Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to declutter and make sure your home is in tip-top shape. We've created a playlist and room-by-room guide to help you keep motivated.
Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to declutter and make sure your home is in tip-top shape.
We?re sure you?ll agree that it?s not the most thrilling of tasks, so that?s why we?ve created a room-by-room guide and fun playlist to help you keep motivated.
We?ve also included handy cleaning tips and ideas for getting your kids involved (it can be done)!
Plus there are clever ways to help you make money from the junk you want to get rid of!
When you think about spring cleaning your home it can seem like a daunting task. There are probably 100 good reasons you should plonk down on the sofa with a cup of tea and a biscuit and ignore the whole thing until summer arrives and you can hide out in the garden. But, if you break down your tasks and tackle them room-by-room it will seem like a more manageable workload. That’s why we created the goodtoknow Spring Cleaning Checklist. Download it for free, print and then get cleaning!
There’s nothing like a good boogie to help you clean.
We’ve created a goodtknow Spring Cleaning Playlist on Spotify which you can stream here. Adapt it to make your own and don’t forget to share it with us and your friends when you’re done.
1. Get Lucky – Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams
2. I Want To Break Free – Queen
3. Firework – Katy Perry
4. Got To Be Real – Cheryl Lynn
5. Last Nite – The Strokes
6. Mr. Brightside – The Killers
7. Lose In Music – Sister Sledge
8. Believe – Cher
9. Happy – Pharrell Williams
10. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye
11. Counting Starts – One Republic
12. Spice Up Your Life – Spice Girls
13. You Can’t Hurry Love – The Supremes
14. Brimful Of Asha – Cornershop
15. 9 to 5 – Dolly Parton
Getting your children involved in spring cleaning can be fun and helpful. We’re not talking about child slave labour, but here are three tasks they could help you with.
1. Ask them to sort out their clothes into piles of items that no longer fit them, ready to pass on to siblings or to the local charity shop.
2. Get them to organise their toys and books. Put ones they never play with into a box, ready for selling or donating.
3. Your children will love stripping beds of their covers. Show them how and then supervise while they do the rest.
Spring is the perfect time to pack away your winter clothes (OK, maybe keep them accessible in case the weather turns really nasty) and to get rid of the things you never wear.
Look for things that fall into the following categories:
- You haven’t worn it for two winters
- It has stains, rips or is worn out (and you don’t care about the item enough to get it fixed)
- It doesn’t fit you anymore
If an item falls into any of the above categories then it’s time to sell, donate, recycle or throw it out.
One of the advantages of spring cleaning is that you can get rid things you not longer need or want.
The best way to do this is sell the items online or by going to a car-boot sale.
If you don’t want to sell the items then you could always donate them to a local charity shop or list them on Freecycle.org.
Oscar Wilde once wrote: ‘If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all’. I don’t think Oscar had an overflowing bookcase and a lack of storage space to contend with, so sadly sometimes our literary collections get a bit out of control and they need to be pruned.
Here are five steps to cleaning and decluttering your bookcase:
1. Take everything off all the shelves
2. Dust down and clean the inside and outside of the shelves
3. Choose what to keep
5. Donate any books that you no longer need. You can also try selling them on the Amazon or via Webuybooks.co.uk
Over time, walls end up neglected and covered in marks, dust and grime. It’s surprising how much brighter your home will look after giving them a good clean.
Here the ultimate five steps to cleaning your walls:
1. Start by dusting the wall, either using a dusting brush or giving the edges a hoover.
2. Cover furniture or carpet that might be damaged by splashing water or cleaning solution.
3. Pay attention to marks and stains first. Make a paste from baking powder and water – this will get rid of crayon and pencil marks. Put the paste onto a cloth and rub until the stain lifts.
4. Do a spot test with your cleaning solution to make sure it doesn’t damage the paint or wallpaper.
5. Half fill two buckets of water. The first should be filled with cleaning solution and the other with warm water to rinse when it’s looking dirty. Clean the rest of the wall.
kitchen cupboards looking messy. When you’re giving your house a good
spring clean this is always top of our list.
Here are the ultimate five steps to cleaning your kitchen cupboards:
1. Remove everything, cupboard-by-cupboard and scrub the shelves with some soapy water.
they’re drying take a look at the contents. Is there anything out of
date, or crockery that you don’t use anymore? Throw it out or donate it.
3. Think about what you use most often and make sure it’s in an easy to reach position.
Before you put everything back think about how to maximise your space.
Can you hang pots or utensils up in the kitchen? Or could you mount your
knife rack on the wall?
5. Don’t forget to clean the exterior of the cupboards too.
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