The Lunar New Year begins on February 16, and is the most important holiday in the Chinese calendar. In the days leading up to the new year, sweep away the bad luck and usher in good fortune with these handy tips that will help prepare your household for a most auspicious Year of the Dog.
Divide and conquer
Attempting to clean the entire house all at once can be daunting – and you might just end up giving up halfway. Start by dividing your rooms into quarters and tackling a new section only when you’ve finished the one you had initially set out to do. This will help you have a sense of accomplishment when finishing each section, and not get distracted by the other things that need to be done.
Leave the guilt behind
When decluttering, you’ll need to hold strong and let go of all sentimental feelings. Don’t feel guilty about discarding your kid’s art pieces – there will be more to come. Take photos of them if necessary. Sorting and organising your items by frequency of usage will also help put into perspective what should be kept and what can be discarded. Use clear storage bags or boxes to sort and organise, so you can see items in them quickly and easily. Once they have been sorted, you can tuck them away into canvas boxes or storage shelves.
Repair, restore and replace broken items
Once you’ve sorted out all your stuff, you can start repairing, restoring or replacing items that need to be fixed. This includes removing stains from your leather sofa and conditioning it with a leather care kit. Don’t forget to test all lights and lamps, too, and replace any bulbs that have fused.
Out with the old, in with the new!
Trash or giveaway any items that haven’t been used in the past year. One good way to organise your clothes is to hang the hangers from the inside, and everytime you wear something, hang it back the opposite way. At the end of the year, the clothes on hangers that are hung from the inside can be given away as you have not used them. You can also do the same for books by putting decorative bookends between the books you’ve read and the ones that you haven’t!
Create designated spaces
Having a designated space for each item will help keep your home tidy and clutter-free. This ensures that everything in your home has its purpose and will not end up being in a messy pile and left forgotten. Use multi-function storage ideas for keeping rooms neat and orderly.
Go top to bottom
It goes without saying that dust falls from the top to bottom, so start by cleaning your ceilings before the floor. If you have multiple levels in your home, going from top to bottom will also ensure that junk and dirt won’t be stuck in the higher levels as you will be removing them out as you go along each level and not dirtying a room that you’ve already cleaned! Don’t forget to diffuse a little scent to keep your home smelling fresh.