How to Declutter and Covid Clean Your Home in Oxford
With weekly changes to the pandemic response, it’s easy to feel a sense of confusion when trying to make plans for things like family get-togethers, amongst other things. The previous lockdown was challenging, which left many of us thinking about how we use our homes and whether a change is due.
One inexpensive way to make everything feel new is by decluttering and giving your house or flat a deep clean. As always, Isis Removals is on-hand to offer sound advice on how you can revamp your home to give it some TLC. Here are tips for decluttering and why it’s important to remove any germs to stay safe and promote a healthier household.
Declutter and Make Your Home Covid-Free –
While decluttering your home isn’t the most exhilarating task you can think of, it’s essential for organising your house. It’s all about the why and how when it comes to undertaking a deep clean. Focussing on the end result will help you turn a tedious, difficult chore into something positive. You know why you’re going to clean behind the fridge, and now it’s onto how you plan on doing it.
For anyone who’s thinking of redecorating or possibly something more ambitious, like renovating, you need to start with a spotless property. It’s no good giving each room a new coat of paint only to ruin the job with dirty skirting boards. So, before you start any work, ensure everything is clean to steer clear of any avoidable issues. You can do this yourself or hire a professional cleaning company to take on the tricky grime and dirt.
Another frequent scenario the Isis Removals team find is more people are working from home. Space always becomes an issue, and several of our customers discussed how to create an office in their house. But like our previous examples, it’s better to start with a clean room before you begin choosing which room to repurpose.
There is a service which is beneficial to each of these situations and many others. Self storage provides the ability to clean without interruption. By moving every piece of furniture and appliance out of your house, you’ll avoid having to transfer items from one room to another. Isis Removals has storage packages to suit most situations. We understand the benefits of having a tidy house or flat, and our range of services can help.
Our Two-Week Decluttering Schedule –
It’s true in most cases that we’re all guilty of keeping things long after they’re useful. While it’s always worth trying to repurpose and reuse wherever possible, you should avoid keeping broken electrical appliances in the garage. Decluttering is an essential part of organising and maintaining a tidy home, the best way to tackle the job is the set a manageable two-week timeframe.
Create a timeline – drafting a schedule can help drive progress. Giving yourself no more than two weeks to start and complete the decluttering job will save lots of wasted hours of procrastination. Dive into the task with no other thoughts than to reach your goal within seven days or less.
Download a home inventory app – a good home inventory app can save you lots of time when you need to locate an item. It splits everything per room with images of each piece, and there are plenty of free apps available.
Set realistic targets – have a plan for each room to help keep focus. Do you need to make any repairs in the garage? Are you repainting the living and dining room? Does the tiling in the kitchen need to be replaced? This will determine how much time you spend in each room.
Curb bad hoarding habits – be brave, be bold, and prepare to get rid. If you’re guilty of being a hoarder, then it’s a good idea to get someone to save you from yourself. Check that you’re doing your due diligence by decluttering every month to make sure you don’t regress into bad habits.
Don’t Lug Furniture Around, Use Self Storage Instead –
To return to a previous point from our introduction section, you’ll need to create as much space as possible to clean thoroughly. It’s easier to clean without moving objects around your home, and you’ll reduce your stress levels. It can be challenging to concentrate on cleaning if you’re continually swapping pieces of furniture and appliances from one room to another. Even more so when there’s an affordable solution available.
Self storage is the ideal service for anyone who’s doing a deep clean of their home. By moving everything out in one go, you can clean with impunity, making things easier and quicker. This also means you won’t have to worry about damaging your possessions with cleaning products. And many Isis Removals customers keep their storage unit after completing the job because it’s convenient.
Isis Removals has the most extensive storage facilities in Oxford, and we work with people from all over the county. We have excellent security measures in place to guarantee the safety and security for your belongings. With CCTV monitoring throughout our branch, nothing gets in or out without permission. You’ll have the peace of mind your belongings are in safe hands.
