5 Tips to Tackle Chinese New Year Spring Cleaning

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Chinese New Year is upon us and spring cleaning is in order. Tradition dictates that a home should be cleaned before the start of a new year to get rid of negative energy and usher in prosperity. If you’ve grown accustomed to living in organised chaos, now is the perfect opportunity to stage a domestic intervention. They say a home is a reflection of who you are, and nobody knows this better than the critical eye of a Chinese auntie. Time to shove those skeletons in the closet and sweep your problems under the carpet. Spring cleaning takes effort, willpower, and a substantial amount of inter-generational angst to spur us into action. With the right cleaning tools and appliances, we’ll show you how to get your house in tip-top shape in no time.

 1. Let your appliances do the work for you

Vacuuming has never been more efficient with advances in technology. Say goodbye to debris and carnage left behind by messy children and furry companions. The iRobot Roomba i7 uses Imprint™ Smart Mapping technology to navigate multiple floor plans and to keep out of specified areas. You can even control it wirelessly using the iRobot HOME App, or voice command via Google Home and Alexa enabled devices.

For cleaning up sticky spills and grease, try the iRobot Braava Jet® m6 Wi-Fi® Connected Robot Mop. Armed with a precision jet spray and navigation technology, this robot helper is automated to serve your needs. It even “learns” the layout of your home, allowing you to choose which rooms you want to clean on the mobile app. If only you could reprogram everyone in the household to help you.

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iRobot Roomba i7 | iRobot Braava Jet® m6 Wi-Fi® Connected Robot Mop

2. Deep clean all surfaces

Dirt and grime can build up over time. Achieve high cleaning performance with Karcher’s range of pressure washers and steam cleaners. Blast away dirt on windows, outdoor steps and balconies with the Cordless Pressure Washer (K2). Remember, the exterior of your home is as important as the interior to attract wealth and abundance. 

If the thought of relatives is stress-inducing, blow off steam with Karcher’s Steam Cleaner SC 2 Deluxe Premium Easyfix. We know you’ve spent the year willfully ignoring their matrimonial advice and the gunk on your tiles, hobs and exhaust hoods. This steam cleaner kills 99.9% of bacteria and can tackle hard-to-reach places, but not hard-to-please relatives.

By now, you’re about ready to throw in the towel…or should we say E-cloth. But wait, you still have the floors to do. Introducing the Leifheit L56793 Rotation Disc Mop. It spins, it stands on its own, and it has a head that swivels up to 180 degrees. It is the Broadway star of mops. Simply press to rotate the microfiber mop head and control the moisture content. The self-standing handle means that it won’t topple over and your back will thank you.  

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Karcher Cordless Pressure Washer (K2) | Karcher Steam Cleaner SC 2 Deluxe Premium Easyfix | E-Cloth General Purpose Cloths | E-Cloth Kitchen Cloth | Leifheit L56793 Rotation Disc Mop

3. Get rid of clutter

Your house is not a storage facility! If you haven’t used an item in the past 12 months, trash it or give it away. Clearing out clutter banishes stagnant energy and negative vibes that could be lurking in neglected corners of your home. If your bookshelves hold anything but books, it’s definitely time to declutter.

Eliminate junk and daily waste with the Ecofly Stainless Steel Soft Closing Step Bin. Two 20 liter inner compartments allow you to separate your recyclables from non-recyclables. The Bi-Force Damper System ensures that the lid closes quietly so your nerves don’t get rattled. To get rid of unpleasant odours, try Brabantia’s Perfume Your Bin, Starter Set. This nifty capsule sticks to the underside of your bin lid and deodorizes funky smells.

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Brabantia Perfume Your Bin, Starter Set | Ecofly Stainless Steel Soft Closing Step Bin

4. Get Organised

Now that you’ve decluttered, it’s time to get organized. Like It Midi Storage MS-30 is perfect for creating more storage room in narrow spaces. Use it to stash toiletries, cleaning supplies, or canned food. Straighten up your cutlery drawer with Joseph Joseph DrawerStore Cutlery, Utensil & Gadget Organiser. For the kitchen countertop, we like Asvel’s Forma C. Drawer with Hood (1220). Use the upper compartment to store condiments, and the lower compartment for dry ingredients like pasta, salt and sugar.

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Like It Midi Storage MS-30 | Joseph Joseph DrawerStore Cutlery, Utensil & Gadget Organiser, Sky Editions | Asvel Forma C. Drawer with Hood (1220)

5. Don’t forget to breathe

So you managed to survive the cleaning marathon. Sit back and take a breather with TruSens Air Purifier (Z2000). The DuPont HEPA filter captures pollutants, while the UV light destroys germs and bacteria that get trapped within the filter. Clean air is distributed more effectively with PureDirect technology using two airflow streams. We say, double the airflow, double the prosperity!

If you’re a design geek, you’ll appreciate the colour-coded illuminated ring and numerical display, which lets you gauge the air quality.

It even has an integrated handle for you to pick up and go…far away from prying relatives.

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TruSens Air Purifier (Z2000)

We hope these cleaning tips will breathe new life into your home after a very challenging Year of the Rat. Superstition aside, cleaning can be incredibly cathartic as you symbolically purge negativity and welcome positive energy into your heart and home. Here’s to a spotless Year of the Ox!