There’s never a bad time to do a bit of spring cleaning around the house, but January and February tend to be the most popular months for this. Decluttering and clearing out your space is a great way to start the new year and jump into spring with a fresh outlook.

There are a few simple tips that can help make spring cleaning a more manageable task. If you have the time and a lot of energy, you might wish to try spring cleaning your home in a day. Depending on the size of your home and the amount of work to get through, it may be good to split the work over a long weekend or two. Either way, freshening up your space is sure to provide a little lift in the early spring when the days are starting to get longer.

Start by decluttering

Whether you are tackling an entire house, an apartment, a single room or even just a wardrobe, it can be very helpful to take a Marie Kondo approach and sort through all items, getting rid of old or unwanted things and deciding on what to keep. Reducing the amount of things you own will free up space and help to clear out old energy. Some of the best cleaning products are simple household items such as baking soda, lemon and salt — these will go a long way in cleaning surfaces and items in your home. Other tips to keep in mind for spring cleaning include the following:

  • Donate items you no longer need such as clothes, books and kitchen items to charity
  • Watch Marie Kondo’s Netflix series for some organisational inspiration
  • Listen to your favourite podcast or music while you clean
  • Organise your belongings in a logical way according to each room and how frequently you use them
  • Focus on one room at a time
  • Don’t forget to give household appliances a spring clean too — cleaning your washing machine and dishwasher on a super hot wash, and cleaning out the fridge, can give these appliances a new lease of life
  • Fix broken household items rather than replacing them. There are some DIY repairs you can do yourself, while others may need an expert.

When it comes to household repairs, there are various tools and types of glue available for different types of metal, which make fixing furniture and electrical equipment quick, easy and safe. Repairing tables, chairs, broken photo frames or tech items is often quicker and easier than replacing them — not to mention more environmentally friendly.

Sparkling clean

Once you have decluttered your space and cleared out old or unwanted items, it’s a good time to do a deep clean. This means removing curtains and washing them in the washing machine, cleaning the windows (you’ll be surprised the difference it makes), deep cleaning carpets and upholstery, and giving all surfaces a good dusting. Vacuum every corner and open up the windows wide to let in plenty of fresh air. In the case of spring cleaning the kitchen, giving the oven and hob a deep clean can give these appliances a new lease of life.

And why stop there? Once the house is sparkling you can take things outdoors and freshen up the garden by pruning back any unruly plants, cutting the grass, and perhaps planting new seeds and bulbs. Early spring is a great time to get digging in the garden. And when that’s ready, it’s truly time to put your feet up, light some candles, pour yourself a drink, and reap the rewards of a calm, clear space.