Living with Flatmates

Spring Cleaning Your Share House The Easy Way!

cleaning broomSummer might be just around the corner, but there’s plenty of time left to give your apartment or house its annual spring clean. While cleaning may not be the way you and your flatmates may want to spend a weekend, it’s a great chance to get rid of all your unwanted stuff and give your share house a fresh, ready-for-summer feel. Working together, your share house can be cleaned and tidied quickly with results that can last for months. To help you and your flatmates get started with your spring clean, we’ve put together these 5 steps:

1. Set a Date and Time

Deciding together as a group the best time to complete spring cleaning will help your share house choose a weekend that is suitable for each flatmate. It lets everyone check their diary or work schedule to make sure that they are available and there aren’t any clashes with existing commitments.  Once a decision is made, your share house may like to put a written reminder on the fridge or alternatively mark the date on a calendar that everyone can see.

2. Decide and Assign Tasks

An important part of making your spring clean a success is deciding which jobs need to be completed during the designated weekend. Once a jobs list has been written, it’s a good idea to assign each task to a flatmate. Ideally, each flatmate should be allowed to choose the chore that they would prefer to complete. This can help the weekend run more smoothly and spring cleaning can be completed efficiently. To find out more about assigning jobs, you may like to read our article about household chores.

3. Organise Cleaning Suppliescleaning bottles

Before your chosen weekend, your share house should ensure that it has enough cleaning supplies including sponges. Your share house doesn’t need to buy expensive detergents and cleaners as these can easily be made from common pantry items like vinegar and baking soda. Here some home cleaning recipes that you can make yourself:

Body+soul – Make your own home cleaners

Kidspot – Eco power: 7 ingredients to transform your cleaning bills

4. Create a Positive Vibe

Spring cleaning doesn’t need to be all work and no play. Creating a fun atmosphere can help unpleasant jobs seem not so bad and make the day go faster. Your share house can create a positive working environment by playing some music, sharing past experiences or catching up with each others’ lives while working.

5. Celebrate Crossing the Finishing Line

Taking time out to relax and unwind is just as important as completing the spring clean itself. It gives flatmates the chance to see what they have achieved and feel a sense of accomplishment. Your share house can celebrate by holding a BBQ, having a cake or sharing some nibblies. The choice is yours.

cleaning glovesWhile spring cleaning is hard work and time-consuming, it can help your share house get ready for the next year. It provides the opportunity to give your house or apartment a fresh feeling and a more positive vibe. Just remember, by working together, your share house can also reap the rewards of an annual spring clean.

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