Top tips for Spring Cleaning Your Home and Your Life

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Okay so we are into May, the weather is warmer (in the northern hemisphere) and after a long, cold winter you are feeling motivated to get into some Spring Cleaning – right?

No more putting off those jobs that have been niggling you throughout winter.

TIME TO TAKE SOME ACTION!

Spring is such a beautiful season.  A time of renewal and growth and the perfect time to get not only our house in order but also look at spring cleaning our life.  In fact, Spring Cleaning your home is not just healthy for your physical well-being but also it is a great boost for mental health.

Benefits of Spring Cleaning for your Environment and your Life

  • Reduces Allergies
  • Reduces Stress
  • Removes Clutter
  • Provides a healthier living environment for you and your family
  • Makes you feel energised and motivated
  • Spring cleaning just doesn’t give you a beautifully clean and sparkling home but it also helps you to take time to clear your mind and life of clutter.

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How to Spring Clean your Environment

Make a plan

Before you start make a list of all the jobs you want to complete and tick them off as they are finished.  It is easier to do this room by room and include those jobs you just forget about generally like cleaning behind the furniture or those pesky fan blades.

This will not only make life easier and ensure you cover all areas, but you feel a sense of accomplishment and feel motivated to keep going as each completed job is ticked off the list.

Know the hidden hazards

Did you know that there are many homes that still have asbestos.  You need to be aware of this BEFORE YOU START SPRING CLEANING.  If you have an asbestos problem, call in the professionals to remove it.  Asbestos is a killer and can cause Mesothelioma and aggressive form of cancer that can affect the lining of the lungs. You can read more about this at  https://www.maacenter.org/

Use gloves and protective clothing

Sometimes using harsh chemicals can damage our skin so always wear gloves and if necessary protective clothing.  Better still why not use natural cleaning products such as bicarb soda to reduce the risk.  For more ideas on making natural cleaning products click on this link http://www.back-to-basics-cleaning.com/

Don’t leave cleaning products lying around

Some cleaning products are POISONOUS so if you have a family or pets, make sure you have the products well out of reach.

Keep, give away or throw away

For a thorough spring clean I usually include taking an inventory my wardrobe and items around the house.  Clothes that I don’t wear or items that I don’t use anymore or have forgotten about.

Make three piles – those you want to keep, those items that you want to give away and those that just need to be binned.  Be ruthless and DECLUTTER! The cathartic affect is great for your mind as well as making more room in your home.  Encourage the children to do the same with their toys.

6 ways to Spring Clean Your Mind for a Healthier, Happier Life

Now that your home is sparkling clean it is time to turn your attention to YOU!  Living in this hectic world we need to take time out to spring clean our minds and remove it of all unnecessary worry and clutter.

  • Meditate
  • Take some ‘Me time’
  • Exercise
  • Get outdoors
  • Plan to make your dreams a reality
  • Socialise
  • Stop worrying and start doing – make changes if you have to but try to remove stress and worry from your life.

 

So what are you waiting for?  Start Spring Cleaning your house and your life today!

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20 thoughts on “Top tips for Spring Cleaning Your Home and Your Life

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Thanks Debbie and it is autumn here but I usually do an autumn stocktake of clothes and other jobs around the house. It makes you feel motivated I think!

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        1. Sue Loncaric Post author

          Yes Deb you are right. In fact, Kathleen told me she does a good clean every 3 months which is probably much better than one big clean per year!

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  1. Pamela Shank

    Good article. I am a big believer in doing the things you recommend also. I have been working on projects the past month and still have a few to conquer.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh I think we always have some WIP projects going Pamela. Thanks for stopping by to comment and have a lovely day.

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  2. Carol Cassara

    Your post inspired me–I think I’ll have my housekeepers do spring cleaning next month. Thank GOD I no longer clean my own house. It never was one of my strengths!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh you are lucky having a housekeeper Carol! I would love one but that is okay I’m not the world’s greatest housekeeper but my philosophy is that you can visit my home and it is always tidy and would ALMOST pass the white glove test! Besides there are so many more exciting things to do in life isn’t there?

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Exactly Cheryl! Unfortunately, I don’t always succeed at that but it is a great idea as Spring Cleaning would not be such a chore then.Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh that sounds lovely – my daughter just had her bathroom remodelled and I swear she took a 30 minute shower the first time! They are loving it and my grandson finally has a bath to splash about it.

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  3. Ellen Dolgen

    Great tips for my house and my mind! I must admit, being a Virgo – I do not do well with clutter. My husband and I share an office. You can tell whose desk is whose! The hardest part for me is my closet. My rule is if I haven’t worn it in 3 years – it should go! However, there are times I regret this!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I’m on the cusp of Leo and Virgo Ellen so it is a battle field in my mind LOL:) I do like order and I’m not great with clutter either. I like your wardrobe rule I really have to get stuck into mine and work out what winter clothes I have. We are going into winter where I live. Have a great day!

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  4. Bill @ The Money Professors

    My plan is to stall, stall, and stall… and hopefully you will have an article about fall cleaning! I think I will have more time then. We have actually moved some of our clothes into another closet – we really need to get rid of the stuff we don’t wear anymore. Thanks for the reminders.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      It isn’t a job we can really get excited about is it Bill? Although, once it is done we feel so much better.

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  5. Wendy

    Ah, spring cleaning! I love having it done…I’m not great at wanting to do it, though! 🙂 But there really is something about getting it done that feels like a fresh start. Love this quote: “Stop worrying and start doing – make changes if you have to but try to remove stress and worry from your life.” “Start” is a powerful word!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      that is a great quote Wendy and I love the word ‘Start’ that is all we really need to do. Once we make a Start then we usually can keep going and achieve whatever we want. It is the starting that is sometimes difficult!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Thanks Kathleen I actually didn’t produce it but it does have some great information. I’m going to take your idea of a deep clean every three months a great idea!

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