8 Spring Cleaning Tips to Prepare Your Home for Chinese New Year (CNY) in 2024

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8 Spring Cleaning Tips to Prepare Your Home for Chinese New Year (CNY) in 2024

Maelyn Lagman

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Spring cleaning, again? Yes, it’s that time of the year. You may have done some spring cleaning recently as the year-end holidays prompted, but it’s been a while. According to traditional beliefs, cleaning your home for Chinese New Year is like “sweeping away bad luck to bring in good fortune into your life”.

So forget escaping the chores, embrace them instead as it will benefit you eventually. It definitely beats having to pay for cleaners to do it for you, no matter how hard of a job it is.

8 spring cleaning tips to usher in the Year of the Dragon

1. Reuse existing Chinese New Year décor

Asian kids making DIY decor for Chinese New Year

Enhance the auspicious energy in your home by rejuvenating your Chinese New Year decorations. But instead of buying new decor, reuse what you already have at home. Embrace sustainability by cleaning your old decor to give it a fresh and vibrant appearance. This eco-friendly approach not only contributes to a healthier planet but is also a good way to practice mindful consumption.

2. Declutter your home with purpose

Channel the traditional practice of removing old and unnecessary items from your home. Focus on decluttering key areas like the living room, kitchen, and bedrooms. Donate or discard items that no longer serve a purpose to create a harmonious and clutter-free environment, which helps elevate the appearance of your home when having guests and family over.

Do you know that the way you dress can influence your mood? It may be a no-brainer but you should always be in your most comfortable state when you start cleaning. Be sure to wear clothes which you don’t mind getting soiled.

3. Finish pending home repairs

Nothing feels better than finally getting that leaky pipe fixed! If you’re procrastinating on things (i.e. a faulty door lock or a broken cabinet hinge), now’s the best time to get it repaired once and for all. Your home may get messy when such works are ongoing (such as drilling and the tiny fragments that come with it). Let us help you!

4. Pay attention to the details

Give extra attention to small details that often go unnoticed. Cleanse and polish doorknobs, handles, and light fixtures to invite prosperity and good fortune into every corner of your home.

5. Give some love to your kitchen

Kitchen of a typical HDB flat in Singapore

The heart of the home deserves some tender love and care. Thoroughly clean and organize your kitchen, disposing of expired goods and organizing your pantry. A well-maintained kitchen is believed to attract wealth and abundance in the coming year.

6. Master the art of feng shui

Money plant for good feng shui

Embrace the principles of Feng Shui to optimize the flow of positive energy. Rearrange furniture, eliminate obstacles, and incorporate elements that enhance the balance and harmony within your living spaces.

7. Upcycle your old ang baos

Capitalize on the festive red envelopes you receive every Chinese New Year by upcycling them into vibrant and decorative elements for your home. Transform the red envelopes into origami flowers, lanterns, or intricate wall hangings. This not only adds a personalized touch to your spring cleaning but also honors the tradition of red envelopes while minimizing waste.

8. Curate a special Year of the Dragon playlist

Ambiance is everything, and music helps bring a festive environment to life. Curate a special playlist of traditional Chinese music or calming instrumental tunes to accompany your cleaning efforts, and when hosting your annual Chinese New Year gathering.

We know that prepping for festive occasions can be overwhelming, but with a clear mindset, good vibes, and a well-planned schedule – we believe you are ready to take on and conquer this spring cleaning quest.

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