Let me start by telling you that I’m a bit of a neat freak. I love a tidy, organised house and often hover over my kids when they’re eating a crumbly biscuit or shove their toys back in the box the moment they’ve finished playing. Actually, that looks really bad written down, but I can’t help it. It’s like an involuntary twitch triggered by the sight of mess. That said though, I’m not so bothered by a bit of dirt or dust, particularly if it’s hidden under something or at the back of somewhere. Strange or what?
Anyhoo, lately I’ve become aware that there are a few cleaning jobs which really need dealing with (we have the filthiest oven you can imagine and it’s not even two years old) and I thought whilst I’m at it, I might as well go the whole hog and do a proper spring clean. So, here are my top tips for getting the job done.
First off, you probably need to set aside a whole day or maybe even two, depending on your house. Ideally you should also aim for a time when nobody’s home as there’s nothing worse than la famille walking in and instantly wrecking the joint. Makes me want to shout when they do that.
That sorted, you’re free to crack on. For me, a spring clean is about tackling the otherwise neglected tasks, rather than a more elaborate version of your weekly housework. It’d be an idea to make a list of what needs doing. Mine looks like this:
*Clean oven (Lord knows what I’m going to use to do this – suspect it will need hardcore chemicals sadly)
*Empty kitchen cupboards, chuck away out-of-date food (usually something random like dessicated coconut or suet), then clean and air inside before refilling
*Defrost and clean fridge/freezer (such a boring job, but the whole thing works so much better when it’s done, right?)
*Vacuum under sofa and beds (this means shifting heavy furniture, so you may need a hand)
*Wash cushion covers on sofa (I mean scatter cushions, not the main ones you sit on – our sofa has in fact only been properly cleaned once in six years and I can hardly remember what the actual shade of it is)
*Wipe paintwork and be free of those mucky fingerprints
*Clean windows (the window cleaner does outside, but when that’s done it just shows up how grubby they are inside)
*Wash/dry clean curtains (to be fair, this is unlikely to get done, just too much hassle)
Now, no-one said that this was going to be fun, but imagine how nice it’ll feel when it’s finished and you can forget about it for another year. Heck, looking at that list makes me realise just how much of a slattern I really am <blushes>.