Chinese New Year is just around the corner! Whilst we might be looking forward to all the good food and great company, we’re certainly not looking forward to the mandatory spring cleaning. Here are a few spring cleaning hacks to help speed up your spring cleaning process, and make it less painful!
1. Assign rooms even before spring cleaning
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and certainly not by one person. The idea of spring cleaning your whole home might feel overwhelming, so break it down and assign rooms, or tasks, to different members in your family. If you have kids, they can also help with some of the simpler chores.
2. Get a robot to vacuum for you
Why do something the old-school, manual way when you can get a robot to do your dirty work? If you haven’t tried robot vacuum cleaners before, now’s the time. You’ll be amazed at how effective these things are – and after some time, you won’t even notice them running in the background!
Robot vacuum cleaners are priced from about $50 onwards, and there are a wide range of them available on Amazon.
3. Polish your furniture
Wooden furniture and that Bali-esque vibe are all the rage nowadays – but if they have been sitting around for some time now, don’t forget to keep them in tip-top condition.
You may do so by buffing your wooden tables, chairs, and armoires with furniture polish. If you want to go for the environmentally friendly option, you can even DIY your furniture polish with a few simple ingredients that you’ll be able to find in your kitchen.
4. Furniture that doubles up as storage space
No matter how much you clean on a regular basis, you’re bound to keep creating clutter – it’s a simple fact of life. So if you have a head start and can set aside some time to spruce up the house, that’s great. But if your relatives decide to drop by unexpectedly, there’s going to be a problem.
Save yourself the trouble (and the mini heart palpitations) by purchasing furniture that can niftily double up as storage space. In the event of guests arriving unannounced, you can easily sweep all your junk into your footstool (temporarily, of course!) and present a neat and clutter-free home to said guests.
The Bosnas Footstool (pictured above) is available at IKEA.
5. Enlist the help of specialists
If you’ve had a really busy week or month leading up to Chinese New Year, and simply can’t squeeze out the time to do it on your own, then it’s time to get some expert help.
There are plenty of part-time cleaners that you can engage in Singapore, starting at just over $20 an hour. Check out Helpling, Fuss, Kaodim and AuntieClean. Just make sure you book an appointment a few days in advance!
6. Get rid of unwanted items
Before you actually start cleaning, objectively evaluate everything that you’ve amassed over the years and decide whether it’s time to start binning some of your stuff. Can’t bear to part with them? Remember: The more things you have, the more storage you’ll need to get.
7. Get rid of your exposed furniture
If you want to do less cleaning, you’ll have to sacrifice aesthetics for functionality. Case in point – having an entire wall of exposed bookshelves might be #homegoals and make every bookworm on the planet salivate with envy, but it’ll be a nightmare to dust and keep clean.
Running in the same vein, exposed modular wardrobes and standalone clothing racks are highly popular right now – but they’ll also collect plenty of dust, and require more cleaning. If you don’t want to create extra work for yourself, opt for traditional covered up cabinets instead.
Chinese New Year might be slightly stressful if you need to host many families and friends in your home, but it’s also the reunion with our loved ones that makes it such a special and meaningful event. Start spring cleaning and prepping your place in advance, and you’ll be sure to have a spick and span home by the time your relatives visit!