As Chinese New Year approaches, everyone is preparing to clean up the house. House cleaning is always a hassle, but these cleaning tips will make Chinese New Year cleaning a piece of cake.
Tip No.1: Divide Your Room According to the Numbers on a Clock
The hardest part of house cleaning and organizing is choosing where to start. If you aren’t sure where to begin, you can choose to divide your room into sections to tackle your cleaning. Start by picturing your home as a big clock and separate the areas according to the numbers on the clock. Then you can start at the “12” position and move clockwise to each time you’re finished with one area. With this method, it’s much easier to keep yourself organised when cleaning a designated room.
This method was created by the creator of well-known design website Apartment Therapy, Mr. Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan.
Tip No.2: Categorise before Storage
It’s always key to stay calm and not rush when cleaning up your home. Before throwing things away or putting them in storage, prepare three big boxes and categorise them for donation, recycle, and trash. This way you can organise your items easier when you clean and lend a helping hand to the environment. Remember, you can’t keep telling yourself that you’re “going to use it one day” when you clean up items around the house. If you haven’t touched it in over half a year, then it’s got to go!
Tip No.3: Adopt the Use of Ziplock bags and Plastic Storage Containers
More often than not, we categorise our items when we clean our house but they still end up hidden in different corners of rooms. Don’t worry, plastic Ziplock bags and storage containers will help you avoid this. When organising your smaller items, be sure to place them into a plastic bag or storage container and add a label for future reference.
Tip No.4: Categorise by Usage Frequency
Everyone knows that hiding your stuff in a cluttered closet is the easiest way to make your home seem clean and tidy. However, you should never turn a blind eye to the items around your house that are not often used. You can sort all your belongings by the frequency of usage, such as placing common objects in places that you can easily access, and by storing forgotten treasures on higher shelves or under the bed.
Tip No.5: Use Mini Storage to Enhance Your Living Space
We all have those things we keep around the house that we’ve used only once or twice but refuse to get rid of. If you really can’t give away your precious – but rarely used – items, try storing them in mini storage units. This keeps your home nice and tidy without the pain of having to discard your precious belongings.