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Spring time is often the time of year when homeowners become inspired and invigorated to start sprucing up their home for the warmer months. Whether your home is big or small, there’s nothing like a little bit of sunshine and blue skies to help you feel energised to start those projects around the home! We’ve put together a list with some great tips to help get your home ready for spring!
There’s nothing like cleaning up all the clutter around the house and freshening things up after winter! This is a great time to methodically go room by room and clear out any unwanted or unused items like toys, books, and even furniture. It’s the perfect opportunity to donate these items and make a little more space in your home, as well as helping your rooms feel tidier. Go one step further and organise all those important documents and bills you’ve been putting in a pile by creating a household filing system to keep everything in one place and prevent paperwork from building up again. It’s also a great time to go through your pantry and freezer and get rid of any food items that are out of date and reorganise those spaces to make room for Summer entertaining and all the indulgences that come along with the festive season!
It’s so easy to let our wardrobes overflow with clothes in the colder months. Spend an hour or so going through all the wardrobes in the house and remove anything that’s no longer worn or that children have grown out of. Donate anything in good condition and you’ll instantly have more space in your wardrobe. This is also a great time to rearrange everyone’s clothing, moving winter clothes out of the way and bringing your spring and summer clothing to the front for easy access as the weather heats up.
After all the wet and cold weather, the outside of your home will be in need of a good clean! Now’s the perfect time to get the power washer out to clean your weatherboards, bricks or render to get rid of the dirt and grime that’s built up, and grab a bucket and some sponges to make your windows sparkle. Safely clear out any leaves and dirt from the gutters before the spring time rain hits, and get rid of the cobwebs that may have built up over winter to make your home look as fresh as the day it was built!
This is the perfect time to give your alfresco area a good clean to prepare for long, lazy summer barbecues with family and friends. Hose down and scrub any furniture you have to make it look good as new, and even pop the outdoor couch cushion covers in the washing machine to clean them up in preparation for lazy afternoons outside. If you have paving, give it a good hose down and mop to get rid of the dust and dirt, and if you have a deck this is the best time to spend a weekend re-oiling it before summer.
The warmer days bring about so much excitement for spring and summer, so taking the time to organise and clean up your home inside and out before the weather gets too hot. This ensures you’ll be able to enjoy spring and summer without a long list of housework and tasks to complete. For more home inspiration and ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.
Spring is known as the season to start fresh, bring out the colours and say goodbye to the cold weather. As we head into the warmer months of the year, Spring provides the best time to clean and refresh your home. With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of cleaning tips to help you get your home in tip-top shape for the new season…
As the kitchen is one of the main areas of the home, think about:
As one of your most used appliances, the oven will always be something that needs a good cleaning. But giving your oven a super scrub between seasons is a great way to keep it in top condition and even extend its life!
The cupboard can often be forgotten when cleaning the kitchen. It’s not until you start digging deep that you find the outdated canned food, packets or open boxes that have been living on your shelves. There couldn’t be anything worse than having a snack and ending up sick because the due date was 2015! So, be sure to clean your cupboards every six months to check the dates, that way you can utilise the food before it’s outdated.
A busy traffic area, the living rooms are another space that will need a bit of attention. Areas to think about include…
Dust, food and small objects can get lost between the cushions or under the couch. Take this opportunity to get into those difficult little spots. Give your home a fung shui and clean under and in-between everything. You’d be amazed at some of the things you could find so grab the vacuum and start cleaning – just be sure you’re not vacuuming anything valuable.
Your bedroom tends to be one of the less messy areas of the home – unless you’re a teenager or a child! But it also provides the biggest opportunity to clean.
With warmer weather comes cooler clothing. It’s time to pull out all your clothes and reorganise based on the season. With winter behind us, pack away those heavy jackets or pants and pull out your shorts and dresses. But remember, like any season there are colder days so keep some key essentials like your favourite jeans and jumpers available.
The hallway and general living spaces have spots that are often overlooked. Think about…
Skirting boards and walls don’t take very long to become dusty or dirty. Even though you may vacuum once a week and do regular cleaning, these small areas are often forgotten. Pull out the duster, a cloth or even the vacuum and give these areas a clean every six months – you’ll notice a difference.
Floors get dirty, it’s a simple fact, especially during winter when it’s muddy or raining outside. Even if you take your shoes off outside or at the front door, dirt can still get into the house. Vacuuming the home can help clean this, but getting a steam clean once or twice a year can really make your carpet look brand new!
Don’t forget, just as your interior needs cleaning, so does your exterior. Think about…
Grab the hose and get washing! Due to the weather and outdoor environment, walls and windows of your home get quite dirty throughout the year. Spend some of your day with the hose outside and a bucket and give everything a wash. Weather can stain bricks and make them look completely different to when you first moved in, by giving them a power wash it will get rid of the grime – leaving them looking nice and clean!
If you’re going to truly take advantage of the warmer season, there’s no doubt that you’ll be using your alfresco area. Pull out all your furniture and clean them down, they will most likely be covered in webs or dirt from the outdoor environment. Cleaning your furniture will make guests feel more comfortable seating outside – without the worry of critters biting!
It might even be worth adding a fresh coat of varnish to make the deck look new!
Have your own spring cleaning secrets? Let us know in the comments!
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