In an era of international pandemic and widespread lockdown, your home is more than just your castle… it’s your fortress.
Not to mention your workplace, your gym and your general haven from all the world’s woes. You and your family will have been spending virtually all your time at home over the past 3 weeks or so. Given that we have at least another few weeks’ worth of lockdown to endure, now is the perfect time to invest your time and effort into making your home perfect. They say that familiarity breeds contempt, and it’s fair to say that since we’re spending all our days at home (outside of brief sojourns outside to exercise or pick up essentials) the flaws and imperfections are becoming all-too apparent.
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With the whole family on lockdown, the home is more prone to mess, disarray and germs. As such, now is the perfect time to carry out the ultimate spring clean. A spring clean that will not only banish germs and bugs but will make your home sparkling clean, neat, tidy and a tonic for your physical and mental health rather than a detriment to it.
Here’s how you’re going to get it just right!
Start out with a plan
Live pretty much everything else in life, a good spring clean is much easier when you have a plan. Prioritise which areas of the home will be cleaned first based on which see the most use. Make sure you have more than enough cloths (you’ll be getting through a lot) and load up on anti-bacterial cleaning products. Or, if you prefer the more eco-friendly DIY approach, you can make your own from a combination of water, white vinegar, lemon juice and essential oils. Just make sure you make enough for the whole home. And, because you can’t get your home ship shape single-handedly, assign responsibilities to every member of the household. Even young kids can join the fun.
Declare war on clutter
Household clutter is the enemy of effective spring cleaning. It makes it much easier to get into all the little nooks and crannies where dirt, dust and bacteria can congregate. Furthermore, however, clutter can be surprisingly detrimental to your wellbeing, especially while you’re under lockdown.
Over time, the things we collect to add personality to our living space can eat up more and more of our free surface space. Instead of becoming complementary, they can become distracting and even add to our stress levels.
It may be worth having an honest conversation about what you want to keep and what you want to store in a personal storage unit. If you don’t want to get rid of your belongings, rotating them while keeping some in storage can be a great compromise.
Clean, polish and disinfect
With clutter clean away ands your floors and surfaces laid bare, it’s time to systematically get cleaning. Start out by sweeping or dusting to remove dust and dirt. Don’t forget oft neglected surfaces like dado rails, and especially those above eye level like curtain poles. Even carpets should be swept before vacuuming to remove dust from within the pile.
Hard surfaces should then be sprayed with your cleaning solution and wooden surfaces should be polished to restore their lustre. Be sure to disinfect hard surfaces in areas like the the kitchen and the bathroom with a household disinfectant or a home made mix of 1 part bleach to 10 parts water.
Don’t neglect your windows… they’re the gateway to wellbeing
Natural light is hugely important to our mental health. And now that we’re getting a lot more of it, it’s time to make sure we get the most of it. While you’re on lockdown, natural light and the view of your garden and the sky will be your most vital link to the outside world. So make sure that your windows are as clean and possible on the inside and the outside. A 50/50 combination of water and distilled vinegar is arguably cheaper and more effective than any store-bought window cleaner. Be sure to use a clean cloth for a streak-free shine. While you’re at it, you might want to swap out heavy drapes for a lighter alternative or even a venetian blind to make the most of the sun.
Can you handle this?
Finally, a small but important touch. Be sure to thoroughly clean and disinfect parts of the home that are regularly touched by your hands. Door handles are one obvious example, but don’t forget keyboards and laptops, phones and tablets and remote controls.
Disclosure: This is a partnered post