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Spring cleaning can put a spring in your step. Just like new organic bedding, we know that it can give you a great sense of peace and well-being. There is something wonderful about having a fresh and clean home, including, crucially, a spick and span bedroom, complete with eco-friendly bedding to make sure you get the rest you need. But when spring cleaning, and when choosing new bedding to refresh your sleeping area, it is important to keep your own good health and the environment in mind by making sure you don't introduce toxins and pollutants into your home, or into the wider world. So to help you, here is our simple list of spring cleaning do’s and don'ts.
Things To Do When Spring Cleaning
Spring cleaning can sometimes feel overwhelming. It can be difficult to determine where to start. But to help you get your home clean and fresh, here are some simple tips:
- First things first – clear the clutter. Less is more. Gift, sell, donate, upcycle, reuse or recycle anything you no longer want or need. When clearing, try to think about what is really adding value to your life, and what is just weighing you down. If you have a tendency to hoard, consider boxing up belongings, and removing things from boxes only when required. This can help you see what you really need and want – and what is surplus to requirements.
- Identify areas for improvement. Utility items might be functional, but may not be ideal. We should think carefully about buying new items for our homes. But after decluttering, this is the perfect time to make changes that may be required. Old bedding, for example, might not be fit for purpose. If you are not sleeping well, new organic bedding could be just what you need.
- Once you have decluttered, and made sure that everything in your home is useful or beautiful – ideally both – it is time to start your deep clean. Take things one room at a time. Start in your bedroom. That way, at the end of a long and tiring day cleaning, you'll have a calm place to retreat to before you continue with the next stage of the job.
- In each room, start at the top and work your way down. Look at ceilings and light fixtures, windows and walls, surfaces and drawers. Don't forget those soft furnishings – curtains, blinds, cushions, bedding, throws etc.. Then vacuum and clean the floors. Cleaning will be a whole lot easier if you have decluttered and made sure your home has everything you really need and nothing you don't before you get started.
Things NOT To Do When Spring Cleaning
Take things methodically, and spring cleaning can feel cathartic and not so much of a chore. But don't make the mistakes below:
- Make sure you do not throw out items you can actually use. Old clothing and textiles like bedding, for example, can be upcycled and reused in a range of different ways. Even if nothing else can be done with old fabrics, they can be cut into squares and used as rags for cleaning. Remember to upcycle before buying new products/tools for cleaning your home.
- Do not bring in new items which introduce toxins into your home. ‘Conventional’ i.e. non-organic bedding, for example, can introduce things that you do not want in your home. Choosing organic sheets, organic duvet sets and organic pillowcases means you can enjoy the benefits of toxic chemical free bedding.
- Don't use harsh, chemical, synthetic cleaning products. An all-natural home will be much healthier for you, and reduce your negative impact on our planet. Instead of buying cleaning products in plastic bottles, find all-natural cleaning solutions. Often, a handful of simple ingredients is all you need to make sure your home is fresh and sparkling from top to bottom. Bicarbonate of soda, vinegar, Castile soap and essential oils are all you really need for cleaning in a healthy, natural, toxin-free home.
- Do not get overexcited and try to do everything all at once. Not everything has to be done in a day. Be methodical and work your way through your home one room at a time – starting with your bedroom. Remember, even when the rest of your home is still in a bit of a muddle, getting the bedroom sorted first means that you will always have a restful escape. And don't forget how important it is to get a good night's sleep.
These are just a few simple tips to help you spring clean your home, and make it a natural, healthy, eco-friendly and relaxing space to spend time in and sleep over the months to come.
Nisa Shah, co-founder Sleep Organic