The summer months are almost amongst us, and there is no better feeling than decluttering your home in the spring, so when summer rolls around you are free to venture off to the beach without household worries. Follow these tips to clean up your home this spring:
- Closet: Organising your closet is a good starting point for decluttering. Start by getting rid of unused clothes. Next organise clothes by usage in your closet. Putting work clothes together, casual clothes and more formal, less often worn clothes deeper in your closet.
- Clean Painted Walls: Start with a clean cloth or sponge and water. If that doesn’t work, dip the rag or sponge into water mixed with a little dishwashing liquid, the milder the better. If the stain persists, apply a few drops of soap directly onto the wet sponge or cloth you’re using. For more stubborn cases, you could apply a little soap right onto the stain. If you need to resort to a stronger product like Fantastik or Formula 409 be gentle and rinse with water afterwards.
- Add some color: Spice up your interior with some blasts of color throughout your bedroom, living room and kitchen. This can be as simple as adding some colorful pillows or tea towels to accent the more neutral tones.
- Clean the carpets: Vacuum every day and use a top-load vacuum, so the dirt falls inward, and HEPA filters. Change the filters often, so you don’t blow pollutants back into the air. Suggest to housemates or family to remove shoes when entering to avoid bringing in dirt.
- Cleaning tiles: Clean bathroom and kitchen tiles with a cleaner that has “neutral pH” on the label. You can also mix baking soda and water for a homemade cleaner
- Counter tops: Getting rid of stains on granite can be tricky, but the key is to wipe up stains ASAP. Also have your countertop sealed a few times as soon as it’s installed. You’ll know it’s sealed properly when water beads and forms droplets on the surface. Then have it sealed again a year later. You can poultice away rust, and you remove soap scum or mildew with a solution of 1/2 cup ammonia in a gallon of water.
- Area Rugs: Clean your area rugs every four or five years — or every 10 years if a rug is not walked on much. Overcleaning contributes to wear and tear. Really fine silk rugs need be cleaned only every 20 or 30 years. For treating stains at home, keep a bottle of club soda on hand.
A clean house can make all the difference in giving your home a face lift before the hot months are here.