Home is where the heart is, so you should maintain your own home as best possible! This is a much easier process than it sounds, so many of us find that we need a little help along the way. Giving your home a complete clear out and overhaul can be a daunting task, as it entails a lot. But not to worry. We’ve cut the task down into multiple areas that you can focus on one at a time! Follow the advice below and your property will be comfortable, sparkling, and junk-free in next to no time!
Let’s start with the inside of our homes. After all, this is the area where we spend most of our time. It’s where we kick back and relax at the end of a long day at work. It’s where we return after socialising. It’s where we really let our hair down and can be one hundred percent ourselves. It should be a tranquil, peaceful haven as much as possible. But it’s hard to relax in a space that’s messy and unattended to! Here are some areas to focus on and processes to consider to make your home the tidy haven it should be!
The first step you need to tackle when cleaning your home properly is to declutter. When you’ve been living in the same home for years on end, you accumulate all sorts of belongings that you really don’t need. Whether that’s unwanted gifts, promotional items you’ve been handed while out and about, or items you used to use but no longer touch. Decluttering is the process of getting rid of these items. This can be difficult. Most of us hang onto more items than we need, thinking we may have use for them in the future. But the general rule of thumb is that if you haven’t used something in more than a few months (and it isn’t of high sentimental value or something like a Christmas decoration which is only meant to come out once a year), you don’t really need it. Try to recycle as much as you can. This will put the items to good use in another way. Alternatively, you could sell unwanted items onto others who will put them to good use themselves. What you’re left with after this process will generally be junk, so make sure to reach out to house clearance services who will take care of removal on your behalf.
Deep cleaning is a lot more important than just dusting down the sides and polishing surfaces. It entails really giving everything in your home a thorough clean so everything is hygienic and presentable. You don’t have to do this very often, but when you do, it’ll make a huge difference. Aspects of deep cleaning could include shampooing the carpet with specialist carpet cleaners. It could mean cleaning between tiles in your bathroom and kitchen. It could entail wiping down marks from the walls and maybe even applying a new coat of paint once things have dried. You can wash your upholstery, scrub down floors rather than running the mop over them and so much more. If it can be cleaned, make sure to clean it – and put a little elbow grease into it too!
Remember your home isn’t confined to the limits of its four walls. Many of our homes have gardens that need to be maintained too! While the majority of us want to have a beautiful backyard, very few of us have the time or are willing to put in the effort to maintain one and we often end up with cluttered and overgrown outdoor spaces that we can barely use. So, what can you do? Well, there are two options. The first is to get a little green fingered and start doing some gardening yourself. The other is to call in professional help. Calling in professional help is perhaps the easiest of the two options. All you have to do is look up a reliable and recommended local gardening service. The type you need will depend on the state of your garden. If you simply need the lawn mown and some weeds pulled, a standard gardener will be sufficient. If you need an entire overhaul, with a new garden layout, water features or ponds fitted and other high-end work, you’re going to need to look for a landscape designer. If you decide to go DIY, it can be difficult to know where to start. Here are a few areas you might want to focus on to get the ball rolling in the right direction.
First things first, tackle the lawn. But don’t head right in with the mower! If you have overgrown grass, you never know what might be lying in it. Take a look around. If there’s any animal faeces from your own or neighbours pets (or even local wildlife), it will need to be picked up. Make sure to wear gloves and dispose of it responsibly. You may also find rocks and sharp objects nestled away in long grass. Make sure to move this out of the way too, as it can damage your mower’s blades. Once everything’s clear, get the mower and mow the lawn on a dry day. When you get to the corners, use a strimmer. This will get the areas your mower itself can’t reach!
If your lawn has gotten a little out of control, you’re probably going to find yourself having to deal with weeds. This can be time consuming and frustrating, but it’s more than worth the effort. You can find a complete guide to pulling weeds here. The key thing is to make sure you get them by the root – anything leftover can just result in more weeds growing as soon as you walk away from the job.
If you have hedges, they’ll need to be trimmed. Large gardening shears will generally do the job. Remember, slow and steady wins the race in this respect. For a clean, straight top and sides, you’re going to need precision and this comes with patience. Hacking away will often leave your bushes misshapen and a little odd looking.
Those of us who are lucky enough to have trees in our backyards are often initially unaware that they need pruning. This keeps them healthy and makes sure they don’t overgrow and encroach on neighbouring areas. Pruning can be difficult, but it is possible. Just make sure to be careful when carrying this activity out. You need to be on a stable surface to reach the branches and you should be mindful that branches don’t fall. This could prove to be extremely dangerous. If you’re feeling unsure, call in a tree surgeon. It’s not worth risking injury for the sake of saving a little money.
Sure, this may seem like a lot to take in at once. But it’s really more than worth the effort. Once you’ve got on top of things, maintenance is much more simple and you’ll always be comfortable in your own abode! So, don’t procrastinate! Get started and you’ll be on the road to the perfect living space before you know it!