Spring cleaning is not just great for your home but it is so good for your mind and mood too.
Spring is an exciting time, full of hope and positivity and makes it the perfect season to get our homes in order. Getting your home ready for spring will ensure you will be ready to enjoy the warmer weather when it comes, after all who wants to be inside organising and tidying when it is glorious outside!
But before you get started you probably have some re-organising to do and one advantage of this is you are more than likely going to find something you have misplaced or even some money that you are hidden away to keep safe!
Spring cleaning usually involves getting rid of old clothing, furnishings, and odds and ends. So set aside before you start for a good decluttering session. Don’t forget to recycle, use charity shops and woman’s shelters who will be so grateful of any clothing you are no longer wearing.
Organise a car boot sale or garage sale to make yourself some money too.
National Spring Cleaning week usually starts early march but continues on well into May due to our very unpredictable weather.
Many of us start to feel so much more motivated by the sunshine and mild temperatures.
Essential items to get ready for your big Spring Clean:
- Vacuum cleaner, give it a good clean before you start
- Steam cleaner, the power of steam will break down dirt with ease
- Flat headed mop with good microfibre pad
- Microfibre cloths
- Glass cleaning cloths
- Paper towels
- Heavy duty bin bags
- soft bristle brushes
- Large tubs for your organising
- Versatile cleaning products
- Carpet cleaner, if you don’t have one hire one
Follow a plan
Set aside some time in your diary for Spring Cleaning. Make sure you book nothing else in on these days or simply follow my 30 day spring cleaning challenge, this is so easy and is just one simple task a day. If you have been keeping on top of your housework this works really well.
Write down a list of what you want to achieve, plan room by room and stick to it. Have a walk around your home with a pen and paper and write down those tasks that need doing. Involve other household members even kids there are always tasks they can safely help with. Incentivise their work with a small reward.
I have created a Spring Cleaning Checklist which may give you some ideas, there is nothing better than ticking off a task as it is completed such a satisfying feeling.
Create a fun playlist
Turn of distractions such as your phone and TV and instead create a fun motivational playlist with your favourite music.
If you not expecting your door bell to go then don’t answer it, a simple distractions can set your back so just keep going.
Freshen up your rooms by removing unnecessary objects from tabletops and shelves, store them accordingly or you don’t need sell or donate to charity.
Replace them with a single arrangement of fresh flowers. Flowers really can bring a room together and create a sense of happiness. House hold declutter can be a problem for many people, it can so easily build up into a huge mountain but this time of year is a great time to get working through that mountain.
Go for it
Be prepared, have all your tools to hand such as cleaning products, a full charged vacuum, apron, and rubber gloves. If you are not sure what cleaning products to have download a copy of my cleaning caddy checklist.
Ensure you are wearing comfortable clothes and have a good breakfast, so you are full of energy.
Throw open the windows for fresh air and to keep you motivated, nothing like a cold blast of wind to get you moving to warm you up.
Load up your cleaning caddy and go for it.
Some tasks to include in your big spring clean
Clean over the front door, sweep away leaves and bash the mat
Take down curtains and wash them or steam them
Have a clean and sort under beds
Wash and polish internal doors and handles
Wash out your dustbins
Remove dead leaves from indoor plants
Wash window seals and touch up any chipped paint
Move and clean under furniture such as sofas and tables.
Don’t forget you can easily lift a room by simply transitioning. Replace your winter candles and diffussers with spring fragranced ones.
Switch up winter throws and cushion covers for more spring like ones, use brighter more positive colours. Simple changes like this are much cheaper than decorating and gives a room a huge lift.
If you feel that having a big spring clean is a bit overwhelming for you then start small. Start in one corner of your home and you will be amazed at how satisfying it is to look at the tidy space, which would be a great motivation to go on and tackle another corner.
Don’t forget my book THE EASY LIFE breaks your cleaning down into seasonal tasks making your cleaning and tidying so much easier.