Whether you’re a thorough spring cleaner or you just do the bare minimum, there are probably jobs you have to do that you’ll put off for as long as possible. You know they need doing, but the fact that they are really involved – or even a bit gross – means you’re going to do what you can to avoid making a start.
While some jobs only need to be done once or twice a year, you do actually need to get through them at some point. It’s far too easy to keep moving them to the bottom of your to-do list, but this will mean a lot more work and possibly more mess when you finally get around to it.
Rather than conveniently “forgetting” to do these jobs, why not work your way through our list and use our tips to make them a little bit easier?
So long as your oven is working and cooking food, that’s all that matters, right? If only this were actually the case. Unfortunately, a dirty oven poses a number of risks, so it’s a good idea to give it a thorough clean at least a few times a year.
Not only does a build-up of dirt and grease mean your oven is less efficient, it can also change how food tastes, leaving a bitter taste in your mouth. On top of this, burnt-on food and dirt will smoke when your oven is used, which is a fire hazard, so a clean oven means a safer house.
Cleaning your oven doesn’t need to be awful, though, as there are a couple of ingredients in your cupboard that will soon have it gleaming. Bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar are effective cleaning solutions, saving you having to use harsh chemicals.
Just make a paste out of bicarbonate of soda and water, put on a pair of gloves and spread the paste over the entire inside of the oven. Leave this on overnight for the best results, using a damp cloth to wipe away as much of the paste as possible the next day. Spray the oven down with white vinegar, which will make any bicarbonate residue foam, and then use a fresh clean cloth to wipe it down.
This may not be the worst job, but it is tedious and can be a bit grim if you haven’t done it in a while. Dirt, mould and dust can all build up, and while they don’t impact the rest of your house, they don’t look nice, especially if you keep everything else clean and tidy.
You might as well get this out of the way and then you don’t need to do it again until next spring. Start off my brushing away any dirt with a dustpan and brush and then just use warm water and washing up liquid to wipe down the frames.
After autumn and winter, your gutters are bound to need a good clean out, but it’s far from a nice job. Leaves, moss, dirt and all sorts can end up in them, which stops them draining properly and can mean they end up breaking.
Unfortunately, there isn’t really an easy way to clean out your gutters, so unless you have the right equipment, it might be a good idea to get someone to do it for you. If you feel comfortable giving it a try, make sure you have a stable ladder and someone to hold it for you.
Wear gloves and scoop out any large bits of rubbish carefully before using a stiff brush to remove dirt. You may also want to fit a gutter brush, which will stop leaves from blocking pipes but ensure water still flows through them.
We’ve all got that one area in our house that becomes a bit of a dumping ground. Whether it’s a chair in your bedroom, your airing cupboard or a spare drawer, this area ends up with everything thrown in or on when you don’t know what to do with them.
This means there is lots of stuff hanging around that needs to be sorted out, which can take hours. As easy as it is just to leave it and promise to get around to it at some point, we all know that won’t actually happen.
Give yourself an hour or so to get through it with minimal distractions and start off by sorting things into piles to be thrown away, donated or kept. Then you can go through the keep pile and find homes for each item. Then you just need to avoid starting the pile all over again.