Selling Your Home? It Needs a Top-to-Bottom Clean –
If you’re considering moving, you’ll have lots of preparation and organising waiting for you. The plan for any homeowner is the spend a short amount of time on the housing market and sell quickly. And there’s nothing like a clean property to help move things forward towards a favourable time period. It instils confidence in a potential buyer when they walk into a spotless property.
Flip this situation around, and you’ll find there’s nothing like a mucky house or apartment to put viewers off your home. And it’s not just dirt and mucky carpets, things like chipped paintwork will give the appearance things aren’t tidy. Ultimately, this is the last thing you should do is make viewers second-guess. A tidy home will put their mind at ease straight away, making the estate agent’s job much more manageable.
In terms of approach this task, you have two choices when approaching a thorough cleaning job. You can save some money by donning some marigolds and doing it yourself. Another option is to leave it to the professionals and hire a cleaning company. Isis Removals has connections in every relevant business sector, and we can refer you to a reputable professional cleaning company.
How We Perform Safer Removals While Adhering to Pandemic Guidelines –
Like most companies at the moment, we understand the need for adjustment and being flexible with how we operate. The safety of our customers and staff is paramount to us, and we plan everything in detail with this focus. It requires us to amend how we handle inquiries and bookings, as well as when we’re on-site, but it’s a crucial part of combatting the Covid-19 virus.
Isis Removals undertook removals and storage throughout the lockdown, even during the stricter phase. To do this, a stringent Health Policy was implemented to remove any contaminants while improving things like PPE. We meet deadlines, and the increase in health and safety protocols won’t cause any delays.
Every member of the Isis Removals’ team will regularly wash or sanitise their hands, which includes before arrival and throughout the job. We provide them with PPE equipment and hand sanitiser. They will wipe down any surfaces or frequently touched objects with disinfectant wipes. We would also suggest booking a professional cleaning service which we can provide a referral for.
We’re also taking inquiries and bookings from online video platforms. Video quoting, via WhatsApp, Facetime, Skype or Zoom, is how we offer quotes. We can conduct in-person meetings where necessary, but we’re trying to limit them. These measures will help reduce any risks of infection without causing any issues with the services we offer. We will always be available to discuss your relocation by phone, email, or on one of the video platforms.
Tips on Cleaning to Kill Coronavirus & Other Germs –
The truth is Covid-19 is still an unpredictable disease. We’re learning new things about it on an almost weekly basis, which can be confusing and exhausting. However, it’s better to continue to be vigilant, even if we’re starting to get pandemic fatigue. Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) is a novel virus, which means we have to learn as we go. And you don’t always need to have any noticeable symptoms to spread it to other people.
Covid transmits via respiratory droplets, often within a distance of six feet between people. This is why social distancing is so effective, in addition to wearing masks. However, there’s evidence to suggest it remains viable for many hours on surfaces as well. That’s why you should clean dirty surfaces, then disinfect the areas afterwards.
You should regularly clean surfaces and objects in your home, especially ones where multiple people come into contact with. Think along the lines of doorknobs, countertops, keyboards, toys, mobile phones, and bank cards. Another tip with regards to clothing is to wash on a higher temperature, or you can iron clothes to reduce the risks of contaminants remaining in the fabric.
Isis Removals – Oxford’s Safe and Organised Removals and Storage Provider –
Isis Removals is Oxford’s number one for removals and storage, and we always take a positive approach to every job we book. That’s why a large group of loyal customers in Oxford, which extends to the neighbouring areas have. We often work with people leaving larger cities like London to move them into Oxford, while welcoming back previous customers for their next relocations.
For us, it’s all about assessment and planning. By getting this part right, we know that everything else will fall into place. It’s something we ensure our customers also consider as they prepare to relocate. Moving to a new house or apartment is a challenging task which can be chaotic if there’s a lack of organisation. Our customers can rely on us, and we’ll be available to discuss your move at any time.
If you’d like to discuss our removals and storage services in more detail, please contact us today. We have the right package to suit your requirements in Oxford.