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Carol.L Posted 1 year ago
Do you ‘Spring clean’, and if so what do you actually do over and above normal cleaning?
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    • Marica 27th March 2021 at 5:44 pm

      It depends what mood I am in on the day Carol. I never have housework days . My mum did when I was little and it was rigid! I will walk past things, look at them and go” OOOOk, where’s the mop/hoover/pledge??!” And this can be from getting up in the morning to midnight and I will still clean it whatever the time. But kitchen and bathrooms are done regularly . I cannot be bothered to do too much nowadays . But I do feel my home could so with a good internal freshen up of paint

      • Carol.L 27th March 2021 at 6:11 pm

        I too try and keep on top of things cleaning wise but do leave some jobs like washing down paintwork and curtains to do less regularly. Agree that bathrooms (we have 3!), and kitchen are top priority.

      • Anonymous User (no longer active) 27th March 2021 at 6:54 pm

        I keep my bathrooms and kitchen clean anyway (well its only me now, but it was only ever two of us anyway). I clean the inside of my windows when I notice they need doing, but frames are wiped down as part of the regular clean.

        Things don’t really get that dirty but then I don’t have an open fire.

        • Marica 2nd April 2021 at 3:57 pm

          I think for us , although not on a main road at all, it is residential dust and traffic that creates some of the dirt in here even if we don’t have the windows open much.

        • Anonymous User (no longer active) 2nd April 2021 at 4:36 pm

          Yes of course. Not as built up here I guess, and there is only me. Also the age of the property can make a difference to. It just has to be healthy clean at the end of the day, or clean enough for you to feel comfortable in.

    • Anonymous User (no longer active) 27th March 2021 at 6:51 pm

      I have never spring cleaned in my life. My home is clean enough to be honest, although I guess it wouldn’t do any harm to empty the wardrobe completely and put it all back again!

    • Carol.L 27th March 2021 at 6:55 pm

      If I could be granted one luxury it would be a walk in wardrobe Gill. I love watching all the home improvement shows on tv ad they always look so organised.

      • Anonymous User (no longer active) 2nd April 2021 at 4:08 pm

        Masters of Flip with their ridiculously big wardrobes? I like the idea of seeing what is in my wardrobe for easy selection – and if I were to have a cull I probably could! I reckon they don’t stay that organised. I reckon it eventually becomes cluttered because you don’t have to chuck anything out!

      • Josie The Black Country Wench 8th April 2021 at 5:03 pm

        We have two walk in wardrobes in our house. We were suppose to down size when we moved, However we saw this 3 bedroomed house and fell in love with it. We decided that we would make one into a walk in wardrobe and storage room. No more climbing in the loft for the Christmas Decorations. The walk in wardrobe in our bedroom was supposed to be a ensuite but the previous owners decided not to do it and we don’t really need an ensuite so we have left it has is.

    • NYC to UK 28th March 2021 at 6:28 pm

      Once a year I wash all the blinds and curtains, otherwise just normal cleaning.

    • Anonymous User (no longer active) 28th March 2021 at 7:22 pm

      Well I have a walk in wardrobe. It’s my world to wonder land. Just need to check out some old stuff always to charity shops with some nice new stuff when shops open.
      As for spring cleaning I’ve been told by those who know me that I’m a hypochondriac to when it comes to cleaning everything almost once or twice a week even now I’m on my own
      And candles or nice air diffusers in ever room . My husband hated those ( o well he’s gonna now so I can put in ) 😂

    • Anonymous User (no longer active) 28th March 2021 at 7:33 pm

      And when ever guest come it always a big cook up always enough for take away✅

    • Sue47 31st March 2021 at 5:34 pm

      I don’t spring clean but have a vacuum cleaner and cleaning kit upstairs as I have to vac the bed every day. Darned cat! After that I give everything a clean, only takes 10 minutes or so (mostly on the bathroom) then upstairs is done before breakfast. I’ve turned the third bedroom into my dressing room so mine isn’t cluttered up with furniture. The downstairs is given a thorough clean every month then kept clean and tidy every day, and my lovely daughter brings me fresh flowers every week which always brighten up the rooms. Windows inside twice a year, a nice man does the outside every 6 weeks. But as we head into Spring quite a lot will be overlooked in favour of the garden….

      • Carol.L 31st March 2021 at 5:55 pm

        It sounds like you have the perfect cleaning routine there sparrer and I agree with the fresh flowers touch, what a difference they make!

      • Anonymous User (no longer active) 2nd April 2021 at 4:16 pm

        Sounds perfect .. you have it all so organised too. How wonderful that your daughter gives you flowers every week. So thoughtful.

