The conversation in our office this morning was about spring-cleaning our homes. Some of us do, and some of us don’t but I started decluttering yesterday morning and have noticed a distinct decluttering of my mind too. I want to share my top tips –
- Decide where to start – in the room that needs the most work first or the which needs the least?
- Do one room at a time – thoroughly. This way, you’ll see an improvement within a few hours.
- Recognise that you may need to spend more than one day in one room if it’s particularly bad.
- Get all your tools ready for action – boxes or plastic bags, for charity and the rubbish bin. Dusters, polish, hoovers, water, soap, etc. Not used or worn something in over a year? Believe me, you probably won’t use it again. Don’t feel guilty about giving or throwing things away – I’ve thrown perfectly good, brand new shoes away that I’ve never worn – and that IS difficult!
- Create a summer/winter wardrobe if you prefer to save space – use storage hangers for clothes and shoes or storage boxes/baskets to put under the bed.
- Take out everything you’re no longer going to use, then start cleaning. In Show-Homes, we use the expression ‘SPARKLE CLEAN’ and a full spritz will reinvigorate your room.
- Clean the curtains, then start thorough dusting; move all large pieces of furniture and hoover under, behind and at the sides of these areas, followed by hoovering the rest of the room. Now is a good time to have your carpet cleaned by either hiring a carpet steam cleaner or a professional team. Clean windows inside and out
- Job done? Stand back and admire your tidy work. Feet up, cup of coffee and a well-earned rest. Decide when to move on to the next room, and before long, you’ll have spring cleaned the whole house. What a wonderful, spring feeling…