Spring Clean: Your Home!
Welcome to the first installment of our Spring Clean Special. Over the next month we’ll be bring you top tips for spring cleaning your world!
The most organised lady we know, Natalie of Be Organised, has given us her top tips for spring cleaning your home!
Spring Clean every season (not just in spring!)
The beginning of the season is a great time to have a good sort out and declutter and to clean out those areas that often get neglected, e.g. the garage, laundry, linen cupboard. It gives you a fresh start for the new season and enables you to keep on top of your home on a regular basis. It’s also a great time to review your wardrobe (keep an eye out for the upcoming Wardrobe post in this special).
Check the pantry for expired items, invest in clear storage containers and label accordingly. Items will be easy to see and find and it keeps your pantry looking smart and organised.
A place for everything and everything in its place is a motto that I really love. Review the items in your living space – do items have a home? Or are they cluttered and disorganised? How is this area really working for you? Review your storage and furnishings and think about how your living area could work better. Get the family involved and get creative!
Use plastic storage trays or rattan baskets to store products and bathroom items. These can be stored under the sink and the rattan baskets can also be used for storing towels if you are short on storage space – and they look really cool too! Items can be grouped together accordingly or each family member can have their own basket. This is a great way to keep surfaces clear, items organised and your bathroom clutter-free.
Time to see what’s lurking under the bed. This area aften gets forgotten and can gather dust and those long lost items – you’ll be amazed at what you might find!
A trip to the tip may be in order! Declutter and sort – maybe it’s time for a garage sale? Have a look at those items that often get dumped in this area and sort, repair or dispose of broken things.
1. Don’t let it build up. Keep on top of your clutter regularly!
2. Put systems in place that work for you and your family. If your home is not functioning in a way that makes sense to you and the people you share your home with, what could you do differently to make it work better?
3. To do lists. Make your list last thing at night or first thing in the morning. Anything uncompleted from the previous day can be carried over. Whether it be on paper, on your iPhone or on chalkboard, use what works for you. Write things down as soon as you think of them and tick them off when you’ve accomplished them.
Products to make organising easier…
Baskets for every household member
This one is especially useful if you have young children, as we all know what chaos they can cause! Picking up items throughout the day and putting into the allocated basket, helps to keep on top of daily clutter. At the end of the day they can be transported to the correct bedroom. This really works and makes tidy up time so much easier.
It’s a great resource and comes in handy in so many areas – labelling pantry items, electrical cords, plastic boxes, items on shelves – use in the office and in children’s rooms so that items have a home and are easy to keep organised and clutter-free.
Paper management is a big one for most people to keep on top of. Source a filing system that works for you and stick to it! Putting half an hour aside every week that is scheduled into your calendar to sort and file your mail, will make a huge difference when trying to find important pieces of paper work. It will save you time and money!
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