Quick action:

  1. Organise your space and get rid of clutter.
  2. Wipe away dust with a damp cloth.
  3. If you spill coffee or red wine on fabric, blot it up immediately.

Here is our list of top tasks to focus on so your home is a warm space that invites you to relax after a busy day.

Kitchens

  • Try and clean as you go when cooking to avoid an overwhelming mess at the end.
  • Clean up spills straight away.
  • Organise cabinets and drawers so there are fewer objects on counters making them easier to clear and wipe down.
  • Thoroughly cleaning the fridge is recommended every 3 to 6 months. To do this, remove the contents and wipe out with soapy water, working from top to bottom.  For tips on how to clean your fridge, see this.

General

  • Reduce clutter: Getting rid of packaging, gadgets, old clothes and anything that is no longer needed will make rooms look tidier and make it easier to keep them that way.
  • For thick dust: wipe with a damp microfibre cloth that traps grime and allows you to get rid of it, rather than spreading it around.
  • Storage: Storage can be limited in flats and cottages. Hooks are a great way for efficiently dealing with coats, bathrobes and shopping bags.
  • Rubbish: Make sure there are always bin liners and recycling bags available so there is no need for rubbish to accumulate. Putting it outside promptly will prevent odours.
  • Ironing: An effective hack is putting wrinkled clothes in the tumble dryer on a high heat with a handful of ice cubes for 15 minutes, so the melting ice can steam away creases. For more advice on how to reduce ironing, see this.
  • Stains: These vary a lot, but in general, a good approach with spills is to blot up any liquid with a clean cloth or paper towel immediately. See this for a guide to removing wine stains from carpet.
  • Floors: Make cleaning floors easier by buying a powerful, cordless vacuum cleaner that is simple to use and empty.

Bathrooms

  • Homemade detergent: Make a solution of equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Apply this to sinks, grouting, spotty shower doors and any surfaces that need freshening, and wipe with a cloth or paper towel.
  • Mats: Shake out bath mats in the shower, so you can rinse away any fluff.
  • Floors: To give tiled floors a lift with minimal effort, spray the vinegar solution on paper towels and wipe the corners of the room, and anywhere where dust or hair gathers.
  • Shower curtains: Spritz the ends of shower curtains with an all-purpose cleaner weekly to reduce a build-up of limescale or mildew.