With the new year fully underway, and the festive period nothing but a distant memory, now is the time to start thinking about giving your home a bit of TLC for the months ahead. Let’s face it, not many of us like to clean or tidy, but it has to be done. If you’re someone who shivers at the thought of a house clean, where do you start if you’re in a bit of a rut and can’t find the motivation to dig out the duster? Well, luckily for you, we’ve put together some top tips when it comes to new year cleaning to help you get you motivated.
Sanitise your sink – surprisingly, a dirty kitchen sink can harvest more bacteria than your toilet bowl – gross! So start off by giving your kitchen sink a good deep clean. You can buy cleaning products to tackle your sink, or you can make your own. We recommend using vinegar and baking soda to get it sparkling!
Care for your oven – with most of your meals being cooked in the oven, it can become grimy and dirty. Keep on top of it by giving it a deep clean once a week. Don’t be afraid to get right in there and give it some elbow grease!
Conduct a full wipe-down – make your kitchen sparkle and shine and clean all worktops, tables and floors. The better the job, the easier it’ll be to keep on top of.
Show your shower some love – if you have a curtain to cover your shower and it’s beginning to gather mould and mildew, it may be time to invest in a new one. Otherwise, if you have glass doors, rub a teaspoon size of lemon oil on the doors which will cause any water to simply bead up and roll off!
Keep on top of the toilet – it’s no one’s favourite job (surely?) but cleaning the toilet has to be done. Again, if you want to use non-abrasive products, make up your own toilet scrub from baking soda and vinegar. This cleaning solution can also be used on your bathroom sink.
The Rest of the Home
Begin with your bed – if you’re trying to tackle your bedroom, but have too much clutter and clothes, start with your bed. Making your bed can create the illusion of a tidy room by making it look neat. From there, start at each side of your bed, cleaning up as you go.
Clean under furniture – it’s a thankless job, but cleaning and vacuuming underneath your household furniture will prevent the buildup of dust and debris and will also provide you with a healthier home environment to live in.
Conduct a clear out – do you have heaps of clothes that you’ve been hanging on to, waiting until they come back into style? If so, the new year is the perfect time to clear them out. You don’t even need to throw them out; you can donate them to a local charity where someone else will be able to enjoy those items you just don’t use anymore.