Using Professional Cleaning Services to Get Your Home Ready for Spring

With most of the Christmas Celebrations behind us, many people are already beginning the task of taking down the tree and getting the house back to some state of normality. Even if you leave your decorations up until Epiphany on January 6th (as I always do), you are probably beginning to get a little bit fed up of them now. But when those decorations do eventually come down, you often find that all that glitter and tinsel has been hiding an awful lot of dust and dirt that has accumulated over the festive period, and that is without taking into account the needles from the tree, the glitter that seems to be everywhere, the tiny bits of paper and sellotape you missed that have now disappeared under the sofa. Let’s be honest, there will never be a time when your home was more in need of a professional clean.

Why Try A Cleaning Service?

OK, so you can grab the hoover, or a mop and bucket, and also grab a duster as you go along, but you will never be able to get the end results that you can get by using a cleaning company like Anyclean London. There are just areas of your home that can really do with the professional touch. I’m thinking items like carpets. Carpets accumulate so much ground in dirt and debris, particularly if you have young children who are constantly dropping food on the floor. Even when they get a little bit older, they can still create problems. My son plays football and thinks nothing of walking up to his bedroom in his muddy football boots. Muddy boots and a cream carpet is an accident waiting to happen. Even with the best carpet cleaner, the stains often remain, so a professional clean could get your carpet looking like new in time for Spring. The same is true for sofas and other forms of upholstery.

Another thing worth pointing out is that if you have had a household of dreaded illness this Winter, particularly the dreaded Norovirus, then a really good deep clean could be a way of ensuring that the virus and its germs really have gone.

Have A Sort Out.

Whilst you are putting away the decorations for another year, this is the perfect time to have a bit of a sort before you start your Spring Clean. Clearing out the clutter can actually make your rooms look bigger and can help you to update your look. Remember that less is often more, so try not to cram too many things into too small a space. Instead choose a few stylish pieces that compliment your furniture to make your chosen look cohesive.

Take the unwanted items to a Charity shop. In January they are often inundated with donations of toys, but bric a bric can be in lesser supply, so good quality decorative and household items will be appreciated.

Look At Your Storage.

Often mess looks worse due to insufficient storage. You don’t have to throw away all your precious memories like photos and tickets, certificates etc, but you do need to put them away to ensure you are not living in the equivalent of a tip. Stylish storage solutions are a godsend if you border on being a hoarder (totally guilty!). Whether it be under the bed boxes or drawers, a stylish filing system for documents and bills, or vintage style trunks that will work well in the bedroom, there has to be a way to solve the issue of too much stuff!

Get The Kids Involved!

Cleaning, tidying and sorting your home is not the job of just one person, you really need to get the whole family involved. With your children probably being inundated with presents over the Christmas period there is no better time to get them to part with some of their older toys. If they are in good condition they could be donated to a Charity Shop, or a local playgroup or church group. Broken toys need to be taken to the local Council run tip where there is a chance that they could be recycled, or safely disposed of.

Your home may look a little bare after the beautiful glitter of Christmas has gone, but it can soon start to look like a gleaming palace again.



Kate Bush Christmas Special 1979

Christmas 1979 and Kate Bush was flying high. She was still just 20 years old and had reached the top of the charts the previous year with Wuthering Heights and the album it came from ‘The Kick Inside’. She was beautiful, graceful, with a unique voice and personal style, and fused dramatic arts and dance into her performances. And at the end of the decade, on December 28th, Kate starred in her own Christmas TV special on the BBC. This year it was repeated for the first time in years and has proven to be one of the best things in a TV schedule that has been dominated by Soap Operas (snooze!).

Kate performed some of her most famous songs including ‘The Man With The Child In His Eyes’, ‘Them Heavy People’ and ‘December Will Be Magic Again‘. She shows her versatility in the performance of them, from the eerie beauty of ‘The Man With The Child His Eyes’ performed with stunning intensity at a piano, to the drama of The Wedding List, complete with a killer bride, and accompanied by her brother Paddy.

The thing is, that, watching this, it is easy to forget that it is now 40 years old. Kate never had a bad decade style wise, so she looks impeccably stylish throughout, and her songs, which were always a million miles away from the mainstream that in 1979 included Racey, Darts, Boney M and Dr Hook, sound as other worldly, beautiful, and sometimes batshit crazy as they did then. And that is what makes this masterpiece of music television such a treat for Kate fans like me.

If you missed this on Monday night, then the good news is you can still find it on BBC iplayer for the next week or so, I would definitely recommend you download it and immerse yourself in some iconic performances (I have it to watch again in dull miserable January.)

Tips To Organise Your Wardrobe

It may seem like a far off dream to finally get to open your wardrobe cupboard and feel welcomed by the ultimate organisation rather than have to dig through untidy piles of creased clothing. However, with something of a plan and a little bit of ongoing effort, you will be able to finally reach the goal of organising your wardrobe and keeping it tidy. Before you start unpacking and refolding, you should consider the following top tips.

Out With The Old

There are definitely some items of clothing in your wardrobe that you probably won’t be wearing again. Rather than holding onto your outdated fashion items, you should pack them into a box and donate them to a charity. You will find that once you have gotten rid of all the items you haven’t worn for years, you will finally have enough space to keep your closet space organised. To establish which clothing items you should pack up and ship off, you should take a day to empty your wardrobe completely and sort your clothing into different categories; clothes you haven’t worn in years, clothing that is too small or too big, and clothing that you wear regularly. You should also create a category pile of clothing that you are somewhat uncertain of. 

Organise By Colour

The best method of creating an organisation for your wardrobe is to organise by colour, type, and occasion. This means your winter jackets should be hanging in such an order from formal to casual and in colour order. Next, your collection of dresses should be organised by the same principle. This will help you easily find items to coordinate when dressing for any event. When it comes to the packing area of your closet, it is best to organise your casual t shirts, you should organise according to colour and pack plain t shirts away from printed t shirts. Therefore, your favourite customized t shirt will never again be lost in a pile of plain shirts.

Pack According To The Season

A simple way to let your closet become unorganised and overcrowded in a short space of time is to leave all your clothing in your closet rather than packing away winter clothing during summer. You should pack your winter clothing items into boxes and store them above your closet or wherever you find appropriate and only keep summer clothing in your closet until the seasons change. This will allow you maximum closet space and space is a key element of an organisation system. However, you should always leave a few winter items out during summer and vice versa to ensure you are always prepared for unpredictable weather regardless of the season.

Extra Storage

If your closet is overflowing with clothing, you should consider installing additional storage space. Whether you install an extra hanging rail or opt for a chest of drawers to keep beside your wardrobe space, the more storage space you have available, the less likely your clothing will become messy and creased. There are tons of options available to add storage space to your wardrobe, from storage boxes to adding extra shelves.