Spring is here and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be getting ready to spring clean your home and get it feeling and looking so fresh and so clean! This is in fact something that I do once every season as I change out my wardrobes, clear the cupboards and really get my home in order. Then for the rest of the season I deep clean my home with my friend who helps me once a fortnight and I maintain with little mini cleans in between. It works for me and the amount of spare time that I have and I’d really recommend it if you’re someone who feels as though they don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to cleaning Mrs Hinch style (obsessed with her Instagram account- what a lovely person she seems to be) but still feel inspired to keep your home clean and tidy.
The key thing for me is to keep my apartment tidy, always. I have a home for everything which is something that I picked up from reading Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying book a few years ago. I was on holiday in Mauritius and couldn’t help but feel excited to get home so that I could tidy and organise my bedroom at my dads! By having a home for everything, I know where everything lives in my apartment, so to speak, so when I’ve worn or used something, I put it back where it belongs, then its not just left on the side cluttering the place up. By doing this, everything looks tidy, it just needs a quick clean every now and again to keep on top of the dust, dirt and grime. It works well for me and I feel so much more calm when my home is in order, tidy and clean.
Earlier today, I posted on the WhatLauraLoves Instagram Story
, sharing that I was heading into Home Bargains to stock up on cleaning products ready for a big spring clean this week and some of you gave me some great recommendations of products to buy, so thank you! Its great to have such a supportive audience, sharing tips and tricks as it makes me feel like I’m not alone. When I was at school, they didn’t teach anything domestic related, you know, like things that you actually need to know
and I think a lot of us are in the same boat, just learning as we go along the way so its lovely to be able to speak openly and help each other without fear of being judged!
When undertaking a big spring clean, I’d first suggest having a big declutter
first of all. When your home is messy and there’s things everywhere, you’re really just making a rod for your own back because every time that you go to clean you’ve got to tidy first which just makes the job seem all the more time consuming. Clear out all of your wardrobes and draws and get rid of anything that you don’t use or need. If its not making you feel happy when you look at it, move it onto a new home be it through charity, giving to friends and family who can make use of it or selling online through sites like eBay, Depop, Gumtree, Facebook Marketplace and of course, at car boot sales; they’re a great place to go to sell your unwanted items as your trash can be another persons treasure!
START IN THE KITCHEN
Whenever I’m going to spring clean my home, I’ll start in the kitchen. A good kitchen declutter
to me is cleaning out all of the cupboards and appliances and really getting them sparkling clean. The guide below is a great detailed guide with tips and tricks on how to clean your home appliances, from dishwashers through to freezers and I’ll be following it for this years spring clean to make sure that every area of my kitchen is super clean.
Make sure you check the use by dates on all of your items in the cupboards and discard anything that is unused. Its a good idea to make a note of what you actually have so that you can put meals plans together to actually use up the food that you have in your cupboards as well; so many of us have tins and sauces that we’re just not using up and it’s a complete waste to be buying more food when there’s already things in your home that you can use. I’m going to buy some spice jars this week as well as I have lots of packets of spices in my cupboards that’ll look and store better in jars as they’ll not spill out into the cupboards when they’re all sealed up properly.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR APPLIANCES
Provided by Beko
Leave no stone unturned when it comes to a spring clean in your kitchen. This is a part of your home that can play host to the most bacteria and dirt and you definitely don’t want that in a place that you’re going to be cooking. I’ll share the specific products that I use in another post but three of my favourite products to use are the Cif Stainless Steel cleaner- yes, a find through Mrs Hinch- the Dettol All In One Antibacterial Spray and Zoflora which I use EVERYWHERE, even on lightbulbs and radiators as when you turn them on and they heat up, it then makes your home smell lush!
If you’re spring cleaning your own home soon, I wish you the best of luck. We’ve got this girls!
What are your top kitchen cleaning tips?