“Spring cleaning 101 – what ‘spring cleaning’ really means, what to expect, and how to get in the right frame of mind to make it a success. Because let’s face it. No one wants to start and then give up half way through after drowning under all the mess you’ve now got yourself into.”
For those of you who follow me over on Instagram (and you most likely do if you’ve found your way onto my page) you’ll have seen that I recently invested my whole weekend of ‘no’ plans to undergo a spring clean.
The anticipated one weekend to do this, subsequently turned into two. I can honestly say I did not expect to be able to get rid of quite so much rubbish, unwanted or unused items in my life. Sure, I said I was going to do a ‘spring clean’ but did I truly anticipate it would take as long as it did? Hell no!
For someone who loves organisation, it feels amazing to have completed it all. Kind of like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Good riddance rubbish.
You see, this successful spring clean has spurred me on to write this blog post all about…spring cleaning! I hope it will be a little more thrilling than it may sound.
So, why spring clean?
It’s all very adult of me, but this was my first proper spring clean I’ve ever tackled, so there is that. Yes, I may be patting myself on the back right now.
Harry and I are fast approaching our two year anniversary of living in our house. But, it was only a couple of weeks ago when I realised that since moving in and shoving our stuff into ‘storage’, we’ve never revisited, rearranged or decided to declutter said ‘storage’ spaces. Yes, we’ve been blissfully unaware as to what was actually hidden at the back of our wardrobe desperately seeking some light. Eek!
Sure, my spring clean has been a very successful one. But I also know it could have been a lot more efficient if only I knew what I was really up against. You think spring cleans are simple? Think again. I totally get why they’re just a once a year kind of thing!
So, like with most of my learning curves, I’ve decided to give you the lowdown. Spring cleaning 101 – what ‘spring cleaning’ really means, what to expect, and how to get in the right frame of mind to make it a success. Because let’s face it. No one wants to start and then give up half way through after drowning under all the mess you’ve now got yourself into. Once you’re in, you’re in. So, let’s do this!
1. Set your expectations
So, you say you’re going to have a spring clean. The key? Understanding what a ‘spring clean’ means to you. Is it tackling every drawer, wardrobe or cupboard in the household? Is it simply a deep clean around the house with a clear out of your wardrobe? Or if we’re just being completely honest, is it just a half-hearted attempt at organising yourself but really it’s just a normal weekly clean around the house?
Set out your expectations from the outset. That way, you won’t be disappointed. You won’t be oblivious to what you’re actually getting yourself into, and you’ll be in the right frame of mind to start with.
2. Be prepared
Preparation is key.
After setting out your expectations of your spring clean, think about anything you may need. E.g. cleaning products or additional storage. This means you won’t have to stop midway through to have a flying visit to the shops just so you can finish just one of the many jobs before moving on to the next. Yes, I’m talking from experience. It ruins your flow, it wastes time and after all that? Carrying on seems like one hell of an effort.
3. Be ruthless
If you’re a hoarder, has many keep-sakes and has many objects to reminisce over the good times, you’re going to struggle with a spring clean.
For this to be a success, you really do have to be ruthless. If you’re clearing out your wardrobe, chuck away anything with holes in, anything that can’t be fixed and which looks, well, past it’s sell by date. Take anything to charity which is still good quality, but you haven’t touched the past year.
I used this motto, and as bare as my drawers now look? I can honestly say I haven’t missed a single thing so far.
4. Put a serious amount of time aside to complete your spring clean.
Dependent on how ‘serious’ you’re taking this, make sure you actually give yourself enough time to complete the job in hand. As I said above, once you’re in, you’re in. Whether that means setting aside a whole day, a whole weekend, or a couple of hours spread over a few days. A spring clean is meant to make you feel good after all’s said and done, so the last thing you want is to feel like giving up purely because you’ve run out of time.
5. Congratulate yourself after it’s done.
Completing a spring clean isn’t easy – I won’t lie to you. But once it’s done, the feeling of accomplishment makes it all worth it. Plus, your house is now not only more manageable, but it also looks so much better too. Be house proud, you deserve it! And to get you through it all, have a little treat at the end to say well done to yourself. Whether it’s a bar of chocolate, a glass (or two) of wine, a little shopping spree or a nice meal out – it’s your choice! After all, that alone is reason enough to get your hands dirty, isn’t it?!