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Tips for your next Spring clean.
Assessing and prioritising
One way to approach this is to survey the area/s that you would like to spring clean, and begin by looking at what needs to be removed, cleaned or updated, essentially you are beginning your clean by decluttering.
Decide on whether you are doing a complete makeover (and your budget), or if you are just cleaning what you already have. Sometimes a good clean and a little rearranging can be enough to revitalise your room.
Make a list of rooms or tasks you want to complete, prioritising which rooms you need to complete first, to the less urgent rooms. It is also a good idea to reacquaint yourself with items you have, as sometimes we can forget what we already have packed away. If you are looking at your garden, assess what needs to be addressed, listing any tools, tasks and labour that will need to be undertaken.
Planning and creating a manageable timeline
It is also handy to decide on a timeline for these tasks to be completed by, with aims and goals for each task, and a list of equipment and materials you will need. Creating a realistic timetable will also assist you in keeping a positive attitude, and tackling larger tasks step-by-step.
It may help you to draw a plan outlining what you want your room to look like at the end, even taking some 'before' photos to visualise the final look. This will also keep your motivation at its maximum, particularly when embarking on larger projects
Beginning the clean and tips for decluttering
Each room or task will have different needs and focuses. Think about what you need from your space and plan accordingly, for example, do you need efficiency, warmth or space? What will you need to keep, clean, update, donate or throw away? When deciding where items fit into these categories, ask yourself these questions:
· When was the last time you used the item?
· Does it still function properly?
· Does it fit your new room's outlook?
· Why do you have it and do you need it?
· For clothes, does it fit, is it comfortable, is it in fashion?
Rewards for finished tasks
Rewarding yourself for each completed task is also a good way of encouraging you to continue your spring cleaning, but remember for a new item to be bought, an old item must be disposed of.
Managing your revitalised room/s
Make time each week to tidy your updated spaces. It is also handy to try to keep items kept in their correct place after you finish using them so a huge clean is not necessary each week.
For the garden, tackle weeds and other growths as they happen, alleviating the need for major cleans requiring many hours.
HIDC Exhibitor(s) who specialise in this area;