During this interruption to our normal lives, we’re going to have plenty of time on our hands (particularly if we can’t work from home) to do the things we might otherwise find a good excuse not to, such as spring cleaning.
Back in the 1940s, housewives lived by regular cleaning schedules, dedicating specific days to different chores e.g. Monday might by clothes washing, with Tuesday as a baking day and Wednesday for ironing. Fast forward to the 21st century and our busy lifestyles (and reliance on household appliances) means we now only devote one day a week, or an hour each day, to carry out general cleaning tasks.
With hygiene on everybody’s mind, along with this unprecedented luxury of time and the arrival of warmer weather, it’s the perfect time to open our windows and doors and let the spring winds flow through, ridding our homes of winter’s accumulated dirt and dust (and pet hair). We can finally get round to those jobs we don’t have time for during the winter months – such as carpet and upholstery cleaning. Because fabrics and curtains act like a filter, trapping dirt, dust and grime within the fibres, cleaning these items will be of particular benefit to anyone in your household suffering from allergies.
Now, more than ever, you’ll be paying particular attention to those ‘high traffic’ hand contact areas (work surfaces, sinks, taps, door handles, switches, toilet flusher), which will also help to prevent dirt and bacteria spreading onto foods but during a spring clean you should also check for dust (and fur, if you have pets) under and behind big items (sofa, fridge), the highest ledges, the tops of your kitchen cupboards and other areas that are not within your immediate eye line or that you usually ignore such as light fixtures and the stove hood.
There’s no reason to strain yourself and rush into finishing the entire house at once. You can use an entire week (or month), working from room to room, appliance by appliance, allowing you to clean more thoroughly. And don’t forget to enlist the help of your spouse and children. After all, you’re not the only one that made the mess.
Top Tip: Start from the ceiling and work your way down. If you have a vacuum with an extension hose, use it to get cobwebs and dust from your ceilings first. Then dust your furniture and other items before vacuuming all the dust and debris off your floors.
If you have any of your own spring cleaning tips, please feel free to share them. If there are enough, I’ll gather them all together in one post, so that everyone can benefit from them.