How to get your home summer entertaining ready in 4 steps
Whether you’re planning on entertaining guests during the silly season, or you’re simply trying to give your home that “just moved in” feeling again, it’s always a good idea to give each room a thorough deep clean. We’ve got 4 basic house cleaning steps to share with you; making your home summer entertaining ready in no time.
1. Clear the Clutter
It’s time to adopt a new mindset for your homely possessions. Room by room; find a new place for – or better yet, get rid of – anything that does not belong in the room but is visible. Clearing the clutter makes deep cleaning easier, plus seeing those tidy surfaces will give you the oomph to keep going. Make sure you spritz some air freshener into the air to give the room a mood lift.
Hot tip: simply ask yourself; keep or delete? Will keeping this item make your life better? Find a way to edit down your possessions and you’ll be living a clutter free lifestyle in no time (which means less “stuff” to clean, hide and put away.)
2. Start High, Go Low.
No task is too overwhelming when you have a game plan. Tackle the big, hard-to-reach surfaces in this specific order: ceiling, ceiling trim, ceiling light fixtures (including bulbs), walls, the rest of the trim, and baseboards. By breaking up a daunting task into a smaller check list, one huge room is really just a series of small steps.
Hot tip: above eye level, a spritz of water is all you need on the mop. But below, where there is actual dirt plus dust, use warm water mixed with a drop of natural detergent or dishwashing liquid.
3. Windows of Opportunity
Here’s your chance to instantly make a huge difference in your home. It’s not hard to do, and the payoff is huge. First, vacuum the sills and tracks around each window. Then spritz the window with a natural glass cleaner from top to bottom. Let the cleaner do its thing for a minute, then squeegee it off.
Hot tip: if you wipe in one direction on inside windows and another on outside ones, it will be easier to see and fix streaks.
4. From Flawed to Floored
Do this one now, and your rooms will turn drab – to – fab. The before and after is almost shocking! First thing’s first; move all the furniture, including beds and sofas. Whip out your vacuum, dust it off, and use the crevice tool to get into the corners and along the baseboards. If you have a hard floor, use a natural floor cleaner and a microfibre mop. If you have carpet, grab a natural carpet cleaner and give it a good shampoo.
Hot tip: to make that easier now and in the future, put furniture gliders under the big pieces to make moving around heavy items much smoother.