Achieve a Mega Home Clean in 3 Easy Steps
If you're craving a view that's just an expanse of white clean space, the easy-as-1,2,3 nature of this cleaning guide may awaken vacumming urges that have been laying dormant. Give yourself some credit, we know it's been a busy week, or ahh..few weeks! But if your home is calling for some cleaning love it's time to list and give your living quarters, work desk or even your car a thoughtful makeover.
1. The mean clean
Like ripping off a Band-Aid, just jump in here. Press play on some music, make it loud and wear something comfortable that won't get in the way while you pursue dust in awkward places.
Microfibre cloths: Potentially the handiest cleaning item you have around. These little time-savers are specially designed to be re-usable and work a lot harder than regular cloths due to their tiny fibres which are designed to clean on microscopic scale (thus the name). It's also worth making sure you have a microfibre cloth designed for glass, which can be used on mirrors, doors and appliances for crystal clear, streak-free magic.
Vacuum cleaner: Stick vacuums are the best choice for small spaces as their cordless design makes them incredibly convinient to whip out at any time. They can run for around 30 minutes without recharging.
Cleaning products: You don't need a cabinet full – a decent floor cleaner, disinfectant and surface spray should do the trick. Alternatively, make your own mix using lavender, tea tree or eucalyptus essential oil mixed with some water and vinegar.
Dust trinkets, vases, picture frames and high surfaces such as the top of cupboards and shelves that get neglected in weekly cleans.
Wipe and clean all mirrors and glass.
Put a bowl of water into your microwave and oven and cook until steam fills the cavity, which helps loosen grime and grit. Now scrub and disinfect with vinegar.
Vacuum and consider using vacuum attachments to get into couch crevices and kitchen cupboard corners.
Wipe all built-ins.
Clean the shower and bath.
2. Organise your world
Your home hopefully now rakes in a top score on the hygiene front, but it still may not quite resemble the rejuvenated haven you envisioned upon starting. We're not done yet (sorry). This bit's important, and can have a pretty major impact if executed with a little perseverance and a touch of creativity.
Do a walk around and take note of bulging cupboards, loose items and disorderly systems that are supposed to make life easier but actually do zero (this would be invisible shoe boxes in my case). Think about how you use your home each day, items you reach for most and pathways to and from things. Dull? Far from it – you're about to revolutionise everyday life.
Create a systematic home for things like makeup, tidy cords and keep them away from feet with multi cord organisers, and store away things that are no longer needed from winter like doonas, thick jumpers and electric blankets. Howards Storage World and Big W are here to help if you need ideas.
3. Use your common scents
Make a cup of tea and give yourself some verbal praise. Your place is now a soothing blank canvas on which you can project all sorts of fresh smells, new artwork or interior updates. Before you get tired and nap, consider completing this final step and grab some candles, scented reeds or mix a few choice drops of your favourite essential oils into a diffuser and scent the place out.
Lastly, invite in some green in the form of friendly, low-maintenance house plants that help to re-oxygenate air and bring the outside in.
Welcome to spring heaven – courtesy of you.