When you have guests coming to stay, the last thing you want is an untidy spare room filled with all your junk – and laden with dust.
Time to befriend a vacuum cleaner, a cloth and get cleaning.
A once-a-week clean of your spare room will go a long way in helping you to stay on top of the junk that can easily pile up in this space – and keep your home looking fresh and sparkly clean.
These eight hacks will help you declutter and machine clean your spare room in no time.
1. Use heat on bedding
To kill dust mites and their allergens, remove sheets from the mattress and wash in temperatures above 55°C.
2. Give sheets a good & proper dry
Drying your sheets at higher temperatures will help to kill off dust mites and most of the allergens they produce. The sun’s ultraviolet rays will help to kill bacteria, too.
3. Declutter the wardrobe
Give yourself a time limit of 30 minutes to pick and choose the clothes you actually wear in the wardrobe of your spare bedroom – more often than not, you’ll use that space as ‘extra storage’ – yet not actually wear half of the items.
Be ruthless. Have three options: Chuck, keep, consider. For those that you’ve labelled as ‘consider’, turn the hangers around the opposite way from those that you wear regularly. If in two months time you’ve not turned the hangers to wear the items, bin them.
Given the seasons have changed, assess all the clothing and blankets you’ll be using in the next few months – and those that you won’t. Grab storage boxes or some vacuum-sealed space bags and neatly store away summer throws, dresses, and so on – then place out of sight at the top of the wardrobe.
4. Organise the study space
If you live in an apartment and your spare room doubles as a study, there’s a good chance the drawers are filled with – you’ve got it – junk.
Tax papers for sure need to stay – but do the trillions of other notes and bills? If they’ve been paid, bin them.
5. Turn the mattress 180 degrees & freshen it up
Spinning a mattress from head to toe is recommended at least every six months – three months if it’s a new one. This will help with its longevity and ensure it continues to be a sturdy support for any guests you have staying.
To give it a good clean, vacuum and wipe over with a warm, damp cloth, then dry with a towel.
6. Give the blinds a solid clean
Vinegar is safe to use on most surfaces, including wood, plastic and metal, so no matter what kind of blinds you have a little white vinegar can work wonders.
Pour some white vinegar into a bowl and dilute with water if you wish. Use a glove and old cloth to dip in the vinegar and wipe over each slat. The dust should stick to the cloth and freshen up your blinds (finally!).
7. Clean rugs & carpet
Vacuum weekly when you can (because let’s be realistic, life happens) and for a quick fix to remove stale-smelling odour from carpets or rugs, sprinkle over carpet deodoriser and leave to dry then vacuum.
8. Go nuts on all the surfaces
Easier said than done. Set aside time to give the room a seriously good wipe using spray and wipe over all surfaces in the room, from the windowsills and lamps to side tables.