When you are a perfectionist outside of the home, people can see it as a positive character trait. Bosses look for those who are eagle-eyed and can get the job done correctly. Friends are grateful to you for being so organised and arranging brilliant meetups. Family take note of the meticulous gift-wrapping and well-chosen present. But when you are a perfectionist inside your home, things can get a little stressful when they don’t all go to plan.
With this year’s winter season slowly but surely becoming something that you can put behind you, the spring clean is almost upon us. Here are five steps to ensure that the perfectionist in you can chill, knowing that everything is covered…
Clean the Cupboards
This is a given with spring cleaning, really, isn’t it? Ensure that all of your tinned and dry food is in date, wipe out the cupboards ad place everything neatly back in again. A neat trick is to place film or paper over the bottom of the cupboards so if anything should spill or drip, it is easy to pull out from underneath every couple of weeks rather than start the whole process again. Remember that the outside of cabinets need a good wipe too; grease and grime can build up on them very easily.
Dust off the Duvet
Dust mites are common problems, but a hot wash of your duvet and bedding can significantly reduce the impact that they have on you. Wash your duvet every six months (yes, the actual duvet, not the cover!) and you’ll be good to go for a while. If you are worried about anything else lurking in your bedroom, such as bedbugs, now is an ideal time to get rid of them before your time is spent on other things. Find an exterminator (Exterminador.24Hora.org is a great starting point) to give you peace of mind. They may be able to pick out other things that you have living in your home that you may not have even noticed.
Make the Skirting Shine
If you have skirting boards or coving in any of your rooms, give it a bit of TLC while your mind is on it. Wiping the dust off, polishing or even giving them a fresh coat of paint can work wonders in freshening up the look of a room.
Buff it, Baby
If you have wooden floors and they haven’t been shown some love in a while, consider hiring a buffer to bring out the best of them. You can do it by hand if you want to save yourself some pennies, and the results can be fantastic; when living in an old building especially with original wooden floors, features can be brought out that you had never even noticed before.
Sow the Seeds
Now is the time to be thinking outside of the box (or the house), especially as you can get hold of some beautiful flowers and tasty plants that you need to ‘sow and grow’ in the winter season. Put in the work now and you will literally reap the rewards in the coming months.