There’s something about this time of year that makes you want to stock up on all your cleaning products and give the house a good clean. Its not called Spring cleaning for nothing after all! I think its something to do with the way that the light shines in through the windows and shows up all the dust. Its like a spot-light highlighting all the dirt!
After the hibernation of Winter, as soon as the weather starts to get a bit warmer and the crocuses and daffodils start to up appear, its as though Mother Nature is giving us a wake up call to clear the decks and get ready for the year ahead.
I usually start the process with emptying the cupboard under the sink. Overflowing with cloths, cleaning products and feather dusters, seeing what you have already is a good place to start. Organising your cleaning products so that you can find exactly what you need when you need it, is a complete time saver. Try your pound shop for baskets or containers to keep your cleaning products in order. Its also a great time to throw away any cleaning cloths that are past their best and invest in some new ones.
The heart of the home and the room that gets the most traffic, the kitchen is the ideal place to start. Before you get down to the actual cleaning now is the perfect time to have a clear out. Throw away any products that are passed their sell by date, find the lid for the corresponding pan, sort out all the plastic containers that seem to get everywhere, then its on with the cleaning. Don’t you find that having an organised kitchen makes you feel as though you have your life together?
The Bathroom has to be next. Start by throwing away any medication that has expired, as well as old make-up. On every make-up product there’s information on how long it should be kept for. Look for the little tub symbol with a number inside it followed by an “m”. For example, 6m means you should only keep it for 6 months. So it really is time to part with that mascara that you only wear for special occasions!
If you don’t already use them, a pack of disinfectant wipes are a must have. They make light work of a shelf or a quick wipe around the sink.
A great tip is to keep the bathroom cleaning products in the bathroom. Having them to hand means no more running up and down the stairs with arms full of products. Keep them organised by storing them in a basket or container box. Wicker baskets work well too.
The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment.
When it comes to the living spaces its a great idea to take advantage of the opportunity and have a declutter. Keep a large bag handy for anything that you no longer need, but may be of use to someone else. Keep adding to the bag as you work around the house and at the end of your spring clean take it to the local charity shop.
Give yourself enough time for a thorough spring clean. It doesn’t have to be completed in a day either. Why not work on a room a week? Then the next time the sun shines through the window all it will do is highlight the shiny surface that you’ve created!