Spring is here and almost gone, yet it’s still the best time to declutter your digs – especially if you and your flatmates have been hanging around indoors for the past 6 months of lockdown. Even if you try to keep things tidy, there’s nothing like a really deep clean to get rid of all the clutter, dust and dirt that builds up over time.
Overwhelmed by clutter? Our step-by-step spring cleaning guide can help!
We understand just how hard it can be to find the motivation to spring clean your digs. But when you break it up into easy steps, it’s actually not so bad!
1. Do one room at a time
It’s much easier to spring clean if you focus on just one room at a time. You’ll see results more quickly, which will then motivate you to tackle another room.
2. Start with shared spaces
You and your digs mates all need to work together to spring clean your digs. Starting with shared spaces like the lounge, kitchen and patio ensures that everyone pitches in. Sharing the work also makes spring cleaning faster and easier. Once shared spaces are clean and tidy, you can move on to individual rooms – and of course, it’s up to each digs mate to sort out their own space.
3. Throw away anything that’s not useful
If it’s old and broken, cannot be repaired, you have no use for it, and – like Marie Kondo says – doesn’t bring you joy… then toss it! It’s helpful when spring cleaning to have 2 bags or boxes handy. Throw away anything that is beyond ever being useful again into one box. Put items that are still in good condition and could be used by someone else into the other – you can always see or donate these.
4. Organise shelves and cupboards
Once you’ve got rid of any useless items in your digs, you’ll find that you have loads of space! Spring cleaning is a great opportunity to reorganise shelves and cupboards. Think of how you work in the kitchen and organise the cupboards and drawers so that the things you use most are easily accessible. In your wardrobe, move your winter clothes to a top shelf and keep your summer clothes on lower shelves where you can find them easily.
5. Wash EVERYthing!
You’d be shocked at how much dirt your lounge cushions or throw can accumulate. An important part of spring cleaning is washing all of your soft furnishings – scatter cushions, blankets, rugs etc. If you’re feeling up to it, it’s a good idea to wash the curtains too! While you’re at it, wipe all surfaces (including high up shelves, the top of the fridge, and light fittings) with a damp cloth. There is SO much dust up there, and even if you can’t see it, it does affect the air quality inside your house.
6. Clean your appliances
When’s the last time you cleaned out the freezer? Yup, your fridge, freezer, oven and microwave don’t clean themselves and dirty appliances are unhygienic!Cleaning appliances is a bit of a mission and you may need to get some specialised products (like oven cleaner) but it must be done. If you are fortunate enough to have a dishwasher and you use the tablets for your washes, try dampening the tablet and using it to clean the dirt off your oven. Simply rub the tablet gently over the dirty area and then wipe away.
Spring cleaning your space doesn’t have to be a huge, insurmountable task. If you and your flatmates work together, spring cleaning can get done and dusted in a day. You’ll feel great – and then you can get back to doing the things that are important to you… like studying, or inviting people over for a socially-distanced gathering at your clean and fresh digs!