For those of you who’ve known us a while, you may have noticed our new look –and it all started with a little spring cleaning of our own.
So, we thought we’d share the spring love and bring you some fantastic advice from our great friend Nella Santisi from ClutterBird, to help you feel as fab as we do.
Nella, you obviously love this stuff – you’re a professional organiser – but why should we love Spring Cleaning?
It’s true! As fresh as ‘Spring’ sounds, ‘Spring Cleaning’ has a little too much cleaning involved for a lot of people but the thing is it can be really empowering!
A great spring clean can actually help people rediscover what they love about their home and their possessions just by cutting through the chaos.
What are your top tips for a good spring clean?
My Top Tips For Your Spring Clean Are:
1. Slow and steady wins the race –set aside enough time
For me, a good spring clean is almost the opposite of the quick tidy up before your visitors come.
That ‘quick tidy up’ is frantic –you’re often working to a deadline– and what you’re doing is shoving things in holes, under or behind things before your mother in law arrives!
On the other hand, a good spring clean is something you should do when you’ve got time on your side, because you need to think about what you’re doing, so that it still works in a few weeks or months.
2. Know what you want to achieve and stick to your plan
One of the toughest things when it comes to a good spring clean is to actually achieve your goal because it’s so easy to become distracted.
Ask yourself what the real problem is and what is causing it and then you kind of have to ignore everything else.
For example, if you decide to tidy up the lounge room and you’ve got a few baskets of laundry in there, don’t get distracted and start folding or ironing that. Instead, set it aside and come back to it once you’ve finished the lounge room like you planned.
Also, make sure your helpers know this too so they can keep you focused if you start to get hijacked.
3. Enlist a friend or family member
If you’re struggling with clutter or disorganisation, it may be because this isn’t your strength so help can be amazing. And, you’d be surprised how much people love to help. It’s nice to be needed and with some good music and a decent red, it can be a lot of fun.
Actually, before I started out as a professional organiser, I’d put my hand up to help out my friends and family and, I have to say, I was pretty happy with a glass of vino or a bowl of pasta for my efforts!
So how do we actually do this?
As simple as my process is, my grandmother used to say that sometimes you have to make a mess to clean a mess and that is certainly the case when you’re decluttering. And that’s why you need to allow enough time.
- Pull everything out and wipe down the storage space –it’s impossible to clean a full cupboard.
- Make a decision on everything you touch –for instance:
- Keep to use –this is the stuff you know you’ll use
- Keep for good –this is stuff you love but only use occasionally or keep for sentimental reasons
- Store –this is your ‘maybe someday’ pile of things you aren’t ready to part with even if you don’t use them
- Donate/ Re-Gift/ Sell–this is the good quality stuff that you don’t love and won’t use
- Dispose –this stuff is broken, missing a lid, doesn’t hold charge anymore etc
Tip: Deciding on a whole group is a lot easier than deliberating over every single item. For example you might get rid of a whole book collection or even just the gardening or crime section if you no longer love them.
- Group and store logically.
Group everything you are keeping before you start to put things away.
Decide what you will use most often and make sure it’s easy to access
If you use it less frequently, store it at the back, up higher or in another storage area if you’re tight on space.
And what should we avoid?
- The biggest mistake I see people make is to rush out and buy oodles of containers, shelves and other storage.
You’ll be surprised by how much space you’ll make and how many containers you’ll find in a good spring clean.
- The second thing I see is people getting distracted. I know I mentioned this before, but it’s such a trap and it can leave people feeling really defeated if they don’t achieve their goals.
If you’re in the middle of cleaning one area, have a washing basket nearby and drop anything unrelated into it so that you can sort them out later.