Love them or hate them, home chores just have to get done. Take advantage of the offers on cleaning equipment this spring cleaning season and spend a day buffing up your house to sparkling status! Follow these tips to turn your spring clean into a dream.
Buy New Equipment
If you have a piggy bank filled with coppers (I have two!), get them changed at the bank and use your newfound petty riches to buy new cloths, scouring pads, cleaning agents, air fresheners, oven cleaner and a fresh mop. Fresh cleaning equipment just feels better before a big top to bottom clean.
Block out a whole day
Reserve one of your lazy Sundays to be not so lazy. If you get up at seven, have an energy filled breakfast and coffee and get started by half eight, your spring clean will be over by tea time, just as the takeaways opens for you to gather your reward.
Decide on what to do with the Children
It’s nice to involve children with cleaning jobs. It teaches them responsibility and basic cleaning skills, but it can also take up a lot of time as you keep an eye on the little’uns and try to make the tasks as fun as possible at the same time. Sometimes you have to accept that you’re not Mary Poppins, and keep the children occupied while you get on with things.
Get an Audiobook
The popular Audiobook site Audible.com offers a free audiobook for new members, so sign up, grab what you fancy, and make your least favourite chores so much more enjoyable when you’re stuck in a good story. An average audiobook lasts around 8 hours (unless you’ve chosen War & Peace), which should last you through the whole spring clean.
Or Get a Motivation Playlist
Working to a beat is a proven way to get physical activity get done quicker, and getting all that scrubbing and dusting done to your favourite songs will make the task ten times more enjoyable. If you’re really into the science of working to a beat, try and build your playlist into keeping a regular beat (no slow songs!) by using this BPM counter.
Kitchen and Bathroom First
Make yourself a cold meal for lunch to store in the fridge in the morning and then tackle the kitchen first, as this is the most difficult room. Once you’ve scraped the burnt on grease stains off your oven door, matched all your pots and lids and cleared the dust round the back of the fridge, everything else will seem like a doddle. The bathroom should be your second stop, since you’ll want to get the unpleasant toilet cleaning and soap scum clearing out of the way.