Spring Cleaning Tips To Freshen Up Your Home

Where to start when cleaning a room

Sometimes knowing where to start when cleaning a room can feel overwhelming. Remember that one of the most efficient ways to get it done is to work from the top to the bottom, always keeping in mind that dust falls.

Starting at the top is a favourite with professional cleaners, who choose to work this way so that they never have to clean anything twice. When you clean a room in this manner, you are working with gravity rather than against it. Look around your room, scan the tallest areas and start there. Allow the dust and dirt you’ve brought down to fall to the floor. Never clean the floors until you have finished tackling everything in the room, or you’ll be making more work for yourself.

Spring Cleaning Tips To Freshen Up Your Home

Follow this simple step-by-step process:

Step 1: Dusting: Start with the tallest areas in your room. Grab your long-handled duster and reach up high to tackle any cobwebs that could be around your light fittings and on your ceilings. This may require a stepstool or ladder, if you have one, or else a sturdy chair.

Then move on to the tallest surfaces such as wardrobes, bookcases and other tall units. I find that flat-headed dusters are ideal for these areas.

Continue this, moving lower and lower until you have done all of your surfaces.

Step 2: Time to clean: Now that the dust is out of the way, it is time to actually wipe or disinfect the surfaces. Grab a damp duster and your favourite all-purpose cleaning product, again working from top to bottom.

Step 3: Floor time: Now that you’ve completed the rest of the cleaning, you are free to clean the floors, using your vacuum to suck up the fallen dust and dirt.

Step 4: Stand back: Just like that, you are done. Stand back and feel proud of your tidy, clean room.

Spring Cleaning Tips To Freshen Up Your Home

Try the follow-the-wall cleaning technique

The follow-the-wall cleaning technique is exactly what it sounds like – it’s all about following the wall a bit like you do a road map. You start in one corner of the room and work your way around by following the wall, helping to ensure that you don’t miss anything that needs your attention. Eventually, you complete a full circuit of your home, including those often-overlooked spots that you tend to put off for as long as possible (for example, that dead space behind your sofa, which serves as a great hiding space for items with no real home). This technique sees to it that every part of your room is looked at in a streamlined and systematic way.

Spring Cleaning Tips To Freshen Up Your Home

Three reasons why you should try the follow-the-wall technique:

1) You will feel more motivated: A great benefit of this strategy is that it produces more obvious results. This addresses one of the major drawbacks of cleaning by task (instead of by area), which is that it can leave you feeling as though you have little to show for your efforts. But when you clean by following the wall, each area will look pristine when you’re finished. When you’re able to clearly see the results of your efforts, you’ll feel more motivated to keep going. Keep your cleaning caddy with you as you follow the wall, stocked with every product you’re going to need in that room.

2) Do it your way: You can adapt the follow-the-wall technique to fit into any cleaning schedule. Following the walls in your home will give you a clear beginning and end point to work from.

3) You will be much more thorough: When you follow the wall, it makes it harder to skip past or forget certain tasks. Those easy-to-forget areas tend to be under the bed, in the hallway cupboard and behind your sofa. This way, if you’re working on a section of wall with a window, it’ll be much easier to remember to dust the blinds before you move on!

The 15-Minute Clean: the Quickest Way to a Sparkling Home by Lynsey Crombie is published by Welbeck (£14.99, hardback). To order a copy visit www.amazon.co.uk