Is your home starting to look a little too cluttered? While a little but of clutter can be charming, excess clutter and dirt can easily turn a beautiful home into an unliveable nightmare.
Luckily, cleaning up is easy. With a little bit of time and motivation – combined with a good album to listen to on your iPod – you can transform your home from a messy teenager’s bedroom into a luxurious residence in no time at all.
One of the hardest parts of cleaning is getting started. Where do you begin? In this blog post, we’ll help you work out a cleaning and tidying order for your home that makes cleaning up a simple and stress-free as possible.
Always clean outside before you clean inside
Got a dirty terrace to clean? Need to rake up the leaves? Always clean the outside of your home before you start cleaning inside to prevent dirty shoes from bringing dirt and dust into your recently cleaned, spotless living space.
If you’re cleaning outside and think dust could become an issue, close all doors and windows to prevent it from making its way inside. Clean your shoes and clothes to prevent outside mess from ending up inside your home
Start with the rooms furthest from your living area
One of the best ways to clean your home is with the “clean sweep” strategy. Start at one end of your home – for example, the bedroom furthest from your living room – and work your way across your home one room at a time.
Working from one extreme to another has two benefits: it’s organisationally simple and, because you’re not treading over the same space again and again, you’ll rarely spread dust and dirt from one room into another.
Clean bathrooms, kitchens and wet spaces early
Bathrooms, kitchens and other wet spaces are easy to clean – most of the time, all you need is a mop, bucket and sponge. However, carrying this cleaning equipment through your home can result in drips, spillages and potentially nasty stains.
Prevent spills and drips from staining your carpet by cleaning the wet parts of your home first. This way, you’ll be able to clean up any spilled cleaning liquid or water as you clean the other parts of your home.
Finish cleaning each room before you start the next
Don’t leave a partially cleaned room unfinished. Not only will you need to return to it later – and potentially spread dust and dirt in the process – but you’ll also create another job for yourself and increase the time it takes to clean your home.
Once you start cleaning and tidying a room, commit to finishing the job before you move on and begin on the next one. From carpets to ceilings, make sure every inch has been cleaned and tidied before you tick any room off your “to clean” list.
Don’t start vacuuming until your whole home is clean
In the process of removing mess, you might create a little bit of mess yourself. Dirty shoes, gloves and brooms can spread dust throughout your home as you clean and make your vacuum cleaner’s job more difficult.
Because of this, it’s best to wait until you’re 100% finished cleaning before starting to vacuum. Focus on bigger cleaning tasks – washing dirty laundry, organising your closet and so on – before you bring out the vacuum cleaner.
While you have the vacuum out it would be worth filling a vacuum storage bag with off season clothes or bedding. They really do free up a lot of room!