Spring cleaning is a tradition that can be traced back to cultures through the centuries. For modern-day Aussies, it’s a chance to declutter and make the home a lot more welcoming, ahead of the summery season.
In this blog, we take a look at getting the right tools for your spring clean, as well as a handful of often-forgotten cleaning tasks in the home that are easily done.
The Right Tools
A great vacuum is absolutely essential for spring cleaning, and for keeping the home clean year-round, but the model you choose can make a big difference in your approach. A barrel vacuum, for example offers terrific suction and mobility for floor cleaning, but isn’t quite as flexible when it comes to cleaning other areas of the house.
A hand held or stick vacuum, on the other hand, is designed to be light and manoeuvrable, which makes it easy to clean curtains, remove dust from mattresses and cushions and remove cobwebs from corners of the ceiling.
If your current vacuum is hard to move around, or simply lacks the proper suction, you’re only going to be working against yourself.
Four Easily Forgotten Tasks
Test the Smoke Detectors
Time commitment: 10 minutes
If you can’t remember the last time you tested or changed the batteries on your smoke detector, your spring cleaning session is a good time to remedy this. Grab the step ladder, check it for dust, change the batteries and do a quick test.
Most fire services recommend testing the alarms monthly, and changing the batteries annually. It’s an easy task, but it’s even easier to forget, so do yourself a favour and place an annual reminder in your phone. It takes about ten seconds to do!
Declutter the Home Office
Time commitment: 2-6 hours
In a digital age, home desktop computers in many homes are surrounded by stacks and bundles of paperwork, sometimes stretching back decades. But here’s the thing – lots of these records are unnecessary clutter. Many records, like bank statements have been digitised and are available online. Others, like that phone bill from 2003, are simply of little use.
Depending on the state of your home office, this may be a big job, but it’s worth it to reclaim the space. And don’t forget to recycle!
Dust behind the fridge
Time commitment: 20 minutes
The coils behind your fridge can get awfully dusty – especially if you haven’t looked behind there in a while! Take the time to unplug the fridge for a few minutes and move it forward enough to get in for a quick clean. Using a brush, or the brush tool of a handheld vacuum makes it easy to clear dust away.
Time commitment: 10 minutes
Every home has a drawer or cabinet filled with medicine – one that’s progressively added to after every bout of the flu or spell of back pain. To keep the family safe, take a few minutes to sort through it all annually, removing anything expired, or unknown.