New Resolutions For A Clean Home

It’s that time of year again – time to change any old bad habits, get healthy and get organised. A new year brings new beginnings so it’s time to design a home that reflects the new you. By cleaning up and de-cluttering you can create bright, open spaces to start afresh so here’s 5 resolutions … Continue reading “New Resolutions For A Clean Home”

It’s that time of year again – time to change any old bad habits, get healthy and get organised. A new year brings new beginnings so it’s time to design a home that reflects the new you. By cleaning up and de-cluttering you can create bright, open spaces to start afresh so here’s 5 resolutions to get you going.

DE-CLUTTER YOUR STORAGE SPACES

If you’re opening your closet and finding that it’s packed full it’s time to pull everything out and see what’s in there. Once everything has been removed give the closet a clean out with a nice-smelling disinfectant. If you need to deodorize or reduce damp buy fresh new products to achieve this.

Now, take everything you’ve pulled out of the closet and sort it into three piles:

1. Always use.

2. Sometimes use.

3. Never use.

Check the items in the ‘never use’ pile. If any of these are damaged or unusable throw them away. The other items can be recycled at your local charity shop.

Your ‘sometimes use’ pile is probably the largest. You’ll need to be really critical here and split this pile into two. One pile contains any damaged, outdated or duplicated items. This pile will be going to recycling.

Pack all remaining items neatly back into your wardrobe. You may want to purchase some storage containers for this.

‘SPRING’ CLEAN

A ‘spring’ clean should be completed more often than once a year and ringing in the new year is a good time to clean your home thoroughly.

To get started have a bucket of hot soapy water and a container with your cleaning products and cloths. Begin in one room and clean everything you can see; blinds, windows and tracks, walls and furniture. Move furniture away from the wall and clean behind this. Open any drawers and cupboards and clean inside going through the de-clutter process if necessary.

In the kitchen, remove food items from the cupboards onto the bench and clean cupboard doors and shelving. Check food items for any expired dates and discard if old. Give your oven and fridge a good clean out too.

GO THROUGH OLD PAPERWORK

If you’ve got filing cabinets or storage containers full of old paperwork, now is a good time to go through this and see what you don’t need. For example, in Australia you only need to keep tax receipts for seven years so if you find anything older than that date it can be thrown out. You may also want to file away receipts older than one year into a storage container so only the most recent paperwork is accessible.

Organise your paperwork into labelled folders or filing cabinets under headings like ‘electricity’, ‘phone’ and ‘rates’ etc or whatever headings work for you.

HOUSE MAINTENANCE

It’s time to do all those small maintenance items around the home that you have been ignoring for months. If there is any damage around the home like broken appliances, blown light bulbs or paint touch-ups that needs to be done now’s the time to fix them.

Marks and holes can be fixed by taking a sample to your local paint retailer for a colour match. Fixing the small problems in your home will make you feel much better in your environment and help you focus on other aspects of your life.

GARDEN MAINTENANCE

The outside of your home needs attention too, particularly as it’s the first thing you see when your arrive home. Make sure all hedges and plants are neatly cut back and the lawn is mowed. Time to get out and remove all weeds from your garden and maybe add a few extra plants where needed. Add your favourite plant varieties to your garden as a reward for all the hard work you’re putting in.

Get a ladder and check the gutters for dead leaves. Remove all garden debris straight to the local tip once you have completed your work. Compost garden debris which can be recycled into mulch.

Can You Get Away Without End of Tenancy Cleaning?

If the time has come for you to move out from the rented property you have lived in for some time and look for another one, it is wise to get your security deposit back. In order to do that, however, you must leave the property in pristine condition, which often comes after a top-level end of tenancy cleaning service.

Many people wonder if they can do without this service. It has surely crossed your mind as well. After all, the idea that you can reduce some of you expenses sure is attractive. However, there is a reason why end of tenancy cleaning is such a popular service and it has to do with the fact that it works – people do get their deposits back. Still, if you are wondering if you can get away without it, here are few scenarios that suggest so:

    • You are on very good terms with your landlord – what this means is that you have to be friends with the person, i.e. you know them well and they know you well. If that is not the case and they are very strict, chances are you will fail your inventory check without a good company to ensure cleaning is done right. You definitely need professionals, if you have had trouble with your landlord, because any imperfection will be objected against and there will be flaws if you want to take on cleaning on your own.
    • You feel confident in your cleaning skills – if you’d like to devote a good portion of time and effort in cleaning and you are positive that you can do it right, then give it a shot. Keep in mind you must be vigorous in your efforts and leave no area untouched, because otherwise you will not pass the check. You must do the job with the right tools and settle for nothing but perfection. If you can do that, then perhaps you don’t need to hire a cleaning company.
    • You have the necessary equipment – performing a deep clean is not something you do without the proper gear. It takes specialised tools and solutions to deal with carpet cleaning and often times those are not available in every home. However, if you can rent the equipment or you have bought it previously, you can perhaps try out cleaning on your own, granted you feel confident enough in using said gear.
  • You are willing to take a risk – no matter how well-prepared and well-geared you think you are, doing the end of tenancy clean on your own is always associated with some risk. You must be willing to accept the fact your landlord may not like the outcome of your cleaning and you not hiring a cleaning agency for the job, thus taking some money from your deposit. If you want to be sure that doesn’t happen, you should hire a cleaning company.

Dealing with the end of tenancy cleaning without the aid of professionals should be done with caution. Make sure the conditions listed above are met, or else you may lose part of your security deposit.