Spring cleaning is like going on a diet. Nobody enjoys doing it, but the results make the world of difference.
To start, you’re going to need a list of equipment:
- Trash bags
- Boxes to put yard sale and charity donations
- Cleaning supplies – don’t get the usual harmful (and super smelly) liquid soaps and detergents, get an all-natural one like Aspen Clean or Mrs Meyers. They work the same but they won’t ruin the planet or stink out your house.
Ok, you’re all set. The secret is: Be ruthless!
Throw out everything you haven’t used in a month. If there’s food in the cupboard that you haven’t eaten and replaced, donate it or compost it. Got some toiletries from christmas that you’re saving? Chuck them, sell them, or give them away.
Once that’s done, get cleaning. Pull the sofa away from the wall and vacuum the year of dust. Now you’re going to get scrubbing.
I’ve tried the whole lemons and vinegar thing and it just makes more hassle, takes longer and works slightly less well than something equally harmless, like the Aspen range.
Pour some of that all natural soap into a bucket with hot water and do the surfaces, put zip ties around the loose wires that have been dangling from your coffee machine, kettle and TV since you bought them.
Are you done? Look around and see what catches your eye. Are there old letters on the side? Mugs that you have out, even though you use a different one every day? Those can go too.