Sunday, March 22, 2009

Freshen up!

I'm back from my trip to South Africa... as well as having some lovely moments with my family, some sunshine and excellent food I've come back very relaxed and too
embarrassed to post because my housework has been so behind. But never mind because in the northern hemisphere Spring is officially here! In the UK we have had some lovely sunny days for the past week, as a matter of fact it feels like I'm still in South Africa some days. With spring in full swing there's no hiding from the fact that's it's time to thoroughly clean the house.

So have any of you started the Spring clean routine? I have started a bit today, I say a bit because I was distracted yet again by the gorgeous sunshine and ended up doing this for half the day....

What's better than a good book in a hammock under the sun? Not much I tell ya!

So as the title of this post says, spring time is time to
'freshen up' the house. It's a time to open all the windows so that air can circulate, hang the laundry outside again, and get rid of clutter. This really is the one time of year when the days are getting longer and our energy levels increase, so there really is no better time to de-clutter than in the spring. And what a great time to clean those places you don't get to clean regularly. But just starting to spring clean without a plan is like trying to do grocery shopping without a planned menu... it could work, but you might not get through everything or have everything that's needed to get you through. So if you haven't got a plan just yet, then here are some ideas to get you started (and me of course because I need to get off my backside and do this properly before Spring is over).

  • Make a list of things that really bother you around the house (that Tupperware cupboard, or under the stairs for instance?) Prioritise, and decide which tasks are achievable for a spring clean. Start with these tasks.
  • Shake any rugs outside and sweep or vacuum underneath them.
  • Move all the furniture, cleaning behind and under it - doing room by room.
  • Dust and wash walls removing marks and stains.
  • Thoroughly vacuum upholstery
  • Go through items in the wardrobes and throw out items that have not been worn in the past season and store away any winter clothing if you need the extra space.
  • And my favourite task: hang all quilts, pillows, cushions and blankets (without their covers) in the bright sunshine - it gets rid of those nasty dust mites and brings the smell of the sun back into the house.
There are of course lots of other tasks that can be done for spring cleaning, but it can be daunting if you decide to tackle your entire house at once. Because I work full-time, I have decided to dedicate two evenings a week to spring cleaning. And some tasks that I don't feel are urgent I am writing on a list to do in the autumn (washing curtains and re-organising our house filing drawers are just a couple of examples).

What have you done for your spring clean so far?
I hope you have all been well, it's good to be back! I've got lost of post lined up for this season... some more recipes to share, as well as a post about using herbs around the house, a post about South African home keeping and a post about scrubbing floors the old fashioned way - sometimes it just has to be done.

Have a lovely week!

PS: Happy Mother's Day to those mum's in the UK (and anywhere else that's celebrating today).


Lesley (Notesfrommydays) said...

hi there and welcome back :-)
thank you for the list it does help to know where to start as im terrible for starting abou 5 different things and finishing none!!

lots of windows open and hoovering in dark corners done so far though !
lesley x

MelMel said...

Lovely to welcome you back!
Thank you for popping by my blog to say hi!
Missed your posts...I'm going to use what you have wrote as my week I have a weeke off to adjust b4 my new job, so I'm going to keep busy doing jobs!
thank you for a very interesting post!xxxx

Ivy said...

I am so overjoyed that you are back. You were missed by me very much! :)

My spring cleaning has taken the form of starting completely fresh in our new apartment.

Thanks for your comment on my rant about cold soups. Haaa!

A note on perfection

Many of the posts featured on this blog are about doing household chores the correct, or so to say perfect way. My intention is not to make readers feel that the way they are running their households are wrong. So if making the bed, or ironing shirts in a certain way doesn't fit your lifestyle, do not feel guilty about it. But by learning the correct way of doing things it might just come in handy for those times when special guests are staying, or when you need to iron that shirt perfectly for a job interview. So enjoy the learning, but skip the guilt and LOVE your homes. x

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