Granny Gets a Grip on Spring Cleaning: Expert Tips!
Getting to grips with spring cleaning the easy way, with recommendations and tips from our columnist experts Granny Gets a Grip.
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Spring is in the air! Love it or hate it, cleaning has to be done. It’s time to clean our homes from top to bottom, get rid of clutter and refresh our living spaces. Spring cleaning is especially important as we get older - but more challenging.
Why is spring cleaning especially important?
For some good reasons:
Any degree of decluttering and reorganising will create a safer living space - less trip hazards underfoot to catch the unwary.
The removal of dust, mould, and other potential allergens by cleaning and airing out the home means we can breathe easier - so it reduces the risk of respiratory problems.
And a cluttered and disorganised home can be stressful and overwhelming, leading to feelings of anxiety and depression. Refreshing your living space can result in a sense of accomplishment and renewed energy.
Tips for spring cleaning:
It can be daunting knowing where to begin. Everywhere you look, there is a pile clamouring for your attention. This is where Granny Gets a Grip comes in, with our suggestions for making spring cleaning more manageable, helped by our brilliant gadgets to help you get a grip on your cleaning more easily.
Start with a plan
Before beginning, plan what you intend to do. This can help you stay focused and avoid becoming overwhelmed. It should include a list of tasks, a timeline, and any necessary supplies.
It can be challenging to tackle spring cleaning on your own. Enlisting the help of family members, friends, or caregivers can make the process easier and more enjoyable.
Spring cleaning can be physically demanding. It is important to take breaks and pace yourself to avoid fatigue and injury. Listen to your body and stop if you feel any pain or discomfort.
Give yourself a helping ‘hand’...
There are lots of products that make the task easier and (possibly) even fun. We have some ideas below to hopefully get you going!
The old fashioned carpet sweeper has been re-designed so you can switch from sweeping carpets to hard floors in no time, leaving the dirt and debris no place to hide. It’s very light and easy to use. Excellent for those who find vacuum cleaners heavy and cumbersome and who might struggle to bend to use a dustpan and brush.
Foldable utility trolley No need to lug cleaning products around the house! This trolley gives you plenty of extra storage space and folds almost completely flat when you don’t need it.
Housemaid's kneeler When you have to get down on your knees for housework, it would surely be better if they were comfortably cushioned? We have designed these kneelers to hang near your cleaning products, readily available when there’s cleaning to be done. Save your knees and enjoy the task more as a result!
Linen cleaning bundle We’ve put together a traditional linen housekeeping bundle. Linen increases in strength when wet, it can take any amount of washing and thrives on regular use…
Chrome step stool with handrail A functional step stool with a handrail to provide balance. Chrome-plated with a black non-slip rubber surface to the step – it is very sturdy and yet light enough to move to wherever it is needed – great for reaching high cupboards.
Handi-grip pro reacher Pick up as much as you can hold – including bottles, tins and jars – or grip a duster to access those hard-to-reach places. Pull and twist the hand-like claw to reach where you want; the back of the sofa, behind the washing machine or off the floor.
The Oneleg The OneLeg is designed to rock and tilt as you sit, which makes it an ideal stool for use anywhere that you need to be working at low levels. Making it particularly useful for those who find bending down to clean difficult.
The Do-Dish With an easy one-handed function the Do-Dish squirts just the right amount of liquid through the small hole in the centre of the lid. A handy alternative to squeezy bottles – which can be fiddly for some. And helps minimise waste.
Oak roller towel holder & towel A clever and attractive way to keep your kitchen towels off the floor and easy to reach.