Most of us just avoid deep-cleaning the house because the task seems too daunting to even begin. But if you know about all the benefits of having a clean house, you might feel a bit differently. Here are a few reasons why spring cleaning should be at the top of your to-do list:
Lowered stress and fatigue
When your house is messy, you are constantly reminded of work that needs to be done and your eyes have no place to rest visually. Clutter causes unnecessary stress; when you can't find something, stress levels rise, and so does your risk for illness.
Decreased risk for allergic reactions
Most people know that you can be allergic to dust (or dust mites) and animal dander, but many don't realise that you can be allergic to mould as well. If you experience respiratory symptoms like eye, nose, and throat irritation, it might be time to deep-clean your living areas.
Keeping pests away
Messy homes attract pests like rodents, cockroaches, and ants. They are attracted to liquid spills, food debris, and dirty pet bowls, and they can spread germs and diseases. Keep your home free of pests by keeping it clean and tidy.
Consider using a professional
If you want your spring cleaning done right and avoid as much damage as possible, consider hiring professional cleaners for your home or office. They are equipped with all the right tools and cleaning aids.
DIY Spring cleaning
If you're the DIY type, or you just want to save some money, you can always tackle your spring cleaning yourself. Before you start, make sure you gather the following cleaning aids to avoid running into complications and risk giving up:
- Old clothes to wear
- A clean soft-bristle broom
- A bucket
- Old newspaper
- White cleaning cloths
- Detergents - all-purpose, dishwashing liquid, carpet powder, clothes detergent
- Garden hose
- Rubber gloves
- Baking soda
- Fabric softener
- Empty boxes
Decide on a day and tell everyone you're unavailable. Plan your meals so you won't have to leave the house in your dirty clothes - frozen food you can microwave is the easiest option. Lastly, get some upbeat music to keep your spirits high while you tackle this daunting task.
Extra tip: Check which lightbulbs need replacing and what type of fixtures they're in and buy some on your next shopping trip.
Unless you absolutely have to, don't tackle your spring cleaning alone. Involve your partner, kids, parents, friends, family, or anyone you have some sort of close relationship with. Spring cleaning can be very exhausting physically and emotionally, so it would be best if you had some company.
Always follow the instructions on any tags, and test cleaning products on inconspicuous areas before using them, especially on your furniture.
Here are the 10 things you can get away with cleaning once a year:
- Curtains, blinds, and drapes
- Couches and sofas
- Under appliances and furniture
- Deep clean carpets
- Light fixtures
- Inside closets and cabinets
- Outdoor furniture