Tidy the hallway
Of all the rooms in your home, having a clear entryway, without a surfeit of schoolbags and discarded trainers, will have you looking at your home with fresh eyes.
Clear the clutter
Work room by room, scooping up out-of-place items and returning them to their home. This can also be a good time to consider whether there’s anything you want to part with – either on Gumtree or to the charity shop.
Clean the ceiling
It can make a space look amazingly bright and even eliminate the need for repainting. Sugar soap, available from the supermarket, is the choice of professional painters and works especially well on greasy surfaces.
Introduce a fresh scent
For a freshly scrubbed smell, experiment with essential oils – a drop of lemon, tea tree or peppermint oil in the mop water will have your home smelling newly minted. Fragrant soaps in the bathroom, a scented candle in the hallway – positioned away from draughts – can also add ambience.
Tackle the windows
It will make your home sparkle and can even help lift the light level indoors. Try our home-made cleaning solution for crystal clear results: one-quarter cup white vinegar, half-a-teaspoon detergent and 2 cups warm water.
Rethink your layout
Repositioning large items like your chairs, sofas, bed and dining table will give your rooms a whole new look. Take the opportunity to dust as you go.
Switch around your artwork
It's an easy task if you have pieces of a similar size. Wash any dust lines off painted walls with a sugar-soap solution, wipe clean glass-fronted pictures and enjoy a fresh perspective!
Clear up outdoors
Sweep away cobwebs, dust and leaves, tidy the front garden with some judicious weeding and mowing, and wash the front door, steps and any pathways.
Raid the garden
With blooms, for easy elegance stick to one colour per arrangement. If there’s a dearth of flowers, fresh foliage displayed in a pretty vase can also bring the outdoors in.