Get ready to seize Spring

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We’ve had snow, severe weather warnings and cold days, but little by little Spring is edging closer. As we finally head toward the end of the winter months, it’s time to spark a little joy at your place and get stuck into a good spruce-up. 

For most people, Spring Cleaning does not call up fond memories of great times. But it’s true that a good tidy-up at home or in the office can have real health benefits – studies out of the United States have found that people with clean houses are healthier than people with messy houses and that clutter can actually make it more difficult to focus on a particular task.

In fact, it could be said that cleaning has become the new cool. Celebrities like Marie Kondo have taken the internet by storm – she has 3.1 million Instagram followers and is “sparking joy” right around the world with her minimalist take on tidying up.

So, whether you’re going to tackle the whole house or take it step by step, there are a few ways to make your Spring Clean manageable.

Check it off
The internet is full of great tips and tricks to nail your Spring Clean. Just search “Spring Clean Checklist” and you find room-by-room guides and tips.

One step at a time
Speaking of room-by-room – that’s probably a good way to approach your clear-out. An hour or so every week in specific areas will get you there eventually. 

Clear as you go
As well as tackling the ceiling spider webs and vacuuming behind the beds, take time to clear out as you go. If you haven’t used something in a couple of years, think about whether you still need it. Charities will take good quality used clothing and household items, so you might be doing someone else a favour as well as yourself!

Take time for the big jobs
There are some big-ticket items that, if you don’t keep on top of them, can become a real challenge long-term. Set aside time for clearing out the spouting, blasting away mildew from paths, cleaning the oven, dusting ceiling moulds, touching up paint-work, washing doors and cupboards, washing curtains and lampshades, changing heatpump or ventilation filters, washing carpets and upholstery, sweeping chimneys and tackling scuff marks around the house. Some of these jobs can be outsourced to the professionals if they seem a bit much to cope with!

Get everyone involved
Many hands make light work – it’s an old saying but a good one. Give everyone in the family a task and share the clearing out load.