With the warmer weather on its way, it is the perfect time to ditch those winter woollies and kick off the new season with a fresh start. Dust off those rubber gloves and gather your best cleaning supplies, it’s time to get in and do those jobs you’ve been dreading all year. Property Manager, Jenni Steffen has compiled a list of 7 things you can do to ensure both your home and your mind is clear and ready to tackle these warmer months.
MAKE A LIST
An excellent way to approach the big clean is to start by making a list of all the things you want to get done. Try and prioritise by putting the most important tasks first, and then making your way down the list. It might also help to set yourself a rough timeline, that way you can allocate tasks for specific days and times, to fit into your schedule.
DON’T FORGET THE SMALL STUFF
It is easy to get caught up when spring cleaning and with seemingly small tasks starting to becoming bigger and bigger. But when mapping out your big clean, it is important not to forget the little jobs you may have been putting off since the start of the year. These may include:
- Cleaning light fittings
- Unclogging your drains
- Dusting window sills and tracks
- Washing your windows
- Cleaning out the pantry, fridge and wardrobe
- Washing your stainless steel (e.g. fridges, microwaves, ovens)
- Scrub the grouting
BREAK IT DOWN
If you are starting to think your list is becoming overwhelming, try tackling the task room by room. This will make it seem more manageable and will make it easier to delegate to different family members.
GIVE THE WASHING MACHINE A GOOD RUN FOR IT’S MONEY
To have everything clean and fresh, it is a good idea to strip all the sheets, grab all the bath towels and gather any other frequently used fabrics and linens and give them a good wash. A clean room with fresh sheets makes all the difference. While you are at it, it might also be a good idea to vacuum any rugs and mattresses, and maybe even shampoo the carpets. A clean room means a clean mind.
When it comes to tackling the wardrobe or linen cupboard, it is important to show no remorse. If you have had something sitting in your closet for 12 months without being used, toss it, or even better donate it! Try and get into the habit of throwing or donating things as you go, that way it won’t seem like a major job when you do come around to it. It is important to be brutal during this process, you want to start spring afresh, not still holding onto those clothes that have been out of style for years.
One easy way to make a space seem cleaner is to eliminate any unnecessary items that take up space. Make sure benches, storage units and cabinets only have minimal and necessary items on display. It will make the area seem more open and fresh. This will also make your space look larger.
DON’T STOP THERE
While you are at it, why don’t you try and mix things up with some new spring décor? Small changes such as new cushions, updated artwork and even a new coffee table book can transform the space and have your home spring ready! Plenty of homewares stores are showcasing spring collections, think pastels and tropical accents to get you started.
PROPERTY MANAGER – JENNI STEFFEN
07 3202 3040
A bit of a jack of all trades, Jenni has tried out various roles in real estate but has found her feet in property management. She loves to be kept on her toes and loves how there is never a dull moment in property management.