The season’s are a changing, the night’s are getting lighter and there is most definitely a spring in our step.
Whether you live in a new house or an old mansion, family life often means that junk tends to grow finding new hiding places in the home.
Spring is a perfect time to declutter - to start the descent into the summer season shedding off the winter clutter and saying hellooooo to a spotless spring.
Here’s a few of our favourite tips to wage the war against clutter.
1.Designate a spot for incoming papers.
Paper, paper everywhere. Junk mail, bills and catalogues often account for a lot of our clutter. All too often we pop different bits in different places convinced we will come back and sort it at some point. Change your habits - designate an inbox tray or spot in your home and make sure all paperwork goes in it. Receipts, warranties, manuals, notices, flyers? In the inbox! This one little change can really transform your paperwork. And then at least once a month, it’s time to dive in the inbox.
2.Start clearing a starting zone.
One spring step at a time. The thought of tackling the entire house is too much – it’s so much easier to simply clear one area. This is your no-clutter zone. It could be the kitchen counter, or the dining table, or even the entire living room. Wherever you start, make a rule: nothing can be placed there that’s not actually in use. Everything must be put away – and train the children to keep to the rule. Once you have that clutter-free zone, keep it that way!
3.Pull everything out of a drawer.
Take that bottom drawer out of the kitchen unit and empty it on a table. Then sort the drawer into three piles: 1) stuff that really should go in the drawer; 2) stuff that belongs elsewhere; 3) stuff to get rid of. Clean the drawer out, then put the stuff in the first pile back neatly and orderly. Deal with the other piles immediately! We bet most of the stuff will go in the bin – we’ve tried it!
4.Make your vases blooming lovely
It’s pretty much guaranteed that vases have become discoloured with grime and greenery over the winter months.
We love this top tip to give your vases a new lease of life. Pour some frozen peas into the bottom of the vase, fill with cold water and swirl. The effect is like a jumbo dermabrasion and will gently get rid of a year's build-up of grime. And then go and buy yourself a bunch of spring flowers as a reward
And finally – to really embrace the spring clean…
5.Schedule a decluttering weekend.
Clear the diary, get the kids involved and have a decluttering weekend. The more hands pitching in, the better. Get boxes and trash bags ready, and plan a trip to a charity to drop off donated items. Old clothes, shoes, suitcases and paperwork. A weekend dedicated to achieving a spotless spring will transform the house.
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