The spring cleaning and decluttering tips you need this season

  • September 13, 2022

Given the rain we’ve had in the last few months and the fact that so many of us are still working from home, it’s no surprise our houses and apartments are in dire need of a clean out. A massive spring clean, if you will. If you feel like the clutter is slowly but steadily taking over your life and you’re ready to start the next season with a refreshed vibe, look no further. We’ve got the tips for you.

  • 1. Take it one room at a time

    There are two kinds of people in this world. The kind who live to organise and clean, and the kind who loathe it like a kid being force-fed broccoli at dinner time. If you fall in the later category – that’s totally fine. Rome wasn’t built in a day. The best way to start tackling your newfound cleaning ambitions is to start one room at a time. This makes it less overwhelming, but also makes the process less tiring, which is a bonus in and of itself. To help you along the way, make a list of which rooms you’ll focus on first. You might want to start with the bedrooms and tackle one a week – or perhaps you’d rather start with the communal living spaces like the lounge room? Either way, try to do focus on the same type of rooms until you’re done – so if you start with one bedroom, continue with the next. If you start with the kitchen, move onto the bathroom and laundry. Not only will you find yourself needing the same products for these specific rooms, you can apply the same techniques as you go, rather than jumping from bedroom to bathroom and back again.

  • 2. If in doubt, chuck it out

    Parting is such sweet sorrow… Yes, it’s hard to get rid of the items we’ve coveted and collected over the years but sometimes you just need to cut the cord and make the tough decisions. Take a long, hard look at everything in the room you’re cleaning. Are there items or furniture you no longer need? If you haven’t used the item in question in the last 12 months, chances are it’s time to donate it – or throw it away if it’s well and truly passed its functionality. Most of the time these items can be better used by others, so consider finding new homes for anything that no longer serves a purpose in your home or makes you happy.

  • 3. Let there be light

    It’s amazing what a difference cleaning the windows can make. By dusting your blinds and cleaning your windows, you’ll allow more light into your home and completely change the ambience. Simply grab a bottle of glass cleaner, some strong paper towels and a microfibre cloth. This will help prevent any streaking and will be sure to capture any lingering dust. While you work on the internal windows, why not send another family member outside to start on an exterior window clean, too.

  • 4. Clear the air

    If we’re lucky enough to get a day with a bit of sun, it’s a no brainer to open the windows and let your home breathe (particularly after all the rain we’ve had) but if you want to take it up a notch and get rid of any nasty sink odours – there’s a simple solution. Take a lemon and cut yourself a handful of thick rind slivers. Rub these against your kitchen and bathroom sink drain holes. Once you’re done, simply flush with water. Easy, natural and effective!

  • 5. Focus on the fridge

    Yes, we know your fridge is filled with your fave nudie blends but that doesn’t mean there’s not a heap of other items hiding away in there that may be passed their shelf life. Yep, it’s time to deep clean the fridge. Start by taking everything out and ascertaining what’s still in date and what isn’t. If there are items that are just on the cusp, make sure these go back into the fridge at the very front so you can see them instantly and remember to use them whenever opening the door. Before re-populating the fridge with all your goodies, give it a strong wipe down and clean, ensuring any drips, leaks or food bacteria are all cleaned up. Try to take out the shelves to do this if you can, so you can reach all those tough corners. The best way to clean them? Simple warm, soap water will do the trick.

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