As we shed our winter coats and start to enjoy the spring sunshine and flowers, there's no quicker way to get our homes ready for the blooming season than with a rejuvenating spring cleaning session.
An annual spring clean is a satisfying tradition that helps to prepare us for the warm months ahead: it's a time to donate any clothing we haven't worn in months, put our winter coats and jumpers into storage and unpack our sundresses and sandals, and focus on parts of the home that we've likely been neglecting in the cold, winter months, like any outside spaces.
Your spring clean is the perfect moment to organise your cluttered office space and sort through your documents, swap your bedding over to lighter, warm-weather alternatives and clean out the fridge and defrost the freezer.
It's also the moment to clear out the kids' rooms, and give away any of your children's toys, books or clothes that they may no longer need.
If you're time-pressed, you can still give your home a reboot for spring with these cheat's guide tips from the experts at Hassle.com, the website that matches busy people with local, trusted cleaners.
1. Create a cleaning timeline
When embarking on a big spring clean, it's important to know the areas you need to cover. It's likely you're already on top of the areas that need to be cleaned daily such as the kitchen and the bathroom. The aim of spring cleaning is to blow the cobwebs out of those hard-to-reach places. Know your priorities; this will make the job much easier.
For example, to prevent dust mites building up in your bed, make sure you vacuum your mattress. Give your oven a good old scrub, too - if you soak the oven overnight it will be sparkling by the time you wake up. Job done for another six months!
2. Dust first. Then vacuum
It's a small tip but a good'un: if you want to stay one step ahead of the cleaning game, make sure you tackle your dusting first. Dust will collect on the carpet and you can suck up with the vacuum cleaner afterwards. Easy!
When hoovering, make sure you cover the corners and cracks in the room to catch dirt from any hard-to-reach places.
3. Use a multi-purpose cleaner for most tasks
White vinegar works wonders and has a multitude of uses. As well as making chips taste amazing, it's also great for disinfecting bathrooms and kitchens and cleaning wooden floors. It's extremely handy. Plus, it's eco-friendly - perfect for those that want to spring clean without chemicals.
4. Make it even easier
If you want to make spring cleaning a breeze, why not hire someone else to do your spring cleaning for you? Even if you can't afford or don't need a regular cleaner, getting a cleaning service in for a big clean once a year can save you lots of time and aggravation...