Top 7 tips for Effective Spring Cleaning

Breaking out of the winter slumber often reveals it’s time for a good spring clean at home. Here are Vaskehjelp’s top tips on efficient housekeeping to have your home spick and span in no time.   

Out with the old, in with the new

We are all familiar with the feeling as spring greets us after the dark winter months and we squint as the sun shines in our living room once again. Often those sun rays start to reveal all the dust and housekeeping neglect that the winter has kept hidden. It’s easy to procrastinate by watching the latest TV series or finding some other fun indoor activity to do instead of cleaning. When springtime arrives, it always feels good to get everything in order and throw out the old, making room for the new. In the same way that we make room for the new season in our wardrobes, it makes sense to take this approach in our homes as well.

7 tips for tackling spring cleaning

It’s time to welcome in the spring with a thorough clean up. Often, it’s hard to know where to begin and the thought of getting started can be overwhelming. However, there is no need to panic. Here are our 7 best tips to get you started on your big spring clean:

1. Tidy up for a better work flow

Clear up before you start so you don’t use unnecessary time tidying as you vacuum, dust or wash, and save yourself from the distractions as you go.  Sort all the recycling and take it out, place all the chairs on the table for easy access to clean around them, remove all obstacles from the floor and place things where they belong. This is the perfect opportunity to sort through everything and put your belongings in their rightful home.

2. Divide and conquer

Don’t try to tackle everything at once. Prioritize the areas in your home that are most important to you. If you don’t feel that you have the time or energy to take on the whole house in one go, break it down and tackle one room at a time. Even spread the process across a week. You will feel much better making a start to the rooms that are used the most than doing nothing at all.

3. Move to the music

Research has shown that listening to music with a high tempo can raise your pulse and accelerate your breathing, so it fits well with a physically demanding activity such as cleaning. With a wide selection of readymade playlists available on various streaming services, it’s the perfect entertainment as you work your way around your home. This can be a great way to get yourself moving and motivated and enjoy a workout at the same time.

4. Get others involved

Bring family or friends together and use your spring cleaning as an excuse to spend time with each other. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy time with your nearest and dearest. Make sure you reward yourselves with a nice dinner or tasty snacks, such as cake or pizza. It will be even more worthwhile when you are finished and can sit back and relax. If it’s you who needs help to the next time, you’ll appreciate it even more when you have someone to help lighten the burden.

5. Track your progress

Create a checklist of things you need to do and make sure you allow time for breaks in between checking tasks off the list. By giving yourself a clear focus and keeping track of progress, it’s easier to feel motivated and achieve a sense of accomplishment as you go. Make four to five points for each room. Start with removing the dust, then washing everything down, and finally working some elbow grease to tackle the grimiest areas. Once you make a good start and see the progress, you’ll feel motivated to finish up the rest of the room. Don’t forget to reward yourself with coffee breaks, snacks or a nice walk in between cleaning.

6. It’s the small details that count

Moving towards longer and brighter days, it is extra important to focus on the small details. Use this opportunity to pull the furniture out from the walls and wash the floor skirtings with a microfibre cloth. Do the same to the kitchen cabinets, window frames, handles and any glass doors. This is not something that needs to be done with every household clean but a thorough clean now and again will make all the difference.

7. Let spring in

Now that you have the inside of your home looking spick and span, let the light in. The windows are often neglected during winter. Spring is the perfect opportunity to wash the windows and let the rays of spring inside through dust and grime free glass. Washing duvets, quilts and cushions and hang them outside to dry. When you bring them inside they will bring a lovely smell of spring with them.

 

Adding a cotton or linen scented air freshener to rooms will slowly release the aroma of a fresh home. Even if you have used a dry mop or perfume-free cleaners, you can still create the illusion of freshness throughout your home. There are many allergy and environmentally-friendly cleaning products on the market if you want to choose more natural cleaning products.

Once everything is complete and your home is sparkling clean, reward yourself with a nice bouquet of flowers. Then, all that is left to do is to relax with a good conscience.

Still not Inspired to get the duster out?

Whether you choose to follow some or all these tips or tackle your spring clean in another way, all that matters is that you get the job done and enjoy the results with pride.If housekeeping really isn’t for you or you don’t feel motivated to tackle the annual house clean, you can always let someone else do the job for you. Hiring a cleaner can be perceived as expensive but it is not necessarily the case.

 

Vaskehjelp provide professional cleaners for individual assignments. No task is too big or small whether you are looking for a professional cleaner for one off tasks like a spring, Christmas or moving clean, or you just want your house to shine a bit extra every day. Vaskehjelp are flexible and cleaners can be easily booked, rebooked or cancelled though the app, making it easy to book whether you are at home or on the go. This gives increased flexibility in everyday life, leaving you with plenty of free time to do more of what you enjoy.

 

Happy Spring Cleaning!