dining table chairs
Our slate top table gets a battering and has buffered any spillage and stain known to man but the chairs and bench often gets over looked when I’m clearing up the meal spills. So I wash down the backs, legs and seats with hot soapy water.
Wash down walls where mildew has formed
With the house pretty much shut down for the Winter, there’s usually a spot in the house which shows sign of mildew or mould. In our case this is the bathroom. Giving it a wipe down with diluted sterilizing solution and leaving to dry with the windows open usually gets rid of it.
Move the sofas
and vacuum the hidden flooring, whilst also reclaiming a small Lego factory, half a dozen odd socks and the Teenager’s mobile phone. Would it be too sad to admit that I get quite excited wondering what I’m going to find?
Wash the curtains
If they’re washable obviously. I have been known to chuck some ‘dry clean only’ curtains in the tumble drier with a laundry fresher sheet then hang them on the line on a bright sunny day. If you’re not as daring as me then do the sensible thing and take them to the dry cleaners or buy a dry clean kit which you can do at home. Steaming them to remove dust and any other nasties in the air is also an option. if you don’t have a steamer, use your iron
Hold a toy amnesty
By throwing out any broken ones, recycling old ones they’ve out grown and washing down the ones you’re keeping. This is always a dangerous one to do with children present as you’ll find they suddenly want to play with everything you get out and need to keep them like their life depends on it. I’d advise doing it when they’re not around.
Failing all this you could always just book a 2 week holiday and pay someone else to come and do it while you’re away.