Once Christmas is over we all just want to declutter the house and get back to ‘normal’ Now that the sun has made an appearance, the daffodils are out, and the blossom is blooming. Lambs are bouncing around the fields and trees are coming into leaf. It’s time to start the annual spring clean!
The reality is that we rarely pack our decorations away correctly and quickly put them into plastic boxes and store them out of our way usually at the back of a cupboard. It’s not that we forget about them, after all, each time we need to get something from the said cupboard we bash our legs on the box corners.
As this is the first day of Spring could it be the right time to bite the bullet and sort out all those ‘extras’ we’ve carefully stocked in the cupboard?
Storage boxes with sections for baubles are available but I find that egg boxes make a free and safe place for baubles, don’t forget to wrap any special ornaments in bubble wrap and if possible put them back into the boxes they arrived in.
Untangling all the lights that were quickly dragged off the tree when Christmas was over and stuck into a corner until next Christmas, is a job we can’t even envisage tackling. Set aside an afternoon when you’re likely to get a little peace and quiet, pour yourself a glass of your favourite tipple (I find it certainly helps me focus) and set too, before you know it, that rolled up bundle of knotted lights will be straightened out and neatly put away.
To make sure that you don’t have that knotty problem again, try using cable ties to keep them neatly together.
If you’re short of storage boxes this could be a good time to invest in some, make sure they stack easily and have tight fitting lids, so that they can be safely packed and stored safely.
It’s good advice to tackle one room at a time, that way we don’t become overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task facing us. Updating your home for Spring could mean changing your heavyweight lounge curtains for something a bit lighter and giving the windows a once over brings a breath of fresh air into any room.
The warmer, brighter days gives us all a boost of much needed energy and enthusiasm – so if you’re the proud owner of a carpet washer give the carpet or your wooden flooring a run over – it’s amazing how much grime gets carried through on our feet. Treat yourself to a nice bunch of spring flowers – daffodils or tulips etc and your room will have a brighter, fresher look.
Now you’ve tackled the sitting room it’s time to head out to the garden shed/garage/or up into the loft to store away all those Christmas decorations etc that you’re not going to need again for a good few months. The good news is that you know they’ll all be in one piece when you come to re use them.
Next job – put the kettle on, it’s time for a comfy seat and a cup of your favourite tea – you deserve it!
What puts a spring in your step? Comment below and let us know.