From Camden or Clapham, Southgate or Southwark, people all over London will be rolling up their sleeves, dusting off their brooms, donning their pinnies, buying an arsenal of domestic products, and getting ready to carry out a good spring cleaning in the coming weeks.
The spring clean is a treasured ritual the world over as it offers the chance to declutter the home, as well as the mind, and embrace those lighter, brighter days with a tidy, organised, and glistening new home. It really is a recipe for happiness, at least temporarily, anyway.
If you want to make the most of your spring clean but you’re not sure where to start, our top spring cleaning tips are here to help.
Particularly in London, when it comes to a neat and organised home, space is everything. Now, it may be easier said than done, but the foundations of a successful spring clean is letting go of the things you don’t need and getting rid of them once and for all.
Ever wondered why you kept hold of that year-two maths exercise book, or that old toilet roll holder that looks like a young Barbara Windsor in a panto dress? Well, don’t. Just understand that if you haven’t used it in over a year and it has no genuine sentimental or monetary value, get rid of it. Make a list in each room of all of the things you without a doubt need, and then work your way through the home armed with boxes and bin liners, throwing out anything considered clutter. Be ruthless, you’ll thank yourself in the long run. And if you need some space in which to operate, why not put some of your bulkier items into self storage for a while until you’ve decided what to do with everything?
Assemble a cleaning kit
Now you’ve rid yourself of all of the things bogging you down; you’ll have the space to get stuck in with the spring cleaning. But, hold your horses, you’ll need a proper cleaning kit to do the job well. To make things easier, here are the things you’ll need:
● All-purpose cleaner
● Disinfecting wipes
● A lovely pair of marigolds
● Glass cleaner for showers and windows
● Carpet spot cleaner
● Microfiber cloths
● A sponge
● A small duster
Neatly arrange each of these items in order of importance and place them in a portable basket or caddy – Bob’s your uncle (who’s Bob?) – you have your very own spring cleaning kit.
Spring clean room by room
You’ve de-hoarded each room methodically, assembled your cleaning kit, and now it’s time to get down and dirty. Rather than flitting between each room, addressing all floors, then all walls, etc., make sure you work room by room, ensuring the entire area is cleaned top to bottom before moving onto the next, getting into all of those hard to reach places while being as thorough as possible. By doing so, you will find it easier to pay exceptional attention to detail and work more efficiently.
Buy a decent vacuum cleaner
Spring cleaning is a big domestic deal. If you have a vacuum cleaner that looks like its hamster powered, it’s worth buying or borrowing an upgrade for the job. Any vacuum over 200 air watts will have ample suction, and models with a spinning brush will give rug and carpet fibres a deeper clean. Most importantly, don’t rush – vacuuming is one of the most vital parts of any spring clean.
Add a new flourish
As a just reward for all that hard work, sacrifice, and dust-filled nostrils, once you’ve finished your spring clean, treat yourself to something new for the home. Buy a new bouquet of flowers, or if you have perpetual hay fever, a new picture frame or ornament to signify a fresh start and breathe new life into your home.