The Spring Cleaning Process
Now is the time for the big spring clean. Wiping winter away to make space for new possibilities, new habits and new goals, all in your nice, clean home!
I love a good process so here is an easy 11 step cleaning process for you to follow in your home...
1. Make a schedule
Take a look around your home and decide what needs attention and order them in priority. Decide how long each area will take and pop a time next to each one. Then, look at your calendar and decide when you think you could fit cleaning each area in. Maybe one hour every evening? A complete blitz over a weekend? Once you have scheduled in your cleaning, you are well on the way to actually getting it done!
2. De Clutter
Outer order, inner calm (- Gretchen Rubin). Take stock of everything you have in each area and sort through what you need and what you don't. Create three piles: Keep, dispose and give away. Dispose of everything you want to throw away and move your give away items into a separate box. Leaving those items you want to keep to one side (away from the cleaning area)
When cleaning an area, make sure that it is free from any items so you can focus and work from top to bottom. This way, all the debris will fall downward so you don't need to keep recleaning. Before I begin the actual clean, I use a hoover to suck up all the dust and bits of dirt in the space which leaves a nice clear area ready for cleaning.
Use any cleaning products that work for you. I tend to use anti bacterial wipes for multi-surfaces as they allow you to get into those little grimy places and they are disposable so you don't need to keep cleaning a cloth.
5. Finish up
Once you have cleaned your designated space, put the items you want to keep in their homes. Or, if you want to change things up a little, put them into new homes!
6. Stand back and admire your hard work.
It's important to take in the beautiful, clean area you have created. You worked hard so enjoy it and really feel your sense of achievement.
7. Don't forget...
Those all important walls. Use a damp towel to wipe away any collected dust on your walls for a cleaner, fresher feel. Also, you can use the same technique for your blinds too. Additionally, cleaning the windows and the ledges will make a big difference to your home - for some reason, a nice clean window area just appears to let in more light giving your home a fresher feel.
8. The kitchen and the bathroom also need your attention
Don't be scared to get into those cabinets, wipe down the shelves, wipe under the sink, go through your pantry and fridge and throw away those old items, change your shower curtain and clean your bath mats!
Cleaning will more than likely unsettle all the winter dust around your home. If you suffer from allergies or are using heavy duty cleaners, be sure to read labels. For safe spring cleaning, wear rubber cloves, masks, scarves, and even hair nets. Protective clothing will help guard your skin against skin irritations and allergic reactions.
10. Set a new tone
Use this time to get rid of everything that no longer serves you and replace it with items that will. Give your home and your environment a fresh new look by adding new additions like cushions, curtains, adding new towels and bedding. Change up the space and reorder the layout. Little changes make such a big difference to the way you feel in your home.
11. Bonus tip
Use this time to make changes in your life. The best time to re-evaluate your goals and habits is during a time of change - this could be when you move house, change your job or...spring! Spring is full of new hope and possibilities so take advantage of this time and make those all important changes in your life to make your life a more comfortable place to be.
I hope this helps!