Spring cleaning is an age-old tradition that originated many years ago, when people relied on open fireplaces to heat their homes in winter, closing windows and stopping up gaps to retain the heat. As soon as the weather become warmer, they would open their doors and windows and clean away the accumulated soot, dust and grime.
While today’s homes largely make use of electrical or gas heaters for warmth and there is no longer a need to close up completely during winter; spring cleaning has endured through the years, with people taking advantage of the warm weather to air out unused rooms, declutter spaces and get their homes ready for new beginnings and the hot summer months.
There are a number of benefits to a good spring clean. For starters, studies have shown that it can increase productivity. For example, when everything is in its proper place, we save a great deal of time not having to search for missing items. In addition, the act of decluttering your space teaches you to let go of objects that you have not used for some time, and therefore do not need. Add to that – it’s healthy; ridding your home of allergens and dust that have built up over the winter months.
That said, spring cleaning can be a daunting task – most of us don’t even know where to start. The best way to begin is to take a systematic approach, creating a to do list or a room by room plan. Make a check list, distinguishing the areas which were the most neglected over winter and which require only a light clean. Professional cleaners are a good idea at this point, as they are best able to lift the dirt and dust for a deep clean.
The patio and outdoor areas will require the most attention – this is generally seen as a seasonal task. Tackle jobs such as cleaning the braai or grill; hosing down outdoor furniture and briefing your cleaning company to do a deep clean on outdoor cushions and scatters.
There’s no denying that a spring clean requires a certain amount of effort, but the results are well worth it – starting out the new season on a clean slate. For more information on the best ways to free your home from dust and allergens, visit www.cleancaremobile.co.za or call 011 783 4441.