Spring cleaning is the traditional time to deep clean your home, paying particular attention to annual cleaning tasks and difficult to reach areas. Historically, the arrival of spring gave us the chance to open the windows to let fresh air and light back into our homes after a long winter. Now that we have technically-advanced appliances to assist with the daily chores, is spring cleaning still necessary?
A simple spring clean
Of course, our homes are easier to keep clean now that we have vacuum cleaners, washing machines and so many other gadgets. Looking around my own home though, I can see areas that could benefit from some particular attention. (Please don’t look too carefully at my ceiling cornices, for example!) Spring cleaning season gives us the chance to review our homes and add some extra cleaning tasks to our weekly schedules. For example:
- When was the last time you pulled out the oven or dishwasher to clean behind it?
- When did your rugs, curtains and sofas last get a proper clean?
- Is there an area of your home that needs a good declutter?
- What broken items have you been holding on to, that need to be fixed or replaced?
National Spring Cleaning Week
This week is National Spring Cleaning Week in the UK, so I will be using the week to review what needs to be done. Life is full though, and as much as I would love to devote the whole week to sparkling-up my home, I have to go to work, look after Mr 5, prepare for visitors, keep this blog up to date… so instead I will take the week to plan my tasks for the rest of the month. Even taking 30 minutes per week to achieve some tasks will make a huge difference to your home. Whether you do it yourself, or book specialists to come in and help, a good spring clean will help you feel lighter, motivated and more in control.
Not just “cleaning”
Whilst spring cleaning usually refers to a thorough, deep clean of the home, why not consider applying the same principles to other areas of your life. Whilst you are in spring cleaning mode, now is the perfect time to consider other areas that would benefit from a clean and declutter:
- Paperwork and filing: Are you holding onto paperwork that you don’t need? Even the most organised filing system can benefit from a review and declutter. If your paperwork could do with some attention, check out my post on taming your paper clutter.
- Digital files: The same applies for digital filing. Review your documents, delete what you can, review your back up procedures and run a system check.
- Car: Book your car in for a service, get it valeted inside and out, check your paperwork and remind yourself what to do if you have an emergency.
- Finances: Review your last few months’ bank and credit card statements. Is everything correct? What regular monthly outgoings could you do without? What do you need to cancel? Can you get a better rate elsewhere? How is your budget looking?
- Wardrobe: Spring is the perfect time to review what’s hanging in your wardrobe. Pack away the winter gear and review what you need for the coming season.
- Smoke alarms: When did you last test your smoke alarms? Give them a dust, change the batteries and run a test.
I love spring cleaning, and am looking forward to ticking off those tasks one by one over the coming weeks. Every home deserves a bit of extra attention, at whatever time of the year suits you best. But there’s something about wide-open windows, freshly laundered curtains, and a vase of fresh flowers on the dresser, that reminds me that Spring has really arrived.
Are you planning any spring cleaning this year? What’s top of your to-do list? I’d love to hear how you are tackling it, an what it means to you. I will be heading straight to the feather duster and those ceiling cornices!