20 Sep Autumn cleaning tips
Clean your windows
Next, move on to cleaning your windows. Shannon advises making a DIY window cleaner by adding a cup of methylated spirits to half a bucket of water, transferring to a spray bottle, spraying on, wiping with a squeegee, then polishing with a paper towel. “Don’t use newspaper to clean windows,” she says. “Newspaper was a great cleaner when the ink was made of lamp black but these days, the ink has a latex base and will leave smear marks on the glass.”
Sort out your wardrobe
An autumn clean is a great time to sort through your wardrobe, getting rid of any maternity wear if your pregnancy days are over, along with any other clothes that remain staunchly unworn. “Decide which ones will stay, which ones go into the rag bag and which ones can be donated to charity,” says Shannon, adding that you should also empty out your wardrobe and vacuum inside. Do the same with your kids’ clothes, sorting through them to give to charity or pass on to friends with young children or babies. Alternatively, try selling them on Kidspot Market – that way you’ll be recycling and boosting your budget at the same time.
Re-jig your linen cupboard
An autumn clean is also time to sort through your linen cupboard, moving your most-used items to shelves at eye level and stacking the rest on higher shelves. “Find out what needs mending and set it aside,” says Shannon, adding that you should also vacuum the shelves, replace any shelf linings, and shake and refold all of the towels and sheets before replacing.
De-clutter your bathroom cabinet
As bathrooms are usually cleaned on a regular basis, there’s not much involved in an autumn clean, says Shannon – hurrah! The biggest job, she says, is sorting through your bathroom cabinet and auditing your cosmetics and bath and beauty products. It’s the perfect time to clear out any that are passed their use-by-date or simply unused.
Throw out old food and medicines
Get a handle on your kitchen during an autumn clean, by clearing out all of your cupboards and cleaning them, and then overhauling your fridge and pantry by binning any items that are old or inedible. Also sort through your medicine cupboard for any creams and tablets that are out of date, along with any old cleaning products. “Check your cleaning products and get rid of anything you don’t use,” says Shannon.
Attack your outdoor area
After a summer spent outdoors, whip your backyard into shape before winter hits. Clean any outdoor furniture, the clothesline, your drains and guttering and even – sharp intake of breath – tell your partner it’s time to clear out his shed. “When you’ve finished the autumn clean, reward yourself and your family – because cleaning should be a total household effort,” says Shannon. “Go out for dinner or throw a dinner party to show off your gleaming, newly cleaned house.”