        • Sue47 2nd April 2021 at 4:43 pm

          I think it’s partly because my Mum had to work full time and we all mucked in at weekends so we could go out for a drive and a picnic or whatever on Sundays after church, and partly through running a residential home for many years and having to be super-organised. Now retired I work for a charity at home and some old habits die hard but I love the free time it gives me to spend with family whose bubble I’m in. As for the flowers, my daughter and her family are so thoughtful and kind, I know how fortunate I am to have them nearby.

      • Deleted User 2nd April 2021 at 4:21 pm

        I am the same, house in the winter, garden in the spring!

    • Deleted User 2nd April 2021 at 4:20 pm

      I tend to keep on top of it but often just for the sake of it have a go-mad cleaning spree. We do have a dog and three cats plus a very messy son so it never stays tidy for long.

      While off furloughed I have become a bit obsessive about cleaning. Today I have blasted behind the kitchen radiator with a cool hairdryer ( yuk) and have been on my hands and knees cleaning the kitchen tiles that are textured and the mop never seems to clean properly. I have a cleaning kit upstairs and make it a habit to wipe the shower screen door down with a microfibre cloth after a shower so I hardly ever have to clean it.

      • Carol.L 2nd April 2021 at 4:26 pm

        Yes Kitty, it’s when you leave things for too long that they really become a chore!

      • Sue47 2nd April 2021 at 11:08 pm

        Kitty1969 cleaning behind the radiators with a cool hairdryer sounds a good idea. I’d not thought of that. I’ll give the dressing room one a blast after I’ve dried my hair in the morning 🙂

    • Mojomouse 7th April 2021 at 8:58 pm

      Not sure what I can add to the discussion. I retired in January, prior to that whilst working I always cleaned two rooms after work so that my weekends were my own, My own take on a HIIT class – it was cheaper than paying for the gym and so much easier on the knees. However all that said since retirement, I’ve completely gone to pot. No routine or inclination anymore. I suppose its that realisation of how much time was wasted having a close and intimate relationship with Ms Duster, Mr Sheen and the vacuum. So will I bother with the spring clean this year – who knows, it’s anyone’s guess! I think with lockdown, I’m in the house constantly and I don’t see the dirt or clutter anymore. Either that or my specs really need cleaning……

      • Carol.L 7th April 2021 at 9:18 pm

        Well I’ve unintentionally had a real work out today doing a good Spring clean of our living room. We were having a new carpet fitted so had to move all the furniture out and it was the ideal opportunity to give everywhere a thorough bottoming! I feel absolutely shattered now! 😤😇

    • Mojomouse 7th April 2021 at 9:30 pm

      Carol, you’ll be feeling it in a couple of days – but that grin will last longer…..

    • Josie The Black Country Wench 8th April 2021 at 5:14 pm

      I love cleaning and every year I used to empty all the cupboards wipe inside and put everything back. Once a month I would move furniture and clean behind it all. Rugs and carpets would get shampooed and curtains taken down and washed. When the inside was all done I would start outside. Not this year though it will all be getting a miss. Dave does a great job of keeping on top of all the general cleaning jobs that I can’t do at this moment in time.
      The only thing that I will be doing is looking through my vast wardrobe and checking for any kind of insect visitation and then treating if necessary and replace all the moth proofers. Oh the joys of having vintage clothing but I would not have it any other way.
      I am surprised that I love cleaning so much after I started so young, my mom took me into the best room when I was six gave me a can of polish and two rags. She said see the shiny floor it is now your responsibility to keep it shiny. Not the whole floor just the surround. All my housekeeping skills I have from mom, she taught me well.

      • Carol.L 8th April 2021 at 6:08 pm

        I can’t say I LOVE cleaning but see it as a necessary evil I want to live in a nice house. A bit of dust doesn’t bother me though if I’ve got better things to do. One chore I hate more than any other is ironing so do as little as possible!

      • sandra1958 25th April 2021 at 2:11 pm

        My mam taught me well too….always carry a duster keep brush and shovel handy. I love cleaning. Only thing I do for spring cleaning pull chest / wardrobes out, every where else I clean as I see it…never have a certain day for things to clean, tried to learn daughter this but….no….once a week mother. Lol hate windows…..look worse after sun hits them.

    • Lovetohelp 8th April 2021 at 6:01 pm

      Wow you guys are amazing….I absolutely hate cleaning but needs must… haha. Since my health issue few years ago, find it harder, so have to pace myself. My adult son does help a lot. We do suddenly get to certain times of the year and start decluttering and spring cleaning. This Easter holidays, I didn’t need to work, so we were very productive. Just been looking for a window cleaner and someone to take stuff to the dump yard for me. Try to keep on top of things but not always easy.

