How to tackle a Spring Clean

If your like me, this is the time of year where I you are itching to sort through things and get rid of any unwanted items. I feel like once the sun comes out and it gets a little warmer, I just want everything to be clean and perfect as well as up to date. I no longer want that dress I have been saving for years, its time is up!
Spring cleans can be quite daunting, or something that really winds you up! I couldn’t keep track of the amount of times I’ve started in a morning with the aim of finishing in a day and then trying to climb into bed with piles of clothes and papers all around me. I just feel like I haven’t done anything! So I decided to write this post to try and help anyone who is facing this big tidy up, and go through how I now tackle it. Its much more manageable, and it prolongs the feeling of accomplishment!
Tip 1 ~ Have sections
The main thing I have learnt is that it is impossible to spring clean your entire room in one day. You’ll start off feeling great, then by the end of the day you will just be getting annoyed looking at the piles of things you have to tidy up so you can sleep! Split your room into manageable sections, I know in my room I have wardrobe area, drawers, bookcase, storage boxes, desk and under bed. Yes, this may take more than one weekend, but it means that I feel like I have done my job that day and its all tidy and lovely!
Tip 2 ~ Piles are your friend
Sometimes watching things pile up can make you hate the spring cleaning process, but honestly, you need them! I make sure I always have a few piles, mainly charity and sell (I may also have one for friends/family and obviously recycling and general bin waste which will go into bags). Have an end destination for the piles you make, I know that at the end of the day my charity pile with go into the large bags we have in our garage that are ready for the collection bags to be delivered to our house, and my sale pile will be quickly photoed then stored away somewhere until its time to send them out.
Tip 3 ~ Set a realistic target
Telling yourself your going to do your entire room in a day, or the bookcase you know is going to take at least a day in half the time is not going to work. Have sections, and give yourself plenty of time. I always give myself more time than I need and have a smaller area queued up in the back of my mind ready for if I have a spare couple of hours. It means I don’t get stressed or annoyed, winner!
Tip 4 ~ Have a helper
I always find when clearing out clothes specifically, it helps if I have someone there to help me sort through things, especially if I am unsure. Normally my mum will come in and sit on my bed and pass comment on the clothes I drag out of my wardrobe or drawers. I always find it good to get someone else’s opinion, and it tends to help me get rid of things I no longer use! It also comes in handy for tidying up your piles, less trips up and down the stairs!
Tip 5 ~ Have fun!
Lastly, make sure you have some fun! I don’t like making spring clean’s a stressful event, so I try and make the most of it. I’ll put some music on so I can have a sing and dance, light a nice spring scented candle and open my window (weather permitting, I do live in England!) to make my room feel more refreshed. At the end of the day I feel like I’ve wiped the cobwebs away and am in a good mood!
So I hope these tips help you at least a little, and let you declutter your room (or house) a little!
Have a good spring clean!
Hannah xxx

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