2018 seemed to last 5 minutes… How is it 2019 already?! With the new year, usually comes a new-found-wave of motivation and I, for one, will be capitalising on my moment of motivation!
My home has been a mess since Christmas day, the odd Christmas decoration here, dusty surface there, and I keep telling myself “New year. That’s when I’ll deep clean the house”. Well, it’s officially the new year and the time has finally come to deep clean the house.
As the saying goes; clean home, clear mind. Something I intend to live by in 2019, so I’m not looking to do a quick clean up, I’m detoxing the house and, in turn, my mind.
If you’re in the same boat as me, here are a few tips to give your house the deep clean it deserves, plus some fun ways to add a little extra storage into your home!
Brush Over the Blinds
Blinds collect dust very easily, so you need an easy way to get rid! Use an old sock dipped in a mixture of vinegar and water and run your hand along each of the slats. Don’t forget to twist the blinds the other way and repeat!
Your Mattress Matters
Cleaning the bedding should, I hope, be standard practice in all households. But, we’re deep cleaning here. We’re going the extra mile. Which means we’re taking it one step further and cleaning the mattress! To wash your mattress, use the nozzle from your vacuum to suck up all the dust, dirt and hair particles, then go in with an upholstery cleaner to remove stains and odours.
Lint Rolling Lampshades
Lampshades can be a real pain to remove dust from. But no dust formed against us shall prosper. Use a lint roller to remove the dust from your lampshades and other canvas surfaces!
Have you ever looked down the drain? No? Don’t. It’s pretty grim. The kitchen sink is one of the dirtiest areas in the entire home, so you’ll want to give it a clean if you’re serious about this deep cleaning malarkey. Luckily, all you have to do is pour one cup of baking soda and two cups of vinegar down your drain and wait 30 minutes. Wash down with boiling water and if you want to take a look – now’s the time!
Inside the Fridge
Think about what’s inside your fridge… raw meat, dairy, veg, leftover dinners, and much more. All of the above can get mouldy and most of the above can give you food poisoning when cross-contaminated. Cleaning the inside of your fridge is really important and should be kept up with, especially if food ever goes off or gets mouldy! Use a mix of vinegar with baking soda, leave the paste and wipe.
With 4 teaspoons of baking soda, 5 teaspoons of vinegar and a few drops of dish soap, plus a bit of elbow grease, you should be able to get rid of those scorch marks and stains that have built up from dinner after dinner.
Let the sudsy mixture sit for a few hours before wiping it away with a clean, wet cloth.
Get your grimy grout sparkling white again with a mixture of – you guessed it – vinegar and dish soap. You should do this last, just before you get in the shower after your sweaty day of cleaning and then you rinse everything off easily.
Scrub the Skirting Boards
This is really getting down to the nitty-gritty, but dirty skirting boards are one of those things that you never really notice until you focus on them… and then it’s all you can focus on! Cleaning the skirting boards may go unnoticed by most people but it will be that finishing touch to tie the newly-cleaned house together.
Use a dishcloth or sponge dipped in warm, soapy water to scrub scuff marks and dirt. Some stains may not come fully off, in which case you may want to consider painting over the marks.
Bonus tip: rub your skirting boards with a dryer sheet to repel dust.
Wash Your Window Tracks!
Window tracks can be pretty disgusting – they can fill up with dust, dirt and sometimes even dead flies – but they’re another thing that is often overlooked, or in my case ignored because I simply do not want to deal with the disgusting mess.
Sprinkle some baking soda on the dirt and pour a little vinegar on top then let it sit for a few minutes and scrub with an old dishcloth or toothbrush before wiping clean.
Now that you’ve completed your deep clean, your brain will be in organisation mode. I’ve found some really fun, multipurpose, DIY storage solutions that you can actually implement in your own home – not like some of these videos you find that make a bed, wardrobe, storage space and set of drawers all in one!
Here are some of the most useful storage hacks I’ve found:
IKEA Trone Shoe Storage Boxes
These are potentially the most versatile of IKEA’s products. You see a shoe box? I see a whole world of possibilities.
You could have these boxes in the bathroom and keep spare rolls of toilet paper, cleaning products, sanitary products or cosmetics and medicines in there! In your children’s room, you could keep toys, clothes or baby changing products. In the hallway, you could use it for organising letters or putting your most worn shoes in so you’re not tripping over them.
Vanity with Ample Storage
What’s the point in buying a dressing table with tiny drawers or no drawers at all? Buy a table top and 2 sets of matching drawers, using the drawers as the legs for the table. You’ll have an out-of-the-way place to store your beauty products, hair products, skin care, electronics and a minimalistic dressing table!
This stunning reclaimed toy box can be used as a coffee table in your living room, but also opens up and has plenty of storage inside! You could store kids toys, laptops, remotes or magazines in there, or you could even bring the box into your bedroom to store clean bedding or shoes!
Dresser Laundry Basket
Laundry baskets can become a nuisance if they’re just lingering around the bathroom or bedroom. Hide your basket/hamper inside your dresser! If you could free up 2 or 3 drawers this hack will change your laundry game.
Remove the bottom of the drawers you’ve freed up (keep the bottom of the bottom drawer though – you don’t want your clothes falling straight through to the floor), and attach a panel of wood to the inside front panel of the drawers to keep them all together. Then attach 2 panels at both sides and the back, again on the inside.
You could either throw your laundry in just how it is or find a linen liner for the inside.
These tips and tricks for cleaning the house and finding new multifunctional ways to store my clutter in the house have changed the game for me, and I hope they serve the same purpose for you!