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Recently, as part of my monthly aims, I gave me home a good spring clean. Throughout Winter I always find that the dust builds up in random places. Maybe this is because the windows are open that much less, or maybe I’m just lazy and making excuses?! Does anyone else find this? Anyway, today I want to share with you my spring cleaning tips. Find out how I keep our home in tip top condition, despite us both working, having pets and a toddler! Also, if you’re reading this because you’re looking for gentler ways to clean then be sure to check out my quick way to clean a microwave – in just 2 minutes!
My spring cleaning tips for a tip top tidy home!
Make a list per room
Personally I start with the kitchen and then I go from there. I look at the room, from top to bottom, and I make a list. I think about the outside of the kitchen cupboards and then I work through the appliances. For example I’ll make a note to clean the washing machine filter, to clean behind the back of the fridge and the areas that just never get cleaned. I don’t have to write down the standard jobs like cleaning the hob or washing up as these happen often anyway.
My kitchen is typically the biggest area of my home in terms of jobs. However, every single room has quite a few random jobs. I mean how often do you dust behind your television?! I’m hoping rarely – like me! These aren’t jobs that need to be done all the time, however, if you want a clean and hygienic home you should be aiming to do them at least a couple of times a year. As a bare minimum.
Be realistic about the time you have
Nobody has the time to spring clean their home in a day. If my daughter is at my Mums, in-laws or Nursery for the day I don’t want to spend 8 whole hours cleaning. Be realistic with the time that you have. If you hate cleaning, which is completely normal, then you aren’t going to want to get it all done in one day or one weekend. I like to make my list and then give myself a month to get all of the jobs done. Some of the jobs are boring or a little bit grubby. I will try and pick a few jobs each week that I am going to get done and leave them on the bottom of my to-do list. As a lot of my work involves sitting on my backside then it gives me a good excuse to get up and burn a few calories.
Learn to adjust your expectations
I realise that the post above may make it seem like my home is a palace. It isn’t. Far from it. However, I do like to keep it relatively clean and tidy. I’m not somebody who goes mad over a few crumbs and I allow my daughter to explore and pull things out. Mess is a part of a good life really and I want to live a good life. This means that since I fell pregnant, and became unwell with hyperemesis, that I have had to adjust my expectations. This isn’t a bad thing really. Now I spend less time cleaning, am more productive when I do clean and I am more tidy in general. No longer do I leave piles of paperwork and rubbish lying around my home. I make sure that I tidy up as a go and my home looks all the better for it.
Don’t worry if you don’t have hours every week to dedicate to cleaning. Perhaps you can’t be bothered. Perhaps you’re unwell. Maybe you’re lacking in time. Whatever reason you don’t want to clean a lot just adjust your expectations. If you can’t afford a cleaner, or don’t want a stranger in your home, then you’ll have to adjust your expectations to avoid exploding with rage every time there is a stack of washing up. I used to be really strict about my home being spotless but now I have relaxed significantly. I’m sure my lovely husband is thrilled deep down that he doesn’t get told off for leaving tiny messes everywhere he goes!!
Get the right tools for the job
If you are going to put the effort in to spring cleaning, and follow my spring cleaning tips, then you’ll want the right tools for the job. These are a few suggestions based on what I like to use:
I’ve got a number of mirrors and windows in my home. A window vacuum is a super fast way of cleaning windows, and glass, and leaving them streak free.
I can’t get enough of my Cordless Dyson! It works so well. Simple to charge, easy to use, pretty lightweight and allows me to suck up the odd insect too if I’m terrified!
This is great for those high and hard to reach areas. I have to get this out almost weekly above my kitchen cupboards. Thank you Mr Spider who is clearly in residence somewhere!
I absolutely love this – mainly because I just use water in it! This works really well on my wooden effect lino. It removes stains and marks with ease and I’ve been able to save a fortune on floor cleaner.
These are ideal for a number of purposes. Recently I have used a couple of these for the sides of my appliances and for cleaning out the drawer and filter on my washing machine.
This bleach has a variety of uses. There are numerous supermarket alternatives that seem to work well too. I’m a fan of the design of this as it is ideal for pouring into sinks, drains and running around the toilet bowl.
I use so many microfibre cloths. I love that they are reusable. Also, I love that these are different colours. I can use blue for my bathroom, yellow for dusting etc. This helps to keep things sanitary and they are suitable for washing over and over again!
I read this book around 2 years ago now I think. It really helped me get my focus back for having a clean home after my daughter was born. Having a new baby in the house I wanted to keep my home clean but I was finding it a little bit overwhelming.
I use this for my bathroom too, including my taps, and it works really well. I love that I can use it as a daily spray. It can be sprayed on and left to dry. Ideal for busy days or lazy cleaning days.
We are fans of *fruit infuser bottles in our home. This means we’ve got lots of bottles to clean, including flasks and baby bottles, and this set works really well.
Oven Pride is a godsend! This is great for getting your oven sparkling. I use the bag for the oven trays and then some of the solution to clean the bottom of the oven. My top tip for this would be place this in the bath when it is in use as it often leaks!
This is my favourite polish. I love the smell of it! This works really well, removes dust and it leaves my home with a lovely fresh scent too. Method products have become my absolute favourite in the last year. Worth every penny! I buy mine 6 bottles at a time just because it saves a few pounds and means I’m always stocked up!
I absolutely love this handwash. It smells AMAZING! Another brilliant Method product. To make this go a little further I have *foaming soap dispensers that I fill up with this and water. It creates a foam, ideal for good handwashing, and means I save money too!
I hope that you have enjoyed my spring cleaning tips. Having a clean, tidy and presentable home is something that I enjoy. However, I don’t have hours to spare anymore. I try and maximise my time by moving fast and working from room to room. If your home has slipped by the way side then be kind to yourself. You don’t need to get it back to sparkling in a day and you will get back on top of it!
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