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The art of spring cleaning

Dust down the ceiling, wash the windows, change the drapes, and scrub the floors! It’s that time of the year again to let bad vibes out and good luck in as we usher in the Year of the Dragon. Vacuum cleaners may have long since replaced the traditional bamboo leaves to clean the cobwebs, but we definitely still take our spring cleaning for the New Year very seriously.

But yes, thinking about all the work we need to accomplish can be a bit daunting. But as any domestic diva would put it, spring cleaning shouldn’t be a dreadful experience. With a little bit of organisation, the right cleaning tools, and an upbeat spirit, we can conquer the dusts and grimes we’ve accumulated over the past year. So out with the old and in with the new!

General cleaning tips 

Spring cleaning is all about strategy. First off you need to be protected, so it’s better to invest in a good, reliable pair of gloves and a dust mask. Next, always work from top to bottom and from inside out. Keep trash bags and recycle bags handy so you don’t need to go again and sort things out later.

Just like your grandmothers did in the old days, it’s better to schedule each cleaning session in such a way as it won’t become too overwhelming for you. Each weekend can be allotted to one room. Also, take advantage of the situation and make it a family affair. These days it’s so easy to just hand over all the cleaning to the house help. But try not to let this one good tradition go. Let the younger generation experience the fun of spring cleaning with the family.

Don’t forget about food and music. These are two must-haves for spring cleaning, aside from the usual appropriate cleaning tools. Set in the mood with a lively music. Order in or cook everybody’s favourite food to inspire everyone to get moving. Happy cleaning!

Kitchen cleaning

The kitchen would probably be the most difficult to clean amongst the rooms in our house. What with all the cabinets and pots and pans and itsy bitsy stuff we use for cooking. The trick is to do the big job first and the rest will follow.

The Task:

  • Take down and wash curtains and blinds.
  • Take down and clean the ceiling fan.
  • Dust down the ceiling. Wipe or wash walls. Clean windows.
  • Empty the refrigerator; throw away spoiled and leftover foods. Thoroughly clean it inside out, from up down.
  • Empty cupboards, cabinets and drawers. Start cleaning inside out. Take away for storage or for charity stuff that you will no longer use. Clean and wash those you still want to use.
  • Clean the oven, oven toaster, juicer, coffee maker and other electronic stuff.
  • Take away wash and hand towels, pot holders, aprons and counter covers and bring out fresh ones.
  • Wash all dirty dishes and those that you haven’t used for a while. Dry and put away.
  • Wash down the kitchen counters, and scrub the sink.
  • Disinfect everything that needs disinfection.
  • Empty the trash bin.
  • Last but not least, mop/scrub the floors.

Living room livening

Our living room is usually kept neat and clean. But this time, we’ll be going beyond maintenance cleaning. If you’ve been thinking of changing your seat cover, or rearranging the furniture, then now would be a good time. Decide on what look you want and make a list of what you need, whether it’s a new couch, a shelf or rug. But before you redecorate, get down to real business first and start cleaning!

The tasks:

  • Take down and wash/wipe ceiling fan and chandeliers.
  • Dust down the ceiling.
  • Take down and clean wall paintings and decors.
  • Wash/wipe/repaint walls when necessary.
  • Take down and wash curtains and blinds, and clean/wash windows.
  • Wipe books. Dust and clean bookshelves, tables and other living room fixtures.
  • Dust and wipe the TV and other electronics.
  • Dust and clean the sofa/couch and chairs.
  • Vacuum or wash the carpets and rugs.
  • Vacuum or mop the floors.
  • Start re-arranging and doing your living room makeover if you want.

Dining dusting

For most of us, we don’t usually use our dining room, unless we have guests over or there’s an occasion at the house. So this is usually the easiest room to clean.

The tasks:

  • Take down and wash/wipe ceiling fan and chandeliers.
  • Dust down the ceiling.
  • Take down and clean wall paintings and decors.
  • Wash/wipe/repaint walls when necessary.
  • Take down and wash curtains and blinds, and clean/wash windows.
  • Dust and clean dining room table and chairs.
  • Dust and wipe fixtures like lamp posts and cabinets.
  • Vacuum or wash the carpets and rugs.
  • Vacuum or mop the floors.

The tools:

  • Gloves
  • Face mask
  • Mop
  • Duster with a long handle
  • Cleaning clothes
  • Bucket and water dipper
  • Vacuum
  • Sponges and brushes
  • Soap, cleanser and disinfectant solution
  • Garbage bags
  • Paint
  • Step ladder
  • Boxes and containers for organising

Bedroom beautifying

It can be hard to maintain an organised bedroom with busy work and social life, and because of the mindset that you’re the only one who sees your room anyway. But there’s nothing like coming home to a neat bed with crisp, fresh laundered sheets. So tie your hair up and start tossing the dirty laundry where they belong, in the washing machine!

The tasks:

  • Pick up all the dirty laundry and toss them in the laundry basket or straight to the washing machine.
  • Put all your make-up and toiletries away so they won’t get in the way of your cleaning.
  • Dust down the ceiling and the ceiling fan. Clean the air conditioner and windows.
  • Take down and wash curtains and blinds.
  • Wipe or wash the walls. Wipe wall decors and paintings.
  • Clean the vanity mirror, study tables, book shelves, lampshades, study lamp, computers and electronics.
  • Clean the drawers and cabinets inside out. Take away for charity or storage clothes and stuff you will no longer use.
  • Organise your closet, dresser and make-up/toiletries using boxes and organisers.
  • Clean shoes and shoe racks.
  • Wash and clean carpets and rugs.
  • Mop/vacuum floors, especially under the bed and tables.
  • Change sheets and pillow cases.
  • Get a nice, new room freshener.

Bathroom brightening

Most people dread cleaning the bathroom. It’s understandable as it can be the dirtiest place in the house if you’re not in the habit of cleaning it regularly. But bathroom cleaning can be easy if you know where to start and with the right cleaning tools.

The tasks:

  • Take out and wash the shower curtains.
  • Dust down the ceiling and wash the vents and fans.
  • Scrub the walls, the tub, the sink and the toilet. Don’t forget to scrub under the sink, too.
  • Wipe and clean mirror.
  • Empty medicine cabinet, and clean from inside out. Throw away old medicines and creams.
  • Wipe and clean towel racks and other bathroom fixtures.
  • Take away and wash hand towels, bathroom rugs, toilet covers.
  • Scrub the floors.
  • Empty the trash bin.
  • Disinfect and get a new air freshener.
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