Cleaning Up and Sprucing Up: Tips for Spring Cleaning and Renovating

Last Updated on March 18, 2024 by SampleBoard

For many Aussies, the 1st of September is the perfect day to start cleaning and sprucing up your home.

Not only does it mark the beginning of the new spring season, but it also signifies a change in temperature and mood, which people want to reflect in their property.

Often, this manifests itself in renovation work and deep spring cleaning. But depending on the size of your house, this can be a daunting task.

Here are some quick and efficient strategies that will help you clear out the cobwebs and transform your living space into something fresh and full of vitality - just like spring.

1. Declutter

One of the first things you should do during a spring clean is to declutter.

This involves getting rid of anything you haven't used for a while and being honest enough with yourself to realize that you probably won't use it again.

For instance, when was the last time you used that old set of side tables in the garage?

Or the 1980s boombox in the back of your bedroom wardrobe?

And how many boxes of unopened crockery and cutlery have you got stored away in the kitchen?

Embracing a 'less is more' approach will help you to create more living space and in turn this will also reduce how much cleaning you will need to do.

Whilst you are decluttering, try to divide your belongings into four categories: Those items you will sell, send to charity, recycle, or send off to the tip.

There are plenty of companies that can help you dispose of these items in an ethical, eco-conscious, and professional manner, including 1300 Rubbish.

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2. Fixing and Renovating

Once you have decluttered, now is the time to fix up and renovate your home.

The chances are there are plenty of odd little jobs that need doing, such as fastening rickety shelves, peeling and repainting window frames, and replacing light fixtures.

You may also want to enhance the look of your home through small renovations like putting in new countertops or hardware in the kitchen or ripping up carpets to expose hardwood floors.

Take the time to get all these tasks done before starting the cleaning. (Again, a good rubbish removal company can help you get rid of the debris).

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3. Clean one room at a time

Whilst spring cleaning, focus on one room at a time. This way, you will not get overwhelmed and feel like you are not getting anywhere.

It is a good idea to begin with the room that needs the biggest clean, as you should tackle it when your motivation and energy levels are at its highest.

You should also create a checklist of individual tasks, such as polishing and dusting surfaces, wiping walls, washing curtains, and steam-cleaning the carpets, as this will make them more manageable.

As much as you can, take furniture outside to clean it. This will reduce the level of dust particles that circulate within your rooms.

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4. Use good cleaning products

When it comes to cleaning, some products do a better job than others.

You also get what you pay for. So, it is worth paying a bit more for a good brand that will properly do the job the first time you ask.

Look for products that are water-based and have been specifically designed for industrial or commercial cleaning purposes.

Try to ensure they have no allergens, and are environmentally friendly, non-toxic, and odour-free.

If you don’t want to fork out to corporations for cleaning products, you might prefer to make some homemade, natural solutions instead.

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5. Give the house a good airing out

Once you have completed the fixing, renovating, and spring cleaning, it is worth giving your house a complete airing out.

During the colder months of winter, it is understandable you will want to keep the windows closed and have the heating on.

However, doing this can create a virulent breeding ground for harmful bacteria, which in turn can lead to health allergies such as flu, colds, or allergies.

Airing out your home for at least a couple of hours will significantly improve its air quality, which means you will be able to enjoy the fruits of the labor you invested in sprucing it up much more agreeably.

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