Nothing feels better than a good declutter followed by a clean of all those bits that get skimmed over on your regular cleaning day. If the whole house feels like an insurmountable task tackle it one room at a time. Start with the declutter! Anything that is seasonal (think throws, winter clothes and electric blankets) can be stored for next winter and anything that you haven’t used in the last 6 months can be disposed of. Get serious and make a pile of things to throw or give away and then box up anything you know you will use in the future. Make sure to label everything – (room plus brief description) on the outside of the box and whether the contents are fragile. Move these to a spare room or cupboard.
If you haven’t got room in your home then a small storage unit can be the answer. Use it like a spare room, a men’s shed or just somewhere to store anything you can’t bear to part with. This time of year storage units are also a perfect place to keep christmas presents especially when bikes or a new play-gyms are on Santa’s list. You may even be able to get larger items delivered straight to storage (make sure you check with your Storage Facility first).
Once you have decluttered it’s time to get busy. For a spring clean that will bust your house out of the winter doldrums – start with a plan. Decide on which rooms first and then make a checklist that includes every item that needs to be done. For instance with your kitchen, messy jobs like dusting down and cleaning the window frames plus the oven should be scheduled first. Remember to include all the once a year jobs like cleaning (or replacing) filters and washing curtains or blinds.
Don’t forget to include family members in the plan. Either put them to work (and yes you may have to bribe them with extra pocket money) or alternatively arrange for them to be out of the house for the weekend! However you choose to do it a Spring Clean is a fantastic way to embrace the warmer season and kick your home (and yourself) out of the winter blues.