Nina’s top 10 spring cleaning tips

November 7, 2019

Sponsored by Bosisto’s

 

Spring Cleaning is necessary for everyone, especially those with weakened immune systems or who suffer an allergy. I am allergic to dust mites, so I find spring cleaning the perfect opportunity to do a big declutter, do a deep clean, and get the house entertainment ready for summer festivities.

 

If you haven’t already started, it's not too late. In fact, November is the perfect time to get sorted before the Christmas chaos comes around.

 

Here are my top 10 tips to get ready for summer:

 

1. Make a schedule

 

Writing out a schedule is super important so you can break things out into smaller tasks. It also allows you to give yourself a realistic timeframe so you don’t get overwhelmed. Walk around your home, and see what areas need attention or often get overlooked in your routine clean. You’re welcome to refer to my weekly Spring Cleaning Checklists to get started.

 

2. Outsource or enlist the help of family or a friend

 

If our schedule seems unrealistic for you to achieve on your own, see what tasks you can outsource. Depending on your budget, you may like to hire a professional. Some tasks are better outsourced, particularly if you are limited in your ability. You may not be comfortable doing certain tasks and that’s ok. For example, if you have carpet you may want to get it professionally cleaned for a better result.

 

There are also lots of websites available these days that can connect you to a person who would be more than happy to complete the job for a small fee.  You may also like to ask a family member or a friend to help you with your tasks.

 

3. Declutter

 

I can’t stress how important it is to declutter the area first. Sell, throw, donate or give away anything that is broken, doesn’t get used, or no longer resonates with you. Living more minimally will improve your mindset, as we all know that a cluttered environment means a cluttered mind. Our surroundings completely affects not only our physical health, but it causes physiological stress. So ensuring we have a clean and organised home will ensure we can concentrate on the important areas of our lives.

 

4. Get your eco friendly Bosisto’s products ready

 

Ensure you have everything you need to get cleaning. I recommend Bosisto’s products for cleaning as they help kill germs naturally without harsh chemicals. The multipurpose spray is super handy as it can be used on most surfaces such as: acrylic, vinyl, bench tops, basins, walls, bins, ceramics, cooktops, stainless steel, ovens, white goods, floors and even glass!

 

Best of all, all Bosisto’s products are easily accessible, and can be found at both Coles and Woolworths supermarkets.

 

I also recommend you grab some vinegar and bicarbonate of soda from the supermarket as this also comes in handy for cleaning a vast majority of things around the home, and I particularly love this combination for cleaning drains.

 

 

5. Round up anything else you may need

 

I recommend you have a good vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter on hand especially if you suffer from allergies, and a steam cleaner is also handy but not necessary. I also recommend some microfibre cloths, glass cleaning cloths, scrubbing brushes (like a grout brush), paper towels, rubber gloves, masks, scarves and even hairnets. Protective clothing will help guard against skin irritations, particularly if you suffer from allergies.

 

6. Think about air quality

 

When you’re cleaning you want to keep all the windows open for good ventilation. This drastically improves the air quality, especially if you’re using cleaning products. To further improve the air quality ensure you regularly clean your air vents and grills, and air conditioner vents too.

 

7. Work from top to bottom

 

When cleaning a room, you want to ensure you start from the top and work towards the bottom. This is to ensure that newly cleaned surfaces do not get dirty, saving you time and effort. I always start with the lights and/or fans, then I do the walls, windows, and then move onto cabinets, cupboards, and I finish with the floor. I always vacuum and steam clean the floor last.

 

8. Start inside, and then finish with the outside

 

You want to clean the inside of the house first, get through all the rooms, and then make your way outside. It is super important to keep around the outside of the house super clean. Ensure roofs and gutters are free from leaves and branches, especially in the lead up to summer when bush fires can be a concern in Australia. It is also important to make sure there is no clutter around the outside of the house, and the pavements are free of branches, leaves and debris. This will help reduce the risk of spiders breeding around your home.

 

9. Pretend you’re a visitor

 

Often, we oversee the areas we don’t access often, like the entrance. Pretend you’re a visitor, and walk towards your front door and entrance. See what areas you have missed or need some extra love or attention. You might just need to refresh the space by replacing the door mat. Or possibly the lighting at the front of the home might need some light bulbs replaced. The discount store can often have some inexpensive items you can purchase to revamp some spaces in your home.

 

10. Put your feet up and celebrate

 

Congratulations! Once you’re finished cleaning your home, you deserve a moment to sit back and enjoy your efforts. Light a candle or put your diffuser on, play some relaxing music, and set the tone for the next chapter in your life. After all a calm home means a calm mind.

 

 

 

Please note this post was sponsored by Bosisto’s.

 

Australian company Bosisto’s takes essential oils into the 21st century with a wide range of products to suit every health and household need. From 100% pure pharmaceutical grade oils, water soluble solutions and handy aerosol sprays, as well as a wide range of household, cough and cold and therapeutic products, there’s something to suit everyone. Head to their website for more information.

 

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