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Spring Clean in a Breeze: 7 Simple and Effective Tips

Spring has arrived, and that can only mean one thing - it's time for a deep clean! But don't freak out; spring cleaning doesn't have to be a stressful process. With the right approach and some natural cleaning products, you can breeze through your spring cleaning and make sure your home is spotless in no time. Read on for some easy and effective tips for stress-free spring cleaning.

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Yes, this blog post looks long and contains a fair bit of information. But, take what is important and relevant to you. This blog post was written to provide all the tips and tricks I find helpful, but don't necessarily always stick to each and every year. Something may not be relevant or important to you, so skip right on by them! The main thing I want you to always remember is that your well-being is the top priority, so focus on what you feel are your priorities and don't neglect your own self-care.


What you will find in this blog post (click to go straight to a particular section):

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1. Make a Plan and Set Goals for Spring Cleaning

Now that spring is here, it's time to start afresh and give your home a thorough clean. But before you dive into the task, take a moment to make a plan and set some goals for your spring cleaning. It may seem like a time-consuming and unnecessary task, but this will help you stay organised and focused, ensuring that you make the most of your cleaning time. It's a long-term time saver, I promise!

Goal setting

Start by creating a checklist of all the areas you want to tackle. Think about every room in your house, as well as any outdoor spaces that may need attention. Prioritise the areas that need the most work, and break them down into smaller tasks. For example, instead of saying "clean the kitchen," break it down into tasks like "wipe down countertops," "clean out the fridge," and "scrub the floors." This will make the tasks feel more manageable and less overwhelming. Click here to download my free spring cleaning checklist printable.


Next, set some goals for your spring cleaning. Think about what you want to accomplish and how you want your home to look and feel. Maybe you want to declutter and create more space, or perhaps you want to focus on using effective natural cleaning products for a healthier home environment. Whatever your goals may be, write them down and keep them in mind as you tackle each task.


By making a plan and setting goals for your spring cleaning, you'll stay on track and ensure that you achieve the results you desire. So grab your natural cleaning products and get started - a fresh and clean home awaits!


 

2. Declutter Your Home with Minimal Effort

Decluttering your home can feel like a daunting task, especially if you're short on time. But fear not, busy people! I've got some fantastic tips to help you declutter your home with minimal effort.


Firstly, start small. Begin by tackling one area or room at a time. This way, you won't feel overwhelmed, and you can focus on the task at hand. Start with the easiest room first, as it will give you a sense of accomplishment and motivate you to keep going. Remember, even spending just 15 minutes a day decluttering can make a huge difference over time. Set a time and do what you can!


Secondly, create designated spaces for items. Invest in storage solutions like baskets, bins, and drawer dividers to help keep things organised. Sort through your belongings and decide what you want to keep, donate, or throw away. Be ruthless and only keep things that are meaningful or necessary.

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Another tip is to adopt the "one in, one out" rule. For every new item you bring into your home, get rid of something old. This will help prevent clutter from building up in the future and keep your space looking tidy.


Finally, enlist the help of effective natural cleaning products. Not only will they help you declutter, but they will also contribute to a healthier home environment. Look for eco-friendly alternatives to traditional cleaning products, such as vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils. These products are not only safe for you and your family but also for the environment.


With these simple decluttering tips, you can have a tidy and organised home with minimal effort. Say goodbye to clutter and hello to a stress-free and inviting living space.


 

3. Use Natural Cleaning Products for a Healthier Home Environment

When it comes to spring cleaning, using natural cleaning products is not only good for the environment but also for your health. Traditional cleaning products often contain harsh chemicals that can be harmful when inhaled or come into contact with your skin. By opting for natural alternatives, you can create a healthier home environment for you and your family.


So, what are some natural cleaning tips that you can incorporate into your spring cleaning routine? Here are a few spring cleaning tricks to get you started:


1. Vinegar: Vinegar is a versatile natural cleaner that can be used in many different ways. Mix equal parts vinegar and water to create an all-purpose cleaner that can be used on worktops, windows, and more. It's great for cutting through grease and leaving surfaces sparkling clean.

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2. Baking soda: Baking soda is another natural cleaning powerhouse. It can be used to scrub away tough stains, deodorise carpets, and freshen up your fridge. Mix baking soda with a little water to create a paste and apply it to surfaces that need a good scrub.



3. Essential oils: Not only do essential oils smell amazing, but they also have antimicrobial properties that can help kill bacteria and germs. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil, such as lavender or tea tree oil, to your natural cleaning solutions for an extra boost of freshness.


By incorporating these natural cleaning tips into your spring cleaning routine, you can create a healthier home environment without sacrificing cleanliness.


 

4. Clean One Room at a Time for a Less Overwhelming Experience

When it comes to spring cleaning, tackling the entire house at once can feel overwhelming and exhausting. Instead, take a more manageable approach by cleaning one room at a time. This will not only make the process less daunting but also allow you to focus on each room's specific needs.


Start by prioritising the rooms that need the most attention. Is your kitchen in desperate need of a deep clean, or does your bathroom need a refresh? Identify the areas that require the most work and start there. By breaking down your spring cleaning into smaller tasks, you'll be able to tackle each room more efficiently.

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Once you've chosen a room to start with, gather all the necessary supplies. Make sure you have your natural cleaning products, microfibre cloths, and any other tools you'll need. Having everything prepared beforehand will help you stay organised and minimise distractions.


