It seems to have taken forever to arrive, but Spring has finally sprung! So what better excuse for a declutter, than having a traditional Spring Clean over the Easter break? Whether you are planning to move or your home is just in need of a clear out, here are some top tips for a successful Spring Clean.
- Be realistic!
Unless you have two full, uninterrupted weeks to organise your whole home (and who wants to spend all of their time off doing that?!) don’t bite off more than you can chew! Pick the most important areas, or ones that will make the most impact on your life, and start there.
Good places to start are ‘junk’ spaces like lofts, sheds, garages and hall cupboards. Kitchen cupboards and kids wardrobes can also be crying for a clear out, so they also make great areas to focus on.
- Get some boxes
Start off by setting out a few boxes, or bags, earmarked for different things in the room you are clearing out. One box for the bin, one for recycling, one for donating and one for things that should really live somewhere else! If there is likely to be a lot of paperwork unearthed from wherever you are clearing out, another box to put it all in can be helpful. That means you can sort it out at your leisure later rather than getting lost in filing as you go!
- Be strict
It is easy to become emotional when it comes to clearing out, and holding onto things that mean a lot is one of the benefits of having your own home! You can keep what you like, and no one should tell you otherwise. But if you are serious about decluttering, do try and be strict with yourself. If something has been lying broken for years while you’ve been meaning to fix it…maybe it’s time to pass it on! Or if you have 8 boxes full of precious finger-paintings by your little ones…perhaps you could cut it down to 5 boxes and save yourself some room.
If you have trouble being impartial, ask a mediator to help – a parent or friend who is more ruthless than you can be a great help if you’re a bit of a hoarder!
- Clean it out
Once the clutter is gone, get your marigolds on and scrub the area clean – don’t let your hard work go to waste by putting your lovely, organised things into a dirty room or cupboard!
- Put it back together
Once the clutter is gone, and everything is clean, it’s time to put away carefully. Remember, if it all looks fabulous when you tidy it away, you might be more inclined to keep it looking that way!
If you’re planning on putting your home on the market this Spring, get in touch with Joyce Heeps Homes today.