It was Chilean poet Pablo Neruda who first said, "you can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming". If you're not yet in the spirit of the season, why not revamp your home with a thorough clean? Every sparkling surface is another fresh start.
Spring cleaning may seem like a mammoth task, but you’ll see results sooner if you stay focused and move methodically through the house. Once you’ve finished one room, the results will inspire you to continue through the house.
Choose fresh textiles
Freshen up the look and feel of each room in your home by swapping out soft furnishings in dark, wintery hues. Replace with cushions, curtains, tablecloths and bed linen in spring-appropriate prints and colour schemes. Build a collection of seasonally appropriate fabrics and change them with each new season. Now is the time to send winter linens for dry-cleaning, along with pillows and duvets. That way, they’ll be ready when the cold weather returns.
Streamline storage space
Remove all literature and ornaments from bookshelves or display cabinets and decide what belongs where. Be firm with yourself: Which pieces do you want to keep and which could you put into storage or donate to charity? Place everything you're keeping back in a sensible order, whether by size, look or alphabet. Follow the same process for your wardrobe to keep your clothing collection from becoming unmanageable.
Polish and sparkle
Make sure whoever is cleaning your property knows how to treat precious materials. Stainless steel surfaces should be sprayed with a wax-based aerosol and polished with a soft cloth. Silverware, on the other hand, requires specialist foam applied gently with a brush and should be stored in anti-tarnish cloth bags.
Go green with household items
There are plenty of natural alternatives to harsh industrial cleaners. If you're concerned about the chemical content of household products, take a look in your pantry. Tarnished copper pots can be given a new lease of life with a dab of ketchup while faded porcelain and crystal will look good as new when wiped down with vodka. Distilled white vinegar has a multitude of uses, from cleaning windows to removing water rings on wooden furniture. Like vinegar, leftover lemon peels are another wonderful all-rounder. They can be used to remove hard-water stains and soap scum, sanitise chopping boards and deodorise dishwashers and microwaves.
In the spirit of new beginnings, spring is the ideal time to take stock of your property. Whether you’re looking to relocate or simply add another home to your portfolio, Engel & Völkers can help. We are represented in 700 locations across 36 countries, with experts on hand to guide you through our extensive collection of luxury properties. Visit our website to find out more.