The 2016 Spring Cleaning Checklist
Get rid of unused clothes and accessories, by that, decide what you haven't worn for the last two years. The chances are that you're not going to wear these older fashions over new ones so take the plunge and fill up the charity bag. You should now have a surplus of clothes hangers by which to pick out the best, and bin the worn out or broken. This is also an opportunity to get the right hanger for the right piece of clothing and coordinate accordingly, keeping the hanger collection orderly and fit for purpose.
Harmonise your reduced clothing by colour for easy view, and practicality for simple accessory building. You'll find this will be more appealing so making selection on busy mornings less time-consuming plus you're more likely to want to keep your wardrobe tidy and attractive.
Anything that has reached its seasonal peak, pack up in tidy containers or plastic boxes, neatly tucked away and kept fresh for when winter returns again.
Having attacked the restless wardrobe, other shelving will appear a breeze in comparison. Is your shelving looking tired or out of kilter with the rest of your interior? If yes, consider a contemporary new look for your design, such aschrome wire shelving units or cube shelving. Not only will it give you a tastefully new focal-point it will provide an added incentive not to over dress. Having open shelving will allow you to see what you have and love, rather than hanging on to hidden-away unwanted items whilst keeping areas simple, clean and fresh.
Sort books by size and subject, add dimension by lining books up both vertically and horizontally, keeping lines clean and giving a random but chic effect. Break up the consistency by adding a few well-placed and pretty ornaments to add interest and a flavour of your personality.
A spring clean by any other name wouldn't be so without some good old fashioned elbow-grease. Get cleaning all areas top to bottom, from carpets, tiles and floors to skirting, windows and doors, not forgetting to make the lamps and lights sparkle again.
For tile care, try to use a cleaner that states 'PH neutral' on the label. However you can make your own natural remedy by mixing ½ cup of baking soda to 2 gallons of water. Mixing well and using either a string or sponge mop, apply to tiles and grouting. You should have them gleaming in no time.
Cleaning windows the natural way is to use 1 gallon water with a good dose (2 tablespoons)
Wash curtains, tie-backs and nets. There's nothing nicer than seeing pure white nets dancing on the washing line in the early springtime sunshine. Rehang them when dry to fill rooms with garden-freshness.
As a finishing touch add a splash of gentle colour and ambient scent by decorating shiny windows with a bunch of seasonal flowers.
By the time you have completed these tasks your home should be looking brand new all over again and for many this process has a wonderful therapeutic knock-on effect.
As the saying goes 'Tidy home, tidy mind'.
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