Spring is in the air and it’s time for that annual ritual – giving rooms a good clean and polish.
If the prospect fills you with gloom and you’re tempted to ignore this chore, be aware that welcome sunshine pouring through the windows can shine a harsh light on pockets of dust, dingy paintwork and grubby surfaces.
Luckily, modern cleaning products and tools can make light, speedy work of the process, compared to the weeks our grandmothers used to take beating rugs, scrubbing and scouring and rehanging drapes.
“A top-to-bottom, thorough clean won’t just make a home look more appealing, it can also boost your spirits and make you feel more energised, as rooms will feel more airy and spacious,” says Simon Glanville,of specialist storage company, STORE.
“Use the opportunity to take a good look at spaces and, if need be, de-clutter, which isn’t about throwing everything away.
“Rather, it’s about losing what’s useless and ugly in order to have space for things that are useful and beautiful.”
Before you begin your super spring sort-out, check these expert tips on making it easy, and kit that will make even the most reluctant yearn to blitz away the winter blues.
“To get over that mental block that prevents you actually starting, break the task into bite-sized pieces.
“Allocate 20 minutes each day to tackling just one area,” suggests Glanville.
“Always start with the bedrooms and work your way down, and never tackle more than one room at a time, otherwise you’ll get overwhelmed.”
Turn on the music, get a timer and get each member of the family to fill one bag full of unwanted items, then recycle or sell them.
Make sure you have all the kit to hand as you move around your home.
Reward yourself for your efforts with fun and useful items.
Animal String and Scissor Holders, featuring a badger, owl, Westie dog or fox design, £25 each, Graham & Green.
Dust mites love to lurk in duvets and carpets, and these can cause problems for those with allergies, says David Begley, cleanologist at Johnson Cleaners.
“Often, duvets are overlooked but they should really be cleaned twice a year,” he advises.
You can Make a kitchen zing with colour with bright yellow Kenwood appliances. A Kmix Kitchen Machine, reduced to £279, and Hand Mixer, £64, Isme.
Pretty up a utility area with Dunelm’s pink cleaning utensils range, which includes a Raspberry Spectrum Collection Dustpan and Brush, £2.09, and a pink Slim 3 Tier Indoor Airer, £9.99.
Get a retro touch echoing yesteryear cleaning with a Linea Vintage Laundry Advert Cushion, £20, House of Fraser.
Finally, a good first impression in a hall will make the whole house seem very organised.
Sebastian Conran’s glossy white Universal Expert Hallway Organiser, £54, West Elm, incorporating a message board, clock and shelf.