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Simple spring cleaning checklist

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Once again, the time has come to do the annual spring clean, which is the perfect opportunity to transform your home into a fresh, relaxing paradise. We know how much planning can go into a deep clean, and we’ve created a checklist to help you spruce up every room in your home this spring. Essential products Before we get into it the spring clean checklist, here’s a quick overview of must-have products you’ll need to carry out a successful clean: – Extendable duster– A powerful vacuum cleaner– Microfibre cloths– Multi-surface cleaner– Bin bags– Disinfecting spray– Scented room spray, candle, or incense – Scrubbing sponges – Bicarbonate of soda – Polish – Vinegar Kitchen First things first, start your spring clean in the kitchen and inspect your pantry and cupboards. Are there any products that have expired? Notice any empty jars? If so, clear out the clutter and recycle any old packaging. This will organise your pantry and provide you with plenty more room for new items. A helpful tip when you’re clearing out is to place any half-opened packets, like muesli, in plastic square containers. This will allow you to easily stack your essentials and keep your food fresh too. Next, focus on cleaning any other kitchen cabinets, like those above the worktop or cooker. If you have time, remove all the items inside the cabinet first, give them a good clean, and then neatly reorganise. Once you’ve done that, it’s time to shift your attention to the oven. Often the most difficult appliance to clean, a quick hack is to use bicarbonate of soda and water directly onto the glass, leave on for 15-20 minutes and then simply wipe off the stain. Another appliance that needs some TLC is the fridge. Deep clean the inside of the fridge and wash the outside too with multi-surface cleaner. It’s also important to mop and vacuum behind it as well. Living Room Moving into the living room, grab the duster and begin cleaning any frames, mirrors, and decorative items. A great way to do this is by using polish and a microfibre cloth. What’s more, if your living room includes any cushion covers throws, be sure to put them in the washing machine for a good spring clean. For any homeowners who have carpet in their living room, use carpet cleaner to freshen up your carpet, and remove any stains you notice. When you’re happy with the results, vacuum the rest of your carpet for spotless results. Bedroom Cleaning your bedroom is crucial and can even have a positive impact on your sleep. So, remove all of the covers from your bedding (including pillowcases) and place them in the washing machine to be cleaned, that way you can enjoy the fresh scent of clean bed sheets – which is great for a good night’s rest. Afterwards, try and flip your mattress to ensure your comfort fillings are distributed evenly. It’s worth noting that if your mattress is king-sized or larger, you may need someone to give you a helping hand as they can be rather heavy. Once this is complete, examine anything underneath your bed and remove anything you don’t use or require anymore – this will leave you with more space, and no more untidiness. Bathroom Despite it being an unpopular chore, cleaning the bathroom regularly is vital in preventing any illness and infections. Start by disinfecting the bathtub and shower, do you notice any mould? Don’t worry, this is common due to humidity, and can easily be removed with vinegar mixed with baking soda. The best way to clean mirrors in your bathroom is to use lemon juice with dish detergent and vinegar. Quickly give your mirrors a wipe down and they’ll look as good as new, without any streaks. After that, get hold of any bathmats or carpets that you have in your bathroom, and place them in the washing machine for a clean. Mould can also be found on shower curtains, and can in fact be cleaned using the washing machine too. If, during your spring clean, you find yourself thinking that some self storage might be useful for the short term, get in touch. We like to keep things simple, safe, and secure. Which is why our storage spaces come with 24-hour CCTV surveillance, as well as a secure pin access system, to ensure your valuables are safely stored away. If you’re unsure what size storage is right for you, why not use our brilliant storage calculator? This helpful tool will calculate exactly what size storage you need – hassle-free. Find our quality storage units across London, Birmingham, and the Midlands, today.

