Refresh, declutter, and organise your house for a clear, fresh space.
Spring is here, and we can already feel the days getting longer, the skies getting lighter, and smell the blossoms blooming. The spring season begins a feeling of newness and freshness that we want to emanate into our own homes. Start your spring clean with these 6 tips to help you eliminate the clutter, clear the air, and start afresh with a clean space at home.
1. Home made fabric spray and air freshener
Air fresheners are a great way to freshen up your home, but shop-bought air fresheners can have harsh chemicals that can be bad for your health. Homemade air freshener is so easy to make, without the risk of you and your family breathing in harsh chemicals.
All you need is:
- 5 cups water
- 1/2 cup vodka
- 10 drops essential oils (tea tree, lavender oil)
- Spray bottle
Mix all the ingredients in the spray bottle and shake to combine. Spray on your fabrics, curtains and air to leave your home smelling fresh and clean with a natural scent.
2. Use toothpaste to polish silver
If you’re cleaning silver cutlery or jewellery, use a tooth both instead of expensive silver polish, and never put your silver in a dishwasher. All you need to do is rub the toothpaste on like soap, and rub it off with a kitchen towel. The results are remarkable. Toothpaste that contains more hydrated silica will work best, such as Tartar control paste.
3. Organise your bookcase
Get rid of old books that you no longer need to free up valuable space. You should categorise books by subject and size to make it easier to find. You can add some personality by lining them vertically and horizontally in a rhythmic pattern to avoid a flat and boring system, this will add visual interest.
4. Get clever with storage
A shoe organiser is great for storing products in a tidy and coordinated manner, making it easy to find products, and what’s more they are versatile enough to be hung all over the house. Branch out and use a shoe organiser to store cleaning bottles, kitchen products, and whatever clutter you have in the house.
5. Organise your wardrobe
Clearing out your closet is the best start to organising your life, by making your everyday routine more simpler. Give your unused clothes to charity, and organise your clothes by how often you wear them, type of item, and by occasion. When you have an organised wardrobe, you can have a clean, flying start to every day.
6. Vinegar away
Lime scale can be unsightly, and make any shiny surface dull and looking old. Avoid scrubbing off lime scale. The minerals are very tough, so abrasives scrubbing can damage the finish of the material underneath. You can buy brand-name lime scale removers: however, vinegar is a great alternative that is less potent of harsh chemicals and just as effective. Use it to remove lime scale on your kettle, your showerhead, taps, washing machine, and dishwasher, stainless steel or tiles surfaces. The vinegar must stay in contact with the lime scale for it to be most effective. Either soak the product for an hour in vinegar, or if it’s something tricky like taps, then use a towel soaked in vinegar and wrap it around the taps for an hour. In a washing machine, use a cup of vinegar instead of detergent and run a washing cycle without clothes. In a dishwasher, pour vinegar into the base of the machine rather than the detergent dispenser. Your home will be glistening with shine!
And there you have some easy, effective tips to get your home organised, clean and ready for the new spring season, so you can get on with a kick start to your days.