Spring Cleaning Week has been and gone, but that doesn’t mean you’ve missed the opportunity to spring clean your home!
That’s where we come in. At Smart Storage, we believe that, with a tidy space comes a tidy mind, meaning that a beautiful and clean home can make you happy, while improving your mental health. We want to help you create a clean space that can boost your mind, so here are our tips for a great, in-depth spring cleaning.
Benefits of a Tidy Home
Cleaning your home will help you to feel more positive. Clutter and mess tend to have a direct impact on your mood and affect your well-being, so tidying will take away that stress. In addition, when you spring clean your house, you are then free to concentrate on the more important things happening in your life.
Becoming more productive is another positive side effect of having a clean and organised home, since you’re not focusing on distractions – like clutter. A decluttered home will also lead to increased levels of creativity; by freeing your mind and the physical space around you, you’ll be better able to visualise a new décor.
For people suffering from depression, having a change of scenery that allows them to refresh their mindset will have a positive impact on their mental health; making the effort to tidy the house can help by disrupting negative behaviour patterns.
A thorough spring cleaning can help your self-esteem by allowing you to be proud of your home and self-satisfied at your efforts. After all, seeing your house in its best condition can be the motivation you need to keep it organised and clean at all times.
How to Start Your Spring Cleaning?
If you look around you, see everything that needs to be done but decide to ignore the hassle, you’re not alone. Spring cleaning can be incredibly cathartic, and the results are certainly worth it, but not everyone enjoys the process or even knows how to kickstart it.
However, revitalising your home and, in turn, your well-being, is easier than you think.
You can start by decluttering each room and space; if you haven’t used something in the past few months, consider getting rid of it (of course, this doesn’t apply to seasonal items, such as clothing). Sort everything by ‘keep’, ‘donate’ or ‘throw away’ to make it easier for you.
Just by doing this, you’ll discover how many items you really have around the house that you don’t use on a regular basis – and how much space you can free up once you remove them. Anything you want to keep but can’t seem to fit into your newly-organised home can be stored.
This is an important first step, because you can’t clean and organise your home with extra stuff in the way. It’s also easier to clean your house when you’re not tripping over piles of clothes, toys or books.
Once you’ve decluttered your home, it’s time for a deep cleanse. All that space you just cleared up and organised needs to be dusted and scrubbed, from drawers and tables to carpets and windows. Clean up any water and mould stains, as well. You’ll also want to clean your domestic appliances, including the microwave, oven and fridge, since they’re usually not cleaned in-depth as you go about your daily life.
Don’t forget to clean typically neglected areas either; these include drawers and little nooks and crannies you don’t often make the time for. Everyone has that drawer filled with little things they shove in there every day, so make sure you set some time aside to sort it. Most people tend to skip the under-the-stairs area, since it’s typically out of sight and out of mind, but it deserves a good spring cleaning, as well.
Top Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Home
Over the years, we have picked up many cleaning tips and tricks that we want to share with you now. They may be simple, but they’re also highly effective and are invaluable for your spring-cleaning process:
- Remove pet hairs with rubber gloves – If you have cats or dogs, you know they shed everywhere; use a pair of rubber gloves to remove them instead of vacuuming. After all, rubber creates friction and hair will stick to the material, whether you’re cleaning your sofa or bedding. If you don’t have rubber gloves, break out the lint rollers.
- Use bicarbonate of soda – Water and bicarbonate of soda make for a great cleaning solution for difficult-to-clean stains and build-ups. Be it your oven or microwave, spray the mixture inside, leave it overnight and then wipe it away the next day.
- Quickly clean your microwave – No one wants to scrub away at their microwave for what feels like hours on end. Instead, fill a bowl with water and vinegar and place it in the microwave for three minutes on full power. This will soften any accumulated food leftovers, making it easier to clean the appliance. You’ll also have a nice-smelling microwave free of bacteria, since vinegar has antibacterial properties.
- Leave lemon in the fridge – Who doesn’t love the clean smell of lemons? After cleaning your fridge normally, cut a lemon in two and place each half in different shelves. Not only will your fridge smell deliciously fresh, but the fruit will also absorb odours, ensuring a nice scent every time you open the door.
Don’t Know What to Do With All of Your Stuff?
Once you’ve decluttered your home, then what? We recommend you go through your belongings and keep only what you need, be it for useful or sentimental reasons. You don’t want that stuff cluttering up your home again, so why not place it all in storage? With our self-storage services, you don’t have to throw away anything you don’t want to; just keep them for a later date in a safe and secure unit.
We have several stores in the northwest so, whether you’re looking for storage in Liverpool, storage in Preston, storage in The Wirral, storage in Warrington, storage in Widnes and storage in Altrincham – we can provide all the room you need to keep your belongings safe and sound.