Although it’s a few months yet before the big spring clean, it’s never too early to start a thorough clean and de-clutter of the home, especially after the chaos of Christmas! Whether you’re hosting all the family or present wrapping has caused the dining table to disappear under mounds of paper, the post-Christmas clean-up will have many of us feeling overwhelmed. But with the right cleaning tools and storage solutions, heading into the new year with a spotless home may be easier than you think…
Cleaning can be (almost) pain-free with the right tools and luckily there’s an impressive range of handy household supplies out there for just about anything – including the toilet! Along with cleaning the oven and washing the dishes, tackling the toilet has to be up there for being one of our least favourite household chores, but these Forever Flush Toilet Blocks from Ecozone are an excellent hack. Encased in a fully recyclable exterior, each block is designed to gradually release a scented solution inside the bowl every time you flush, to clean, freshen and protect your toilet in one.
Tip: use a toilet brush to clean the toilet bowl before placing one Ecozone Forever Flush in place, paying close attention to the areas directly under the rim.
We reach for paper kitchen towels for all manner of things from cleaning up spills to polishing mirrors, but where do they go afterwards? Straight in the bin. If you’re looking for a more eco-friendly alternative, Ecoegg have come up with a fantastic solution; Reusable Bamboo Towels. Made from bamboo and viscose, these highly absorbent towels are designed to be used up to 85 times per sheet!
Tip: pop a used sheet in your washing machine at or below 40C, line dry upon removal and store until next time.
From spilt drinks and crumbs to Christmas tree sap and Santa’s sooty footprints, mess of all kinds ends up on the floor over the festive period. The Spray & Clean Flip to Dry Multi Surface Mop from It Works will help you to keep floors in tip-top condition though, featuring a trigger sprayer and washable double-sided pads so you can mop up mess in no time. It even comes with snap-on window squeegee and bristle brush attachments for cleaning windows, mirrors, tiles and more!
Tip: before mopping floors, give them a good sweep or vacuum to remove loose dirt and dust particles so you’re not just spreading it around when cleaning.
And with that tip in mind, we all know how essential a good vacuum cleaner is for small and big home cleans. Vacuuming is the easiest way to maintain carpets and floors, and will instantly refresh them post any Christmas or New Year’s partying. One model we’re a big fan of is Shark’s DuoClean Cordless Vacuum. It features a Flexology wand so you can reach high and low spaces with ease, plus five different cleaning tools and a unique motorised head with two brush-rolls, ideal for removing pet hairs and dust. It’s also super slim so can fit into the corner of just about any cleaning closet.
Tip: make the most of the attachments that come with your vacuum cleaner, as they’re great for tackling surfaces that are often difficult or delicate to clean, such as behind the fridge, car interiors and upholstery.
As well as cleaning, a good tidy up has many positives. By reducing clutter around the home it helps us to feel more relaxed, focused and can even boost creativity for some. Not to mention we’re less likely to lose track of where we’ve put things! The key to organising everything effectively is clever storage, and we have plenty of options to choose from to help you bring a little more calmness to your home.
Storage can, of course, be beautiful as well as practical and this Velvet Storage Ottoman from Alison Cork is an outstanding example. Covered in soft, plush velvet it exudes glamour and has ample storage for items like throws, bed linen or books.
Tip – use your ottoman as extra seating when guests are over or create your own little reading nook by placing it in a corner with a cushion and blanket ready for relaxing on.
Another product we’ve all got our eye on here in the office is this amazing Floor Standing Jewellery Cabinet! With a full-length mirror on the outside and a vanity mirror with lights on the inside, it’s the perfect getting-ready companion. The storage inside gives you a fantastic space for displaying and keeping jewellery organised, as well as the flexibility to store make-up, skincare, nail varnish and anything else you can think of too.
Tip – arrange your jewellery by colour, style or brand so you can put together looks when you’re in a rush with ease.
Trunks are always a great shout when it comes to storage as they’re so versatile and they look charming wherever you put them. These Velvet Touch Trunks from BundleBerry by Amanda Holden are no exception. You get a Small, Medium and Large in this set of three so you can stack them for an eye-catching display or place them throughout your home for a co-ordinated feel.
Tip – if you have young children, Christmas is likely to bring an influx of new toys into your home from Santa, but never fear… these trunks are ideal for tucking away toys when they’re done playing with them!
Baskets remain an extremely trendy storage solution, complementing most home decor styles and working wonderfully in any room. With gorgeous pom pom details and a stylish striped design, we love the playful spin Edited by Erica Davies has put on these Straw Baskets.
Tip – keep order in your bathroom whilst still leaving items visible and to-hand for guests, by storing essentials like toilet paper and towels in these baskets.
Hopefully these tips and top picks help you to start the new year clutter, mess and stress-free! For more cleaning essentials and storage solutions, don’t forget to take a look at our Cleaning and Storage ranges.