I've gone through a few phases on this one...
Phase One: Spring Clean? What's that?
Phase Two: Big plans = total overwhelming failure
Phase Three: 40 bags in 40 days...
The last one is an idea I would truly love to claim as the ingenious idea of my own brain, but sadly I can't. It is, in-fact, the brain-child of the lovely Sarah at Clover Lane (which after 3 years of blog-reading remains to this day my absolute favourite, number-one blog to read) who is a self-confessed obsessor over cleanliness and lack of clutter. I am not one of these. I mean, I like cleanliness, and I like order, but I am prone to leaving the odd (understatement) "pile" of "stuff" on the stairs for someone to trip over, or on the side of the piano, or... you get the picture.
ANYway... a few years ago, I came upon this little project that Sarah does every year to spring clean her entire house top to bottom and I have totally fallen in love with it. It's been my Spring project the last couple of years, and its the only thing that's worked.
It is genius... and works right alongside the Lenten period (which I know started last week... OK, I'm a little behind schedule this year!)
So are you convinced?? Why not join in the fun this year...
40 BAGS IN 40 DAYS
Step One: Make a List. Number 1-40 down the side of your page and by each number write down an area you want to declutter. The KEY is to keep the areas small and manageable... e.g. Day One: Bathroom cabinet, Day Two: Medicine Cabinet etc etc
Step Two: Gather your equipment. I have a little bucket that I keep everything in... disinfectant spray, a cloth, baby wipes, and a bin bag (preferably black). You're all set to go.
Step Three: Each day, I take a little bit of time to tackle that day's area. Some days it literally takes me 5 minutes, other jobs are bigger, so I leave them to days I know I'm going to be around. Some days I might be on a roll and cover a couple of days at once (always a bonus as then I get a day off!) Whatever you do, the key is to set aside ten minutes a day to tackle your area.
Step Four: Be lethal. Empty out said area and chuck anything that hasn't been touched since the year before; half used conditioners, jeans with so many holes they're now officially indecent, toys the girls have forgotten about (hence the black bin bag... prevents a sudden rekindled interest in that toy!) Chuck what needs chucked and take whatever you can to the charity shop.
Step Five: Once everything's emptied out, give a quick spray of disinfectant and clean the drawer/shelf/box/cupboard in question before packing the "to-stay" items back in again.
It is quick, easy and effective... and by Easter you know you have a house that has literally been cleaned top to bottom. It is such a good feeling!
Of course, its also a time to reflect. To recognise the absolute abundance of "stuff" that we have accumulated, and remember, and practically give, to those less fortunate than ourselves.
So, who's with me??!
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SO glad spring is finally here!!!
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