Friday, 28 September 2018 06:35

Do you love SPRING CLEANING as much as I do?

With the Spring solstice on 21st September comes warmer and longer days in the Southern Hemisphere. I am not sure about you, but I have noticed that I no longer get up in the dark, and our afternoons are stretching! I love this time of the year, when I can throw windows wide open and start getting my house ready for summer. While I am not a domestic goddess by any stretch of the imagination, I love the yearly act of cleaning my house from top to bottom getting rid of all the winter cobwebs.

And so, to SPRING CLEANING! I have shared these tips and checklist before, but feel it’s worth sharing again. I hope it gets you in the mood to do some SPRING CLEANING yourselves.

Have a plan before you start. Make sure you give yourself enough time, and rather tackle this job over a few days. Have all cleaning materials handy and enlist help where you can. Work room by room, leaving bathrooms and kitchen for last. Don’t move on until you are done.

Here is a checklist that I use each year, which I hope you will find useful.

Bedrooms

• Strip bedding, wash on high temperature and dry clean duvet inners
• Remove curtains and clean
• Clean picture rails, curtain rods, and cupboards
• Clean furniture and shelving
• Dust and clean window sills, window frames, burglar bars, doors and skirting boards
• Vacuum bed base and mattress, then vacuum floor moving all furniture
• Turn mattress

Living and dining areas 

• Wash curtains, loose covers, throws, and cushion covers
• Move furniture and dust walls, rails, window sills, frames and skirting
• Vacuum couches, chairs and cushions
• Wipe down all surfaces
• Dust lamps, lamp shades and light bulbs
• Remove books from bookshelves, dust and wipe
• Clean all electronic equipment, including wires and plugs

Kitchen

• Clear all gadgets and items off counters, donate those not used.
• Clean and wipe down appliances
• Empty display shelves and wash all items
• Dust and clean all surfaces
• Clear out grocery cupboards and throw away anything that is out of date
• Wash tiles, grout, basins and taps
• Wipe down cupboards inside and out
• Clean all kickboards under cupboards
• Pull all large appliances away from wall and wipe down
• Defrost freezer, clean fridge and freezer thoroughly
• Run dishwasher on hot cycle with one cup vinegar in soap dispenser. Clean filters and replace salt
• Run washing machine on hot cycle with one cup vinegar in soap dispenser
• Wipe out tumble dryer and clean filter
• Finally clean floors before moving large appliances back

Bathrooms

• Sort through all toiletries, make up and medications. Remove anything that is out of date.
• Donate anything you don’t like or don’t use
• Wipe down all cupboards, shelves and countertops
• Clean all accessories and wash all towels, bath mats and shower curtains
• Dust down all surfaces, doors, window frames, mirrors and skirting
• Clean bath, shower, basin, tiles, taps and finally toilet
• Polish taps and mirrors and replace accessories and toiletries
• Finally clean floor

Do you have any great tips to add to our SPRING CLEANING repertoire?

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Thursday, 08 September 2016 04:41

Spring Organising Tips

Here’s to an organized and carefree summer!

So last week I shared my SPRING CLEANING checklist with you and hope it motivated you just a little bit! I got so excited about the prospect of Spring I had to do something, even though I didn’t have enough time for much. So I tackled our linen cupboard, sorting it out, swopping winter for summer linen, had the washing machine working overtime, and filled a charity bag with linen I no longer needed. Afterwards I thought about all the smaller SPRING CLEANING jobs we could tackle too!

Clothes: If you have too much in your wardrobe, sort your clothes by season, and pack away out of season clothes. Don’t forget to empty pockets, clean or dry clean all items and check for stains or damage before storing. Use bay leaves or lavender to keep moths and other creatures away. (For more details on how to sort and organise your wardrobe check out my blog post )

Your fridge and pantry: Empty fridge and freezer, clean thoroughly (with vinegar and warm water) and only put back what you know you will use. Let go or toss all foods that you have will not use, all foods that are past their best and obviously any leftovers that don’t look too good. Do the same with the pantry or kitchen cupboard and be ruthless, especially with spices, herbs and condiments.

Linen cupboard: This is the perfect time to check all the pillows and all the linen before you change to summer linen. Throw or donate all pillows that are not at their best, and any winter linen that you didn’t use and can’t see yourself using. Remember to thoroughly clean or dry-clean any duvets, blankets or winter linen before your store them.

Children’s toys: Winter is a time when children play indoors a lot, and their bedrooms and playroom tend to get disorganized and messy. Get them involved in sorting out their toys. Discard anything broken or incomplete. Donate toys and books they have outgrown. Organise them in a way that makes it easy for kids to keep tidy. Use Ziploc bags for small pieces or puzzle pieces.

Magazines and newspapers: Go through the magazines and newspapers. Take out the articles you want to keep, and recycle the rest.
Television: While you are at it, do you record TV shows to watch later? Do you have a lot of shows piled up that you haven't watched, but at the same time you still keep taping them? It's probably time to tape over or delete some of them.

Computer: Now do the same with your computer. Clear out your emails, and go through your files. Delete as you go, and backup where necessary.

Here’s to an organized and carefree summer!

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