Even the phrase ‘Spring cleaning’ is enough to strike fear into the heart of most homeowners. That said, giving your home a makeover will declutter the place, helping you to relax and making it easier to keep it tidier in future.
Furthermore, as with everything else, the thought of the task ahead is far worse than the process itself.
Follow this simple five-point action plan to reclaim your home, without breaking the bank:
First and foremost, it’s time to get on the rubber gloves and give the whole house a quick once-over (yes, that includes the bathroom). Use a methodical, top-down approach. Dust before hoovering all carpets to make sure you’re eliminating dirt rather than simply moving it around.
Use environmentally-safe products wherever possible. Look for those which are free of petrochemicals. Alternatively, use homemade solutions such as diluted bicarbonate of soda and vinegar mixed to clean the oven and polish surfaces. Add some fresh lemon to add a pleasant natural fragrance.
While cleaning, consider how you could optimise your home to make it easier to maintain. For example, glass shower enclosures are far easier to keep clean than their plastic counterparts, as well as lending bathrooms a contemporary edge.
Storage is as much about being crafty with the space you have as it is about buying new units. Make sure that you are maximising all of your existing storage space. If you have divan beds, are the drawers underneath being used to full effect? Are you making full use of your attic?
Sort your clothes into three piles: keep, unsure and charity shop. After you’ve been through them once, repeat the process (and ask other members of the house to do the same) with just the unsure pile. Instead of throwing them out, take them to a local charity collection. If you don’t wear them, somebody else will!
#3 DIY quick-fixes
As silly as it may sound, putting up shelves is one of the most neglected DIY jobs around the home. It can improve the aesthetics of a room, as well as giving you extra storage
- Paint a room
Giving a room a fresh lick of paint can breathe new life into your home. If you’re not a natural with a brush, there are plenty of online tips to help you out.
Installing more mirrors is a great trick for giving the impression of more space within the home and can transform a room.
#4 Finishing touches
There are some fantastic low-cost ways to make your home instantly more appealing. Try these quick-tips out for size:
- Buy some inexpensive indoor plants to give the place a natural feel
- Make collages of family photos to give bare walls some colour
- Rearrange your furniture to use space more effectively. This will make your home feel ‘new’, without resorting to expensive redecoration
#5 Ongoing maintenance
It’s vital to put a plan in place to make sure that all your hard work isn’t undone in the coming weeks. You guessd it: rota time! It won’t be popular with the kids, but a well-designed rota is surprisingly easy to implement.
First off, make sure to assign activities to people when they’re likely to be in the house, so they can’t use having a piano lesson as an excuse. Secondly, divide jobs according to people’s preferences to minimise complaints. Unfortunately, there will always be some jobs that everybody dislikes, so check that these are distributed fairly.
So, what are you waiting for? Have fun giving your home a makeover and enjoy the results!