Spring has finally begun, making it the perfect time to freshen up the house with a thorough cleaning.
Although the mammoth enterprise may feel daunting, this need not be the case, said organizational expert Anita Birges, who is in charge Mise and Place.
To make the process easier, the expert has broken down each room in the house and categorized what you should do and when it should be done.
Anita shares her system exclusively with FEMAIL and describes an annual, monthly and weekly and daily cleaning regime – and why this approach ensures a spotless, tidy and organized home.
Anita Birges (photo) founder of Mise en Place is an Australian debilitating expert who can transform any room into a streamlined beauty
BEFORE: If your pantry is full of half-opened bags of food, spring is the perfect time to consider a complete overhaul
NA: An organized pantry not only makes it easy to see which food you already have, but also ensures that this space is not littered with unwanted vermin
Kitchen cleaning schedule:
Spring is the ideal time to overhaul a messy and messy pantry.
& # 39; It's time to tackle those annoying beetles that come out in the spring, & # 39; she said. And it's all about tidying up, zoning and sorting everything.
In addition to streamlining the pantry, Anita recommends tackling under the sink.
This is because it is too easy for junk here. She also recommends that all devices be thoroughly washed and checked between seals to ensure that there is no mold.
What is Anita's five-step plan for overhauling a messy pantry?
Step one: Empty all pantry boards and drawers completely
Step two: Discard all food after the expiration date.
Step three: Carafe of food in airtight containers or pots.
Step four: Clean all shelves and drawers thoroughly.
Step five: Complete a functional system with labels and food group based on usage.
Every three months you must be prepared for an accumulation of dust that is located behind, under, and on the refrigerator.
The inside of the refrigerator must also be thoroughly cleaned at this point.
The task is to throw away old food and to clean the shelves and to defrost the freezer.
The oven should also be added to your list of quarterly kitchen cleaning tasks.
Anita said this should be done regardless of whether you & # 39; Masterchef-level meals or grilled cheese on toast & # 39; makes.
At this point you may also want to clear all the drawers and wipe out cupboards with cups, glasses and plates.
Clean all appliances every three months and also give your cutlery trays and crockery a fir
Anita said you should strive to thoroughly clean your dishwasher and microwave at least once a month.
To thoroughly clean the dishwasher, she recommends adding a cup of white vinegar to the detergent drawer and running the machine on a hot cycle.
To deeply clean a microwave, soak a sponge in a bowl with some water and a little washing up liquid and vinegar.
Once a sufficient amount of fluid has been absorbed, remove the sponge and place it in the microwave on high for three minutes.
Steam from the sponge loosens loosened food and makes cleaning the device a piece of cake.
Anita advises to mop kitchen floors and thoroughly wipe all the sofas every week.
Device surfaces must also be cleaned once a week. These include fridge doors, toaster and coffee maker.
Wipe all surfaces and keep your sink as clean as possible.
If you are struggling with particularly hard stains on stainless steel, Anita recommends spreading bicarbonate of soda on a damp surface and polishing with a soft cloth.
BEFORE: The bathroom cabinet can quickly become the home base for all kinds of half-used products, drinks and lotions
NA: Proper clearance of this space means sorting items in the right categories and throwing things you no longer use
What is the easiest way to clean a shower head?
1. Mix a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water (you need about 1 cup) and pour it into a plastic bag.
2. Place the plastic bag around the shower head so that the holes are immersed in the liquid and attach the bag to the shaft with a twist cord.
3. Let it soak for at least 15 to 20 minutes (if possible up to an hour).
4. Remove the bag and wipe away loose deposits. Let the shower rinse warm.
Bathroom cleaning schedule:
The bathroom is one of the most crowded areas in the house and therefore requires regular maintenance.
One per year you must check whether all bathroom equipment is in top condition.
In particular, if you live in an area with hard water, you may want to descale your shower head.
At this time, properly clean cupboards and under the bathroom sink because both places can quickly fill up with unused products.
Once a year can also be a good time to replace worn bath mats or tatty shower curtains.
What is Anita's advice to get rid of bathroom mold?
Anita recommends removing mold from the bathroom with this Selleys product
If mold around the mortar and sealants in the bathroom is a problem, Anita recommends using Selleys Rapid Mold Killer.
The product is available at Bunnings for $ 6.99.
For the best result, spray on affected surfaces and let it rest for at least 30 seconds.
After the product has been absorbed, it can be washed away with a brush with plastic hair.
Rinse all surfaces with cold water.
Factor on time for a deeper cleaning under the sink as well as all drawers and shelves.
& # 39; This keeps you informed of everything that leaks and the formation of fungi, & # 39; said Anita.
& # 39; If these areas are messy and not controlled, a small problem can become a much larger problem. & # 39;
Take a time once a month to thoroughly clean all the bathroom exhaust fans as well as the lighting fixtures.
A complete polish of walls, depending on mold and soap build-up, must also be done monthly.
However, if this is a problem, you may need to do something more often.
Every week the bathroom requires a complete and thorough cleaning.
As you work your way through a cleaning task list, make sure you check all surfaces, sinks, baths, showers, screen and window sills.
& # 39; A question I am always asked is how often you have to change bath towels, & # 39; said Anita.
& # 39; If you think for one to two weeks, think again. These must be washed every three times. & # 39;
BEFORE: Transforming the living room into an oasis of zen is a matter of ensuring that this space remains clutter-free and that it is never used as a landfill
NA: Anita reveals that by keeping personal items to a minimum, it is possible to keep the living room in good condition
Cleaning schedule living room:
It is not difficult to keep the living room well throughout the year. However, you must ensure that this area is regularly dusted and free of clutter.
