It’s that time of the year when warm weather rolls in and we say goodbye to the cuddle season. For most, spring can be likened to a second new year, a time to declutter your life and start a-fresh once again!
If you are considering purging your closet, children’s room or your whole house, we have a few tips to help you declutter, dust, spruce up, and renew your home like a super mom.
Planning is essential
Whether spring cleaning your whole house or just one area, it helps to plan the exercise – breaking it down into simplified actions and tackling one at a time. Creating a schedule will help you to stay on track and prioritise the required tasks. When spring cleaning your whole house, completing one room at a time is the best approach, as the reward of finishing one room will motivate you to move on to the next one until the whole house is done. Avoid cleaning multiple spaces at once, as this will only tire you out and make your spring cleaning seem endless!
If you’re short on the motivation to get stuck into a room, start with something easy like clearing out a drawer. Perhaps that kitchen drawer that has somehow become the dumping ground for all your knickknacks is a good place to start. While it may seem like a drop in the ocean, it may just be the right amount of encouragement you need to conquer the rest.
Many hands make light work
Encourage your children and even your partner to develop a healthy attitude towards cleaning and helping out by involving them in the spring cleaning process. This is a good way to keep them active while giving you the extra pair of hands to get the job done quicker and easier. Children enjoy sharing activities with their parents, so why not use that to
Good tools equal good results
With the right cleaning products and tools, half the battle is won. If your children are helping you clean, avoid using harsh chemicals such as bleach and ammonia. Eco-friendly and natural products are best as they are hypoallergenic and safe. If you are cleaning while pregnant, ensure that there is adequate ventilation by opening windows or using a fan to keep the air moving. This will minimise the amount of chemicals you inhale. Whichever cleaning method you use, don’t forget the
Put it into piles
As you sort through your items, create clearly marked piles for items that you will keep in storage, donate, recycle or throw out. Be diligent about which items you add to which pile! This will avoid a messy house and ensure that everything is located in a central place when you need it.
During the decluttering process, dust and dirt will fall from all sorts of places, so vacuum last to finish off your cleaning tasks. Besides, there is just something about a freshly vacuumed house that makes it feel brand new – not a bad way to end a long day’s work.
Enjoy the process
While spring cleaning isn’t the most exciting thing to do, it is rewarding. So whether you are cleaning with your children or preparing your home for your new bundle of smiles, enjoying the process and seeing the clean and fresh end result means double the satisfaction when you’re all done.