    • Mojomouse 9th April 2021 at 9:34 am

      Oh no, Ive blitzed the kitchen! Aaarghhhhh
      But it does look sparkly and clean and yesterday the floor dried in no time. You can tell how bad things were, I had to clean the steamer before I plugged in and used (LOL 😂)
      So now I’m off to tackle the lounge. I’m not bothering with the windows – they are being replaced in a month. Does that make me a rebel?????
      Happy days all

    • Marica 9th April 2021 at 9:36 am

      Since you posted this Carol, and others have commented, I have started to notice the cobwebs on the ceiling corners. How many flippin’ siders are inhabiting my house I ask!! Time for the fluffy long duster……

    • Mojomouse 9th April 2021 at 2:16 pm

      Carol you have just got rid of the cobwebs and now new carpet – you’ll be plagued with carpet shedding fluff for weeks. New nesting material me thinks for our little house arachnids…..

    • Vicky1970 24th April 2021 at 8:52 pm

      OCD I’m afraid so it’s a big clean each month inc moving furniture dusting lamp shades and cleaning windows Then twice a year it every cupboard emptied and cleaned as well as top of cupboards.

      Love a clean house.

    • Carol.L 24th April 2021 at 9:08 pm

      Very commendable Vicky!

    • Shirlann 25th April 2021 at 2:39 pm

      Always have good intentions to but not got round to it yet 😏😁

    • Team Rest Less 22nd June 2021 at 11:51 am

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    • Springchick 10th December 2021 at 2:58 pm

      I do the insides and tops of cupboards, the doorframes and windows, as well as skirting boards. Mind you, I’m one of these wierdos who likes it! 👍

    • Jean 1962 14th January 2022 at 10:35 am

      Interesting that it is mainly women who have responded – where are all the men 😂

    • Robert K 14th January 2022 at 10:51 am

      My house is not untidy – I just have everything on display. A bit like a museum really.

    • AdrianEvansgw 7th April 2022 at 8:57 pm

      I very rarely do general cleaning. Most of the time, I vacuum my apartment once a month. It’s enough for me because I always take my shoes off when I come home. I also ask my guests to do the same. Many people have nicknamed me Japanese because of this habit, haha. Speaking of general cleaning, I can think of it as my attempts to dust all the rooms, wipe down furniture, and hang blankets out on the balcony in sunny weather. What else do you have in mind? And, when I wanted to move out of my apartment, I called the end of lease cleaners in Richmond. I figured I didn’t want to waste my time cleaning an apartment that didn’t already have my stuff and furniture. https://crowncleaners.org.uk/end-of-tenancy-cleaning/richmond

    • Sonny1234 8th April 2022 at 11:07 am

      I would have to ask my cleaner !! lol

    • Lecky 12th April 2022 at 2:21 pm

      I used to love spring cleaning, curtains washed paint work either washed or repainted, furniture pulled out and rearranged….lampshades cleaned, now it takes me weeks to do the things I used to do in days, my toilet and shower get cleaned every day hoover every 2 or 3 days…depends on the crumbs…

    • Sue47 13th April 2022 at 8:59 pm

      I don’t Spring clean, I give each room a thorough clean in rotation every Tuesday. Hall stairs landing and lounge together, my bedroom, then 2nd (guest) room and small (dressing) room together, bathroom, then 2 weeks to do the kitchen/dining room which is huge. The usual vac and dust when it needs it. Got it down to a fine art so it takes about 1 1/2 hours max and any spare time I have I usually spend on one of my favourite hobbies, baking. Messes up the kitchen but what the heck, the family is grateful when I take them cakes, pies, bread etc.

    • Rosemary 23rd April 2022 at 6:38 pm

      I’ve been rather incapacitated with eye problems for the last few months and as I’ve started to feel better, I’ve felt a big urge to do a bit of a spring clean. Ok, it’s not complete but it’s already made me feel more cheerful, more organised and more energetic, so it’s been very worth while. i watched a couple of episodes of Marie Kondo too and some other Netflix organising programmes and they helped to motivate me. I’ve now got a spring cleaning to do list and I’m going to knock the tasks off one at a time but not all at once.

      It has been a very therapeutic exercise this year and heightened the sense of beginning again.

    • Ang17 14th May 2022 at 1:31 pm

      I do the tops of the kitchen cupboards and pull the cooker out. Apart from that just what I normally do.

    • JustusMaldonado 5th July 2022 at 5:42 pm

      Routine cleaning is cleaning dust and old things, washing floors and windows. Once every six months, I wash the curtains and do plumbing maintenance to clean the drains. Sometimes I wash the radiators (we have them with crossbars inside, the dust gets in there). Once a year, usually before the holidays, I do general cleaning, but I call https://palmercleaners.com/home-cleaning-london/ They clean appliances, floors, ceilings, and windows on the second floor. I’m afraid to climb up there. And they clean the roof of the house, too, if I ask. It ends up taking one day. I would do it for a week. But the house is completely clean.

    • Joanna Joanna 29th July 2022 at 12:19 pm

      Overheard an office conversation during summer: ‘it were a nice weekend so I washed the Christmas tree’ As a comer-inner to Huddersfield that definitely earned a guffaw.