Monday, 10 April 2017

SPRING-CLEANING TIPS

My bedroom has always been a place of “organised chaos” in that, I know exactly where things are, even if they are in amongst a mass of clothes on the floor. Even though I would rather come home to a lovely white clean space with a minimalistic feel, sometimes life gets too busy and things quite literally get in the way of your perfect Instagrammable bedroom. I mean, who isn’t guilty of just leaving your clothes in a pile and crawling into bed after a long day? I know I do it! But there comes a point where this organised chaos becomes a messy problem, and that’s when you know you have to set aside a day in your calendar to do some good old spring-cleaning.

Spring-cleaning means you deep clean the hell out of your space. I clean the windows, wash the skirting boards, flip the mattress etc. Just allow yourself the time to do all the chores that need doing every once in a while, you’ll feel better for it! If you’re wondering how to get started with this – let’s face it – seasonal chore, then fear not. I have a few handy tips to give you in order to keep your cleaning and organising on track.

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START SMALL
Set aside an hour if that’s all you can afford and just begin by sorting through old magazines or documents you have lying about gathering dust. I’ve been guilty of collecting Vogue and Cosmopolitan magazines in the past, which is a mistake when 99% of the paper is just advertising. You don’t need that in your life! Similarly, tidy up a smaller area like your desk, dressing table, or even a shelf! I’m very much partial to a little #shelfie, and take pride in making sure even the smallest space looks clean and presentable.

ORGANISE INTO PILES
This may seem like an obvious tip but make sure when sorting through your junk that you get rid of things in the right bags. I have one for general waste, recyclables (mostly boxes from deliveries – blogger life), old clothing that needs chucking out (underwear etc.), items that could find a new home elsewhere, and finally a bag or box for things to go in storage. I find that when spring come around, I can sort through all my autumn/winter clothes and either pop them away in storage for next year or give the less loved items to charity.

BE RUTHLESS
I cannot stress this tip enough. As a self-confessed hoarder myself – especially when it comes to beauty products – I think this one is essential for the effectiveness of your organisation. Turn out all your drawers and really question its use in your life in that moment. If you haven’t used a product in the last six months then bin it. Buh-bye. Adios. It’s unlikely you’ll ever use it so save yourself on some space! When I was cleaning out my makeup drawers I found 12, yes TWELVE, empty NARS Creamy Concealers. I honestly go through them like nobody’s business… Likewise, if you don’t want to just bin perfectly good items, give anything you don’t want to family and friends. I have a load of barely-used nail polishes in various mauve shades that are happily setting up camp at my Grandma’s.

FINISHING TOUCHES
The importance of making a room presentable is what really makes spring-cleaning worth it all. You’ve done all the hard work, now you can have a bit of fun! Pop on some freshly washed bedsheets, plump up pretty cushions, dress the walls with fairy lights (I now have fancy curtain lights on my feature wall). Truly let spring in by buying a lovely colourful bouquet of flowers – tulips are one of my cheaper favourites from the supermarket, and in a few weeks it will be peony season again! And in the lighter evenings, a scented candle never goes amiss.

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I know sometimes it’s really difficult not to hoard here and there, and I’m not saying don’t keep meaningful memories, but don’t allow yourself to take it too far as it will end up building and ultimately cluttering your personal space. If you’re anything like me, you’ll go through phases of hoarding then decluttering, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, as long as you’re consistent with it. Decluttering always eases my terrible anxiety and I often find that having a clean minimal feel gives me much more clarity and peace of mind.

Tidy space, tidy mind, as they say…
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3 comments

  1. I loved reading this post! I love a good spring clean, I know have spring cleaning plans tomorrow thanks to your post!

    CharlotteSamantha<

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  2. Can I just say how aesthetically pleasing your bookshelf is?! Wish mine looked that neat!

    Becca
    www.rawrrbecca.co.uk/

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