Longer days, warmer weather, daffodils appearing – Spring must be around the corner.
I love the word spring. It conveys that feeling of a positive burst of energy – great words describing how the world wakes up from those sleepy winter months. Therefore, it is not surprising that motivation i high to have a good de-clutter to freshen things up.
It makes me laugh when a client says they imagine I live in a minimalist haven of nothingness – it just isn’t the case. However, what I believe is the things you have in your home should help not hinder how you live.
The start of Spring is a good reminder for me to go through a declutter process. Over the past few months I had the perfect opportunity to clear some rooms as we carried out some building works.
Here are some things of my top spring de-clutter tips:
- I put a recycle/donation box near the front door, and I added to it as I went along.
- I recycled any clothes in my wardrobe that didn’t fit or I was no longer wearing.
- I invested in some ‘thin’ hangers and created about a third more hanging space.
- I thought I had a pretty organised kitchen but still found old saucepans and out of date jars and spices.
- I cleared out cosmetics and creams I hadn’t used for a while – these can be the biggest germ carriers!
- I took back old medications to the dispensary for proper disposal.
- I thinned out the paperbacks and managed to create more hall space by getting rid of a fiddly bookcase.
- I discovered the Tardis that was the garage! Boxes we had stored waiting to unpack once the work had been done were more than I remembered! Having lived without the contents for over a year it was much easier to let go of things and not bring them into the newly decorated space
So how am I feeling now? A lot calmer. Everything has its place and managing the house has become much easier. There were times when it was all a bit daunting, so I set up a simple routine where I did an hour of focused clearing each night and after a week it was done.
I now have a bit of a ‘spring’ in my step!