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How to know when to throw it away

We’ve all been in the situation where we know we have to take the plunge and get rid of old items in order to make way for new, but how do we know what still has some life left in it and what we can definitely dispose of without later regret?

Consider the following points, and they will hopefully help make your mind up for you!

When was the last time you used it?

Whether it’s an item in your wardrobe or an item hiding at the back of your kitchen cupboard, we’ve all been in the state of mind that we’ll wear or use it at some point…but when? The next time you have a clear out, we guarantee it’ll still be there, gathering dust and taking up much needed storage space! Get rid!

How much do you like the item?

Do you have a sentimental connection to the item but don’t use it regularly or at all? Some instances are excusable, but if you don’t have that connection to it, ditch it!

Maybe you don’t even like the item in question anymore. That dress you bought in the sale three years ago, but you can’t bear to get rid of it because it was such a good bargain – put the feelings aside and donate it to the charity shop!

How does it function within the household?

The grey rug you bought for your living room a couple of years ago, once served its purpose in your grey colour schemed room… but now your living room is cream and the rug doesn’t match. What is it still doing in your attic, taking up valuable space?

Clean Sweep

Decluttering to de-stress!

The thought of doing a major house clean in this gloomy, cold winter weather is one that fills us all with utter dread and misery. All we want to do in the winter months is get nice and comfy and eat some delicious food – not clean the house from top to bottom! We also mustn’t forget we have the added stress of Christmas a mere six weeks away!

However, you may not realise, but a lot of the stress you’re feeling right now, whether it is to do with Christmas or general winter blues can actually be reduced by giving your home a good clean.

Think about it. You spend a large portion of your day in your home – it’s the place you should be able to relax, but if you haven’t had a good clean up in a while, this could be subconsciously adding to your stress levels.

As well as for keeping your stress levels to a minimum, conducting an overall clean is hugely important for health reasons. We’re not saying you need to do these tasks every single week (except for certain jobs) but ensuring you keep on top of your cleaning will help the process become not so overwhelming.

So when it comes to tasks such as changing your bed sheets, doing the laundry, cleaning your bathroom and dusting, you should make an effort to do these on a minimum of a weekly basis. Areas which are used most often, such as the ones above, are the areas you should prioritise and take care when cleaning.

There are then the more tedious cleaning tasks, but thankfully, these don’t need to be taken care of on too much of a regular basis – we advise every two to three months! These tasks include:

Cleaning the build-up of grease on your oven… It’s pretty much a no brainer but is so often overlooked. Think how often you use the oven and how much grease will form over weeks and months of use. There are lots of great products on the market that will vanish the stubborn grease marks in no time!

While on the topic of kitchen appliances, make sure you give your fridge a good scrub! Here are some tips to help you get started:

Empty your fridge of all its content – this is also a good time to have a clear out!

  • Carefully take out any shelves inserted in the fridge and wash them with hot soapy water. If they are glass shelves, be careful as putting a cold glass shelf into warm water could cause it to crack. An ideal solution would be to either wash with cooler water, or wait until the glass has acclimatised to room temperature.
  • Try not to use scented products when cleaning the inside of the fridge – it’s best to use baking powder with hot water. This will not provide any scent but will still kill all germs and bacteria.
  • Finally, dry all of the inside and shelf compartments and place them back in the fridge. Simple!

Your sofas and carpets should also be cleaned every couple of months to reduce dust particles which can easily become trapped without you realising. Make sure that the products you are using on your sofa is fit for its material – you don’t want to have to fork out money for a new sofa!

When cleaning carpets, yes, a standard vacuum will do the trick, but consider getting your carpets steam cleaned as this will help abolish bacteria as well as stubborn stains!

The things we often neglect when it comes to cleaning

The things we often neglect when it comes to cleaning
We’re approaching that time of year where a spring clean is in order for many, so open those windows and let the fresh air fill the house while you hoover and polish ready for the summer time.
But whilst giving your home a new fresh feel, why not pay attention to the little things in your home that are just as important as your carpets and worktops?
We have a feeling these are a few of the forgotten essentials when it comes to making sure everything is clean.
Hoovering pillows, mattresses and duvets
If you are one to let your pets jump into bed with you and make themselves comfortable, make sure you run a hoover over the bedding every now and then to make sure you don’t get any nasty surprises and wake up to creepy crawlies which may have made their way into your pets fur in the garden that day.
Refrigerator
While it may seem obvious to some to wipe down the insides and outsides of your fridges on a regular basis, people often forget about the refrigerator coils. Unplug the fridge from the power source to avoid electric shocks and hoover over the coils to remove the nasty build-up of dust and dirt that could go unnoticed for years!
Brooms and brushes
After a thorough sweep around the house, don’t just put the broom back in the corner ready for the next time it will be used- Wash the bristles in detergent and warm water to get rid of everything you have swept up so that next time you avoid sweeping that dirt back around the house. Drying the broom in the sunlight or somewhere warm also helps to kill off any bacteria that may otherwise be left to fester.