Disclaimer: I was sent the VonHaus vacuum cleaners mentioned in this post free of charge, but words and pictures are mine.
I think it’s fair to say I’m not the world’s tidiest person. I don’t live in mess and squalor, but I’m definitely no Mrs Hinch as my cleaning schedule can attest.
I agreed to take on the VonHas Cleaning Challenge to see if I could up my game.
In return, they sent me a stick vacuum cleaner to help me on my quest to a tidier house. If you need some cleaning motivation, why not follow the VonHaus 14 day cleaning challenge!
Day 1: Bins and recycling: sort through all the bins in your house and get your recycling separated.
Day one happened to fall on a Monday, which is bin day for us.
Rather than emptying the bins before bin day, I’m afraid we’ve got ourselves into a bit of a deficit system whereby I wait for the wheely bins to be emptied, and then refill them. It’s going to take a well timed holiday to get on top of things…
Day 2: Wipe down your kitchen units and steam the cooker tops.
Now usually I’d be all over this. Just kidding, I HATE my kitchen (have I mentioned that??) and cleaning it it the ultimate chore as it never ever looks clean no matter how long you spend scrubbing and mopping.
However, just a few days prior to the start of the challenge, we got the nod that our new kitchen would be being built in the next 4-6 weeks, and so I hope you’ll forgive me for not actually caring about the state of the stupid cooker tops which are going into a skip in a month or so.
Day 3: Empty and clean out the fridge freezer – don’t forget the kitchen cupboards!
This is something that has to wait for a few weeks as it’s going to be a huge job; the fridge freezer has to move to make way or the new one, and the cupboards have to be cleaned out entirely before they’re demolished (I CAN’T WAIT). So again, I skipped this one.
Day 4: Vacuum Day: Focus on the floors, give all the rooms in your house a good vacuum.
With a dog and two kids I vacuum most days, with the robot hoover now doing a lot of the work for me.
The only place that doesn’t get a good vacuuming regularly is the stairs, because they’re quite thin and the vacuum cleaner we have is quite bulky. That’s where a cordless vacuum, like the Von Haus cordless vacuum, is useful!
With a rotating floor brush which can be attached directly to the vacuum or to a stick for upright cleaning, it also comes with a 2-in-1 crevice tool with a brush for upholstery and a nozzle for access to narrow spaces.
It’s good for cleaning the stairs, but the suction isn’t hugely powerful. It is fine for a day to day clean but I wouldn’t recommend for deep cleaning. It is currently on sale at £59.99.
Day 5: Vacuum Day: Move the furniture and hoover those hard to reach areas of your home.
This is where the 600w Von Haus stick vacuum has come in really handy.
It’s small and light, and can be used as a handheld or an upright vacuum cleaner.
As an upright it can nip right under furniture, as a handheld vacuum it is perfect for getting the crumbs and pet hair out of sofa crevices and it comes with both a brush and a crevice attachment. It can be emptied directly into the bin too!
With powerful suction it is really useful – and at just £22.99 it’s a bargain!
Day 6: Clean the windows – inside and out!
No one’s favourite job, but everything is a lot lighter once you’ve cleaned the windows (although I admit, I pay someone to do the outside!).
Day 7: Wash the curtains and wipe down the blinds.
I’m fairly certain only mad people wash curtains, and since we only have three pairs in the house and two of them are under 18 months old, it ain’t happening.
The blinds are less than a month old. I’m skipping this one and having a day off (there’s a theme here).
Day 8: Take everything off the sideboards, shelves and get dusting!
Ah, dusting. I can do that.
Day 9: Get your bedding, blankets and cushions washed – after all everyone loves fresh bedding!
This I can do, shame it’s not the right weather for line drying at the moment!
Day 10: Wardrobes: Clear out any old clothing, reorganise and wipe down your wardrobes.
My daughter is currently in age 6-7 clothing, so why is there still stuff for 3-4 in her wardrobe? Who knows…
Day 11: Remove wrinkles from clothing, curtains and upholstery.
I didn’t do this. I say embrace the wrinkles, it gives stuff character.
Day 12: Wash out your shower, shower screen and/or bath.
OK, now we’re talking. I love a bit of bleach and a good scrub of the bathroom.
Day 13: Let’s mop: antibacterial your floors and wipe down the tiles.
Well, the Zoflora had to come in handy one day.
Day 14: Finally take a trip to the tip: Declutter your home from unwanted clothes, items or food and take it to the tip, food bank or local charity shop.
Two weeks later, and we have a really tidy house!
Just kidding, we have kids. It still looks like a bomb hit it, but at least the floors are clean!
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