Review everything you have once a year and decide whether the ornaments you collect still reflect your style or taste.
At this time you should also consider cleaning larger pieces of furniture such as sofas and armchairs, especially if you have children or pets.
Curtains and blinds must also be washed or wiped. Depending on the fabric, it may be necessary to clean curtains.
All rugs, cushions and rugs must be brought out every three months to air in the sun.
If your living room is carpeted, you may need to consider steam cleaning, but this depends on the amount of pedestrians.
A living room with wooden floors can also require a deeper cleaning at this point.
The cleaning expert said that if you want to give your house the impression that it is clean, you have to make an effort to store things (stock image)
Make time every month to vacuum up slits that are often overlooked.
Anita also proposes a monthly dusting routine to ensure that everything you see is spotlessly clean.
Wipe and polish coffee tables and side tables every week. If you have potted plants, take the time to put a cloth over it too.
You must also vacuum the living room and living room chairs, as well as carpets and rugs.
If you want to give your house the impression that it is clean, try to store things away.
Anita said: do not use the living room as a dump for toys, washing or paperwork.
If you want to ensure that your bedroom remains intact, take the time to clean your wardrobe once a year
Bedroom cleaning routine:
The bedroom may not seem like an area that needs to be deeply cleaned, but according to Anita it is a space that can quickly become a storage place for dust and junk.
If you want to make sure that your bedroom remains intact, take the time to completely clean your wardrobe once a year.
In addition to removing all clothing that you no longer wear, you must also check that you have not had the top of your cupboard turned into a landfill.
What is Anita Birges' reverse hanger hack for picking out a messy wardrobe?
When it comes to tidying up your wardrobe, it can be overwhelming to decide what to keep and what to remove.
Clothing often has sentimental value, or there is the all too common excuse for possibly needing the item for a special but unspecified occasion.
At the start of a new season, Anita uses a simple trick to let her know what to keep, sell, donate or throw away,
She hangs all her clothes with the hangers in the opposite direction. Every time she wears an item, it hangs in the right way.
After six months she is able to tell which piece is regularly worn by those who are not.
Anita recommends completely cleaning the drawers and cupboards every three months and taking the time to clean the storage space for shoes.
In addition, she proposes to also wash curtains and to wipe all handrails and blinds.
& # 39; Dust can be a reason that you & # 39; doesn't sleep well at night, so it's important to address these types of areas regularly, & she said.
Every three months, Anita said that you should turn your mattress over and vacuum and move your mattress so that you can vacuum underneath.
Once a month the cleaning expert advises you to thoroughly dust off your bedroom.
This task involves wiping out window sills, polishing the mirror and vacuuming the corners where cobwebs may have started to appear.
BEFORE: This wardrobe is full of clothing and other items and nothing is easy to find
NA: Matching clothes hangers make a huge difference, just like sorting clothes in suitable seasons
Take the time to clean your bedroom every week and remove anything that should not be stored there.
& # 39; Dust all surfaces, clean your bedside tables and polish any prints or ornaments you have, & # 39; said Anita.
For a weekly cleaning you must also vacuum the floors, including baseboards and change all bed linen.
To ensure that your room is a relaxing space, Anita recommends that you make the bed every day and store clothing so that it does not begin to build.
& # 39; Clean things are folded or hung up, dirty things are washed, & # 39; she said.
BEFORE: Cleaning your child's room is a matter of selecting books, toys and clothing and throwing away all items that are no longer in use
NA: Anita reveals a structured approach to every part of the house, meaning that you don't get overwhelmed by junk or that you have to spend the same amount of time organizing
Routine cleaning children:
Children's rooms can quickly become chaotic, especially if children grow out of toys and clothing quickly, Anita said.
Every year, go through all of your children's clothing to determine what can possibly be worn or handed over.
Everything that is in a reasonable condition, but an item that your child no longer carries, must be donated to a good cause.
Above all, make sure you resist the temptation to store these items in the garage.
Clothing that is not capable of donating can be cut up and used as rags.
Anita revealed that cleaning dirty toys is as easy as placing them in the dishwasher after you first spray them with an antibacterial spray
Browse your child's books and toys every three months to throw them away or donate them that they no longer use.
& # 39; The best time to dissolve is between school terms, & # 39; said Anita. & # 39; This puts us all on the right foot for the coming term. & # 39;
Anita also suggests folding the mattresses and vacuuming them thoroughly every quarter.
What are Anita's best tips for cleaning and sterilizing toys for children?
Anita unveiled a cleaning hack that she uses to wash her children's toys, simply spray them with an antibacterial spray, and place them in the dishwasher.
She said the trick not only cleans dirty toys easily, but is also perfect if the kids have been sick and you are trying to prevent the disease from spreading.
If you are cleaning smaller items such as Lego, place them in a colander and put the dishwasher on the shortest cycle.
Clean windows, washing curtains and blinds and window sills every month.
In addition, you can consider thoroughly cleaning all toys in high rotation.
This can be done by placing items in the dishwasher on a hot cycle after they have been sprayed with an antibacterial spray.
Her cleaning hack is especially good if you try to stop the spread of bacteria between children.
Plan on time every week to dust off all surfaces.
This is important because children can suffer from dust mites or related allergies, a problem that can be solved by wiping all surfaces wet.
Change bedding and, depending on the child's age, encourage them to throw away toys and books.
& # 39; Make beds like a crumpled and messy bed every day, making even the cleanest room a disaster, & # 39; said Anita.
In addition, the expert recommended giving children the habit of washing their dirty clothes and making sure that clothes were put up for the next day.
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