With longer evenings and brighter, sunnier days, spring is the perfect time to deep clean and declutter your home. And spring cleaning has never been more important than in 2021.
After a year of lockdown and spending more time in our houses and apartments, many people will benefit from a deep clean and declutter. Some may even wish to go one step further with their spring cleaning and do a few DIY jobs around the house such as painting and redecorating, plastering, or repairing broken items. If you do plan on undertaking any big jobs around the house, tools are essential to your DIY success, so be sure to be well-prepared before getting started.
Whether you are using the extra time in lockdown to redecorate or you are just planning to do a big clear out and spring clean, below are some ideas to help you get started.
Easy DIY jobs
If you are renting your home you will probably be quite limited when it comes to redecorating. Some landlords may be happy if you freshen up the kitchen with a new coat of paint, for example, though some may not allow this to be done by tenants. In any case, giving your home a deep clean is always beneficial. For any broken household items or furniture, check out the range of glue and home repair projects that are available. It can be very satisfying to give an old, broken chair, table or shelf a new lease of life. There are special glues available for all household materials, whether it is wood, metal, tile, or plastic, or even a fabric such as leather. Using the correct glue for the task makes it quick and easy to fix standard household objects. It can also be much cheaper than replacing things. Other easy DIY jobs that can help spruce up a home include the following:
- Rearrange the furniture in a room and maximise the space
- If you work from home, set up a home office on a budget
- Declutter the kitchen cupboards and throw away items you no longer use or need
- Cleaning the windows will let the spring light shine in and can help brighten up your space
- Give the floors a deep clean by vacuuming all the corners and maybe using a steam cleaner
Spring cleaning tips
There are lots of spring cleaning tips available that can inspire you to tackle those jobs around the house and freshen everything up for the spring and summer months. If you are working from home it is more important than ever to try to keep your home and workspace clean and tidy, as this helps with focus throughout the day. It is also easier and more beneficial to keep your desk area neat and clean by maintaining it daily, rather than doing one big clean every couple of weeks. Anyone who is currently working from their kitchen table or sofa, for example, would benefit from putting their work items (such as laptop, mouse, notebooks) away and out of sight each evening. This can help separate the working day from leisure time.
When planning a spring clean it is a good idea to work room-by-room. Make a list of all the tasks that need to be done and then tackle them one by one. Be sure to have all the equipment and supplies on hand before starting, as this makes it easier to work through the tasks. Cleaning supplies such as cloths, disinfectants, mops, brushes, and household items like lemons and baking powder, are all required for hands-on cleaning of windows, appliances and surfaces. Similarly, storage baskets and boxes can be very useful in organising items, so consider stocking up on these before starting a spring clean. It can be very satisfying to do a deep clean and clear out, though it may take some time. Once all the hard work is done it’s time to put your feet up to enjoy a refreshing drink and soak in the fruits of your labour.