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As someone who actually enjoys the whole process of Spring cleaning (due to the fact that I find it incredibly therapeutic), I wanted to put together a guide that could help others get motivated. Sometimes it is just knowing where to begin which is the hardest part, so I have designed the following checklists in the hope it will help you get started.
Step 1 – Declutter
For me, the first step of spring-cleaning is always to declutter. It is amazing how much hoarding can be achieved in the space of one year. Especially if you live with family or friends. Also with it being not long after Christmas, this is a good time to sort through all those unwanted gifts that have possibly been placed at the back of a cupboard.
I usually start from the top of the house and work my way down and prefer to do one room at a time. This way you can fit it into your busy schedule by either doing one room a day or even a week. As I have learned from experience, it is very easy to pull out the entire contents of all the cupboards and drawers in your house, only to then realise it’s 11 pm and you need to get ready for work the following day.
I will also have two empty bags ready, one for items that could be suitable for charity or even Ebay, and one for rubbish (usually recyclables)
When sorting through all cupboards, drawers and any other storage units I also clean and tidy as I go, taking the vacuum cleaner round with me to get rid of the dust and wiping areas down usually using antibacterial spray or wipes, making the next step of spring cleaning a lot easier.
You can download the below de-cluttering checklist from Etsy here to help you get you started…
Step 2 – Deep Clean
Now on to the actual cleaning. You should find after a good de-clutter this part no longer feels quite so daunting, as you have hopefully cleared out a bit more space, cupboards and drawers have been organised and cleaned so it’s now mostly just the areas that can be seen that need dealing with.
Again I will start from the top of the house, one room at a time, taking all of the cleaning products I may want to use into each room with me, saving numerous trips up and down the stairs (However you could look at this as being a free workout)
You can download room by room checklists from Etsy here…
Step 3 – Freshen Up
Once you have completed the spring cleaning process it’s now onto the fun part. I love to get fresh flowers for the house, maybe some new scented candles, scented drawer liners or hangers, and maybe a few new home accessories to freshen the place up depending on how much you got rid of during the de-cluttering phase.
The White Company Seychelles fragrance is my absolute favourite, especially for this time of year
If you’re on a slightly tighter budget then the Bayliss & Harding White Linen and Cassis is another lovely fresh fragrance perfect for spring/summer
I really hope this has been a helpful guide. If you have any tips of your own, please feel free to share them in the comments below. Happy Spring Cleaning.