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Expert guide to clearing out your garage

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As we go through life accumulating belongings, spaces such as the garage quickly become a dumping ground for unwanted items. Whether it’s sports equipment, unused furniture or gardening tools, the garage is home to clutter that you often don’t need anymore. To make the most of your garage space, we’ve put together our top tips for clearing out the garage junk (and keeping it clear), to create a room free for use beyond storage. Work top to bottom When clearing through your garage, start with the items that are stored up high and work down to the ground. It is most likely that you will be storing the things you need or use the least in the less accessible spaces like on high shelves. It will be easier to decide whether to throw or keep these items, leaving the more challenging choices until last. Do you need it While it may seem obvious, ask yourself if you really need or use items when deciding what to keep and throw out. The garage often becomes a place to leave items that serve no purpose anymore, so make a rule to throw out anything that hasn’t been used in the past 6-12 months. Sell what you can Once you have decided what to keep and get rid of, see if any of those items can be sold to make a bit of extra cash. Hold a garage sale, or use re-sale sites such as Ebay, Depop and Vinted to get rid of unwanted items that are in too good of a condition to throw out. If you can’t seem to shift an item by selling it, donate it to charity. Plan a layout When everything is all cleared out, you need to organise the garage so that it stays tidy and useable. Plan the layout of the room so that everything that does need to be stored in there, has a dedicated location rather than getting dumped around the room. If you want to use the room for purposes other than storage, get decorating so that it feels less like a garage. A fresh lick of paint and new flooring will help soften the room, giving it a colour scheme to start decorating with. Store items up high To make the most of the space, if possible, store items on high shelves so that the floor space can still be used for other purposes. Use higher spaces for the belongings that are used the least and work down. This opens the garage space to be used as a home gym, office or to be rented out. If you find yourself struggling for space at home, we have a range of home storage options available.

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Expert tips for clearing out sentimental clutter

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In the process of moving homes, living with new people and the general chaos of life, we often lose track of belongings and become swamped in clutter. Seventy per cent of Brits have admitted to keeping hold of belongings they no longer need. Some of the top items Brits hold onto include family photos, books and clothes. Explaining why we keep items, resilience coach and author, Natalie Reed, comments: “The attachment can be as a result of habit- doing what you’ve always done and not questioning whether or not this serves you financially, emotionally or energetically. “You may even be unaware that you are doing it in the same way that you become used to a dog smell around the house or become familiar with your untidiness.” However, the clear-out is usually more challenging than anticipated, especially when those belongings have sentimental values behind them. To help organise your clutter, we’ve put together our top tips for taking the stress out of the clear out. Divide into three main piles Before you start clearing anything out, place three boxes or bin bags (whatever takes your fancy) labelled ‘keep’, ‘throw’ and ‘donate’ in a central location. These three dividers will be key to making your de-cluttering process as easy as possible. Having a donate pile, for a lot of people, will make the idea of throwing an item out less daunting, as it will be going to a good home instead of the rubbish bin. It’s great for items such as clothes or homeware which aren’t past their best but no longer serve a purpose in your home. Not only will it make a new owner happy, but it’s more environmentally friendly. Does it have a home or a purpose? When deciding if you should keep an item or not, ask yourself two key questions. Does it have a purpose? It seems self-explanatory, but a lot of the time we keep items that we’re just not using anymore. If you get a lot of use out of it, keep it. If you haven’t used it in the past six months and it’s going to sit collecting dust, get rid. Does it have a home? Especially when looking at more decorative belongings, unless you have somewhere permanent to keep it, it’s probably one for the recycling. There’s nothing worse than constantly tripping up over household items. Read says: “Ask yourself, how does holding onto this object serve you? What does letting go of it bring up for you? What benefits would you have from reducing your clutter? If you made a decision, what would that be helping you to overcome? This will help you to be clearer about what you want from your life and take steps to move towards it.” Leave the sentimental items until last Start with the items that you know what to do with, or that you’re less attached to. Items such as clothes, old technology or kids’ toys are going to be easier to part with because it’s about how much use you get out of them. When it comes to photos, books and jewellery it gets a bit trickier. These belongings tend to have more sentimental value behind them. Leave them until last so you can see how much you’ve already got rid of and compare it to how much space is left. Typically, this part will take longer as well, so it will feel less overwhelming being the only job left. Create an organised storage system Now you’ve got a pile of things to keep, it all needs putting away. To make the most of the space you have and ensure you don’t begin to gather clutter all over again, keep everything well organised. Labelled boxes are always a foolproof method of storage, dividing them into item categories such as ‘children’, ‘holiday’ or ‘technology’. Then they can be stored under beds, in wardrobes, attics or garages, depending on how easily they need to be accessed. For photos, keep them neatly stored in labelled photo albums so they are easy to find and reminisce upon. If you find yourself struggling for space at home, we have a range of home storage options available.

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