If you didn't quite get to spring cleaning the interior of your property, fear not. There will be plenty of opportunities to get it looking spic and span in the coming summer months. The question is, where should you start? And, are there any great hacks of which you should be taking advantage? Read on for some expert advice.
Set up a detailed cleaning schedule
It can feel quite overwhelming thinking about the various cleaning tasks that you need to get through each week. That overwhelm is why it can help create a tidying-up schedule so that you can break the work up into more manageable increments.
For example, make Monday the day that you clean the fish tank, Tuesday the day for vacuuming, Wednesday the day for laundry, etc.
With the help of a comprehensive schedule, you will find that you are a lot more productive and less stressed.
Focus on de-cluttering
Clutter tends to build up during the colder months of the year, which is why summer is a great time to get rid of items that you no longer use or need.
Set aside a week for every room in the house and slowly work your way through. You should strive to investigate the contents of all of the drawers, cupboards, and all of the items sitting on the room's various surfaces.
Separate the items that you want to get rid of into three categories: donate, sell, and throw away. If at all possible, do your best to recycle or up-cycle as many items in the latter category as you can to avoid waste.
Make DIY cleaning essentials
It is easy to make natural cleaning products if you are not a fan of using harsh chemicals in your home.
For example, you can make a powerful all-purpose cleaner by mixing:
- 1 cup of white vinegar
- 1 cup of warm water
- A few sprigs of rosemary
- Lemon zest
The recipe works like a bomb and smells refreshing, too!
Another example is home-made, all-natural carpet cleaner. You will need:
- One cup of white vinegar
- Two cups of warm water
- Two teaspoons of salt
- A few drops of clear eucalyptus essential oil
Mix and shake in a large spray bottle. Spray generously all over the dirty carpets. Leave to dry overnight and vacuum the following morning.
Clean your windows
Who wants to admire the beautiful flowers in bloom and colorful birds from a dirty, streaky window? Summer is when you should be putting some extra effort into cleaning your windows.
You can use a traditional window cleaner or use hot water mixed with distilled vinegar instead. It is best to use a sponge to avoid unsightly streaks – and don't forget to rinse and dry the window frames to avoid causing any damage.
Consider hiring a part-time maid
There are so many great activities and moments to enjoy throughout the warmer months. So why spend all of your time cooped up inside trying to work your way through the mess and the dirt?
Give yourself a break and hire a part-time maid! HDB cleaning companies offer part-time maids on both a one-off and repeated basis to suit your needs.
A part-time helper gives you the perfect opportunity to take a breather and enjoy the summertime weather to the maximum. You can be sure that it will be worth every cent.
The bottom line
Summertime cleaning doesn't have to be the chore that you expect. Put all of the tips above into practice, and you will be able to enjoy the warmer weather and a spotless home. Here's to the new season!