There is nothing more troublesome than having a potentially stunning home that is an absolute mess, and the summer is just around the corner. Your home should be the thing that looks open and welcoming as the sun shines through the windows – not a messy one. It’s understandable in the winter time because we put up decorations and we fill the home because it’s cold so the cosier the better, but that time has passed and the sun is just starting to make an appearance.
Let’s face it, no one likes the idea of cleaning – it’s a bore, going around doing all the chores on the list. But it’s necessary if you want a nice area to reside in. The sooner you get it done, the sooner you can stop worrying about it. Plus, having a deep clean will mean that as long as you regularly maintain it, there is no reason to do one like it again – you’ll only be required to do little touch ups here and there.
Another important reason you should want to keep your home clean, other than the fact that it’s nearly summer, is because it will greatly improve your mental health. You may be feeling stressed or a little down, but not sure why. One thing for sure is that a messy home creates a messy mind. You wouldn’t believe the impact your environment has on your mentality, it can really drag you down because essentially you’re not able to escape it. So bear this in mind when you’re trying to find excuses as to why you can’t clean today.
It doesn’t need to feel like an overwhelming task, you can make it fun. Invite some willing friends and family over, turn up the radio, tie your hair back, pop a bottle, and get to work.
Here’s what you need to do.
How To Get Your Home Spick and Span For The Summer
Remove the clutter
Clutter is something that tends to be inevitable within a home. You leave something out on the table one day, and every time you walk past it you’ll say to yourself you’ll move it later, and then days go by and you end up with a table full of items that don’t belong there. Us humans are also prone to keeping unnecessary things in storage because we don’t allow ourselves to get rid of junk, leaving us with a room full of boxes with things we never use. It’s time to sort it out. If you can’t find a home for items to go, ask yourself whether you actually need them. Sort through all of your boxes and decide on whether you’re keeping them, throwing them in the trash, or donating or selling them.
Clean the windows
Windows are so overlooked, and yet once that sun starts to shine, you can see all the awful stains, dirt, dust, and fingerprints all over the glass – it can be rather shocking. So you want to make sure you give them a good scrub to remove any built-up dirt and grease. There is actually a technique to doing this to ensure you don’t just end up spreading the mess back and forth. You should use circular motions, and never cotton cloths and these will just leave bits of fluff stuck everywhere. Newspaper is a very good tool to use when wiping. There are also companies like LaborPanes that specialise in this department, so if you know you have a lot of windows to tackle, bring in the help of the professionals to make the process easier.
Varnish the wood
If you have a lot of wood in your home, be it the floor, the furniture, and the rails, consider revarnishing everything. Over time, the look of wood starts to age and it can change the overall look of your home, making it seem like one that is uncared for. As the light is starting to get brighter now, you want your wood to appear fresh and healthy, not scratched and dated, and the way to achieve this is with varnish. You may need to sand down the wood lightly first to make sure it is all smooth and soft, then just apply a lick of varnish over the whole piece and voila. You can get your hands on many different tones too, so if you’re ready for a slight change, you can just sand a little more than you normally would, and then apply your new shade.
Move things around
While you’re sorting your home out, why not consider moving some things around while you’re at it? It’s very easy to get bored of an environment and end up settling because you don’t know what else to do, but you have so many choices and it doesn’t have to be difficult. It can be as simple as swapping the sofa round with your tv. Getting a new dining table and chairs. Or a brand new bed for your room. This will create the sense of a new place and allows you to redecorate to your new found style, as well as your personality. Even changing the colours of your walls will spark a new flame.
Love thy garden
A garden is an essential feature to your home now that the summer is just around the corner. It’s what will be used to throw parties and barbecues and any other excuse for a social gathering, so you need to make sure that it looks its best. Cut the grass, trim the hedges, and add some more colour into the mix. Flowers are not only visually appealing, but they smell wonderful and even welcome in more wildlife. Don’t forget to remove any weeds that are growing too as these will have a negative impact on the overall look. There are plenty of products out there that kill these, but these can damage your surroundings so your best bet is to remove them by hand. Do this regularly to slow down the growing process.