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 – a good word describing how the world wakes up from those sleepy winter months. It is therefore not surprising that people are motivated to have a good spring clean to freshen things up.
Clients often say they imagine I live in a minimalist haven of nothingness, which makes me laugh as that isn’t the case. However, what I do believe, and what I tell them, is that the things you have in your home should help not hinder how you live.
Like everyone else, Spring is a good reminder for me to go through a declutter process. Over the past few months I have had the perfect opportunity as we have been doing some building works which meant I had to clear some rooms.
So here are some of the things I used to help me:
- I put a recycle/donation box near the front door, and I added to it as I went along.
- I removed everything in my wardrobe that didn’t fit/hadn’t worn for a while.
- I invested in some ‘thin’ hangers and created about a third more hanging space.
- I thought I had a pretty organised kitchen but those out of date jars and spices still lingered and there were old saucepans buried at the back of the cupboards. Out they all went.
- I cleared out all the cosmetics and creams that I hadn’t used for a while – they can be one of the biggest germ traps.
- I took some old medications to the pharmacy so they could be disposed of properly.
- I thinned out the bookshelf of paperbacks and managed to create more space in the landing 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! However, having lived without the contents for over a year it became easier to let go of a lot of things and not bring clutter 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 focussed clearing each night and after a week it was done.
I now have a bit of a ‘spring’ in my step!