As you clean each room, take the time to declutter and organise as well. Clear out any items that are no longer needed or have been collecting dust. By getting rid of unnecessary clutter, you'll create a more spacious and inviting environment.


Remember to take breaks between rooms to avoid burnout. Reward yourself with a cup of tea or a quick walk outside to recharge. Making the cleaning process enjoyable and less tedious will make it feel like less of a chore. Remember self-care! There is no point in stressing out over cleaning your home.


By cleaning one room at a time, you'll find that your spring cleaning becomes more manageable and less overwhelming.


 

5. Don't Forget the Small Details - Tackle Neglected Areas

When it comes to spring cleaning, it's easy to focus on the big tasks and overlook the small details. But these neglected areas can make a big difference in how clean and fresh your home feels. So don't forget to tackle those small details as you spring clean your way to a spotless home.


Here are some spring cleaning tips to help you tackle those neglected areas:


1. Clean light fittings and ceiling fans: Dust and grime can accumulate on light fittings and ceiling fans, making them less efficient and affecting the air quality in your home. Use a microfibre cloth or a duster with an extendable handle to clean these hard-to-reach areas. You'll be amazed at how much brighter your home looks and how much better the air feels.


2. Wash curtains and blinds: Curtains and blinds can accumulate dust, pet hair, and allergens over time. Take them down and give them a good wash or a thorough vacuuming. This will not only freshen up your space but also improve the air quality in your home.

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3. Don't forget about your appliances: Clean out the dust and debris from the coils at the back of your fridge and the vents on your tumble dryer. This will help your appliances run more efficiently and last longer. And while you're at it, don't forget to wipe down the inside and outside of your appliances to remove any built-up grime.


4. Deep clean your carpets and upholstery: Over time, carpets and upholstery can trap dirt, allergens, and odours. Consider renting a carpet cleaner or hiring a professional to deep clean your carpets and upholstery. This will not only improve the appearance of your home but also create a healthier environment for you and your family.


5. Pay attention to high-touch surfaces: High-touch surfaces like light switches, door handles, and remote controls can harbour germs and bacteria. Wipe these surfaces down with a disinfectant or a natural cleaning solution regularly to keep them clean and germ-free.


By tackling these neglected areas, you'll ensure that your home is truly clean from top to bottom. Don't underestimate the impact that these small details can have on the overall cleanliness and freshness of your space.


 

6. Get Your Wardrobe Ready for Spring with a Closet Clean Out

As spring rolls in, it's time to give your wardrobe a much-needed refresh. A wardrobe clear-out is the perfect way to declutter and make room for new spring and summer pieces. Not only will this help you stay organised, but it will also give you a sense of accomplishment and a fresh start for the season ahead.


To begin your wardrobe clear out, start by taking everything out of your wardrobe. Yes, everything. Lay it all out on your bed or a clean surface so you can see what you have. This will allow you to assess your current wardrobe and make decisions about what to keep and what to let go of.

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Next, sort through your clothing and accessories one by one. Ask yourself if each item still brings you joy and if it fits your current style. If an item no longer sparks joy or hasn't been worn in over a year, it's time to let it go. Consider donating or selling these items to give them a new life.


As you go through your wardrobe, take note of any spring cleaning tricks that you can apply. For example, use storage solutions like baskets and dividers to keep items organised. Consider implementing the "one in, one out" rule to prevent future clutter. And don't forget to freshen up your wardrobe with a natural air freshener, like a sachet of dried lavender or a homemade essential oil spray.


By decluttering and organising your wardrobe, you'll create a space that is not only visually appealing but also functional. Say goodbye to the old and make room for the new.


 

7. Make Cleaning Fun and Enjoyable with Music and Rewards

Cleaning can often feel like a chore, but it doesn't have to be that way! By making cleaning a fun and enjoyable experience, you can turn it into a rewarding activity that you actually look forward to. One way to make cleaning more enjoyable is to create a cleaning playlist. Put on some upbeat music that you love and let it set the tone for your cleaning session. The music will help keep you motivated and make the time fly by. You can even turn it into a dance party and incorporate some fun dance moves while you clean.

Make cleaning fun

Another way to make cleaning more enjoyable is to reward yourself along the way. Set small milestones and treat yourself to a little reward when you reach them. It could be something as simple as enjoying a cup of tea or a piece of chocolate. By giving yourself something to look forward to, you'll be more motivated to keep going and finish the task at hand.


Lastly, don't be afraid to make cleaning a family or group activity. Get your loved ones involved and turn it into a fun bonding experience. You can divide the tasks and make it a competition to see who can finish their cleaning task first. Not only will you get the cleaning done faster, but you'll also have a great time together. With these tips, cleaning can become a fun and enjoyable activity that you actually look forward to. So put on your favourite music, set some milestones, and get cleaning. Before you know it, your home will be sparkling clean, and you'll have had a great time in the process.

 

The main takeaway

Yes, spring cleaning will take some time. But, you don't need to do everything at once, and you may not even need to do everything suggested. Choose what's important to you and tackle it bit by bit. Ultimately, it feels great to have a clean healthy home, but it isn't the most important thing in life. Remember to frequently fill your own cup so you can tackle the tasks you want to with as little stress as possible!



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Hi, I'm Mandi. A former primary teacher, Lifestyle Medicine graduate and current Diploma in Natural Skincare student with a passion for natural living.

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