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This is the blog for the busy ones - the household where everyone is everywhere, juggling jobs, extracurricular responsibilities, side hustles, schoolwork and many other responsibilities simultaneously.
You wish you had the time for a deep spring clean or even the budget to commission one, but you don’t!
Don’t be hard on yourself. There are simple quickie Spring Clean hacks to make you feel a little better and less guilty as the days get longer, the sun shines brighter, and the dust becomes much more apparent…
Look at our ‘Spring Clean Cheat Sheet’ filled with quickie hacks to refresh your home AND your mood.
Natural light is good for you, but you have to clean your windows to let all the sunshine in.
A simple once-over with white vinegar in a spray bottle or a decent spray of windolene will do wonders. It will improve the way your home looks from the outside, while making you feel less dust-ridden when looking out from the inside.
The same goes for all your mirrored surfaces. Give a once-over to all those smudged mirrors throughout your home. Whether it’s the overmantle mirror, the one on the bathroom cabinets, the glassy shower dividers or bedroom dressing tables, give your reflective surfaces some TLC.
We all know the joy of that fresh, clean scent from a newly cleaned home. But, until you have the time and means to do a proper deep clean, some things can help you achieve that same fresh sensation.
It’s a simple change, but it helps. Invest in some new white, cream, or light-coloured bed sheets and bed covers to give your bedroom an airy, bright feeling.
There’s nothing like crisp white pillowcases - a quick visual sensory trick to give your bedroom a more spacious feel.
If you can, do this simple changeover to all your cushion covers and soft furnishings.
Another quick way to psyche yourself and your visitors into feeling spring-like when entering your home are to freshen up that first entrance.
The simple act of adding some potted spring blooms will make all the difference. A simple pot of seasonal hyacinths will greet your entrance with a fresh scent every time you step through that doorway.
Prefer flowers in a Vase? Then aim for the lilies, and they’ll greet your visitor with a pop of fragrance.
A new fresh doormat to replace the old winter-beaten one might do the trick. It will also do a better job of blocking more muck from entering your home.
As the weather gets drier, do this.
The simple act of tidying up your shelves and rearranging books and ornaments will do wonders. Remove any accumulating clutter on your shelves and tuck them away into cabinets if you have to.
Do it with the additional support of a decent portable duster or fine-nozzled hoover extension. A quick swipe in and around should leave you feeling way more virtuous, just knowing the bookshelves are in order and the dust no longer piling up.
Give your kitchen pantry shelves a once over too. Remove those accumulated bits of food scraps and leftover packaging.
Get rid of the dangerously out-of-date foodstuff. If you have too much of one thing, consider bringing unused food to the food bank for immediate distribution if close to its use-by date.
You have more room to restock with fresh food and your spring and summer favourites.
Do the same with your fridge.
That’s right! Get those plant pots filled with new houseplants to give the house a bit of a lift and some fresh colour.
Don’t forget plants are proven to help you purify the air. They also have the psychological effect of enhancing your mood and sense of well-being.
Nowhere does this help more than in the bathroom. Find a houseplant that will love the humidity, and voila! You will have a happy new symbiotic relationship with this organic air freshener!
A few little pots of herbs in the kitchen sill will also leave you feeling a little more spring-like and a little less dour and wintery.
Do away with all those old fallen leaves and twigs. Time to remove as much of the dead stuff in your backyard and front garden just so that the view itself isn’t a downer.
There you have it—simple, fast ways to give yourself a Spring clean quickie.
Just writing about it made us feel a little lighter!