Your Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Home

After a wet winter and long lockdown (for some), spring is finally here and what better time to get stuck into a deep spring clean!

  • 28 September, 2021
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Setting aside time to deep clean is important to keep your home healthy, organised and happy.

Through spring cleaning, you can remove dust, mould and mildew before it becomes an issue. Go beyond vacuuming and wiping down the bench to give your whole home a fresh feel, ready for the warm months ahead. 

To ensure you don’t feel overwhelmed or if you are not sure where to start, here is your spring-cleaning guide to make this daunting task seems a little more manageable.

Where to Start

Start with tasks that apply to all rooms, then hit each room one-by-one for more specific cleaning.

Finish an entire room before moving onto the next and clean your home top to bottom and left to right.

  •   Dust ceiling fans and light fixtures
  •   Vacuum cobwebs in the ceiling corners
  •   Clean windowsills and tracks
  •   Wash curtains according to the fabric instructions or clean blinds with a damp cloth
  •   Disinfect doorknobs, handles and light switches
  •   Most importantly – test all your smoke detectors

Bedrooms

  •   Declutter your space by organising drawers and closets. Remove everything, washing the bases of draws and sort clothes into piles – keep, donate and throwing away – before hanging and folding neatly 
  •   Wash all bedding and pillows
  •   Move your bed to vacuum those hard-to-reach places and rotate your mattress
  •   Disinfect kids’ toys (throw plastic toys in the dishwasher!)
  •   Use a homemade concoction of vinegar and water to give you a streak free result on all mirrors

Bathrooms

  •   Clean away any mould from the ceiling by washing the area with a store-bought mould cleaner
  •   Organise vanity and cabinets by throwing out expired medicine, toiletries and cosmetics
  •   Scrub the shower and bathtub, paying special attention to grout lines
  •   Wash (or replace) the shower curtain and floormat 
  •   Thoroughly scrub the toilet inside and out

Kitchen

  •   Go through your cupboards, fridge and freezer checking for expiry dates and discard anything past its used by date – remember to wash shelves as you go
  •   Clean the oven and scrub the stovetop and splash back
  •   Degrease and wash extractor fan filters
  •   Clear out your utilities draw and replace/cull any broken or unused items.  You can always donate any double ups to charity

Living Room

  •   In lieu of getting your lounge suite professionally cleaned after a few winter spills, remove all cushions to vacuum all the little nook and crannies
  •   Wash any cushion covers, blankets or throws
  •   Dust pictures and photo frames then clean the glass as well as any mirrors that are hanging
  •   Disinfect doorknobs, handles and light switches
  •   Tidy up all loose caballing behind the TV

Home Office

  •   Clean and blow away any keyboard debris with canned air (brought from any hardware store)
  •   Disinfect your computer mouse and landline phone (if you still have one)
  •   Declutter your desk space by filing away past papers, designating one draw to stationary and reserving desktop surface to only current projects

Congratulations, you've reached the end of the spring-cleaning checklist!

No sweat, right?

LJ Hooker NZ

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