How to De-clutter your Home for the New Year

GreenfaolStarred Page By Greenfaol, 29th Dec 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Want to give your home a clean for the New Year but just don't know where to start? Read on for advice on how to handle a Spring clean.

Starting out

In Scotland, and I imagine, most other parts of the UK, we do a ‘Spring Clean’ for the new year. We clear away all the junk, the clutter and give our homes a good clean, to welcome in the New Year. My own mother used to say we couldn’t bring in the New Year in a dirty house.

Don’t be daunted!

If you live in a house larger than a matchbox and haven’t had a chance to do anything for a few weeks (or longer), the whole idea of a spring clean gets very daunting but don’t worry, it’s easy when you start.

Baby steps

Don’t look at it as a huge job. Take it in stages, one job at a time. Or, if you feel more adventurous, a room at a time. I tend to find that once you have the bathroom and kitchen out the way, everything else is easy.

Make a start

Start with the kitchen, it usually has the most to deal with.
1. Start with the cupboards, clear them out, throwing out the out of date stuff, giving them a quick clean
2. defrost your fridge and freezer, again throwing anything out you know has been in them for too long. Don't forget to put towels down on the floor in front of the fridge/freezer so you don't end up with a puddle on your floor
3. Clear and clean all counters, any other appliances and then it’s just the floor to do (I know, I make it sound so simple!)

At this point, you may wish a break, a coffee or lunch, whichever is closer. Then onwards and upwards!

The next hurdle

Bathrooms are often the yuckiest job. No one likes cleaning the toilet but go for it. A pair of gloves takes the worst out of cleaning the loo and it’s over in no time.
1. Wipes are a good way of cleaning the loo, and hygienic too
2. clean the bath as well (or shower, or both if you’re lucky enough to have them)
3. ditch any old toiletries you know are out of date or you never use. If they’ve never been used, find out whether a friend might like them
4. leaving the sink to last is good in that it’s generally the smallest task, the least horrible and fastest

No rest for the wicked!

Move on to the bedroom for a quick overhaul. Move the furniture (get help if you’ve a bad back or other complaints), hoover (or vacuum) under everything, dust, de-clutter. Be brutal.
1. Got a pile of old magazines, recycle or sell on EBay or some alternative, but get them out the house
2. Same for your wardrobe – unused clothes for recycling/charity or sales, let someone else benefit if you don’t wear it
3. Got any bits of general junk lying about, then as above

And finally, the end is nigh

Making the living room/sitting room/den your last stop means you can relax there when you’re done. Following on from the bedroom, go through everything, throwing out or recycling, or putting items for sale, be really firm with yourself. No one needs to keep every paper ever printed. I don’t believe in throwing out momentos, things we hold dear or anything with real sentimental value but keeping junk for the sake of it is just a waste of space, and space is becoming more and more valuable these days.

You don’t have to do all of this in one day. As stated earlier, baby steps. Do a room a day, or whatever you can.

When it’s done you will feel better. Everything will look and smell better and you will have much more space than you could have imagined.

Want to make your home smell even better? Why not bake some lovely scones – How to Make the Perfect Scone. What better a way to bring in the new year?

Best of luck, and Happy New Year!

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Blitz, Clean, Cleaning, Clear, De-Clutter, De-Clutter Kitchen, De-Frost, Home, House, How To, Neat, Spring Cleaning, Tidy

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author avatar Jerry Walch
30th Dec 2010 (#)

A good plan of attack. Divide and conquer.

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author avatar LOVERME
30th Dec 2010 (#)

hope people pay heed too

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author avatar Greenfaol
30th Dec 2010 (#)

Thanks guys, really appreciate the input :D Happy New Year :D

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author avatar christopheranton
30th Dec 2010 (#)

Just reading that makes me
feel tired.
Happy New Year.

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author avatar Denise O
31st Dec 2010 (#)

Excellent article my friend.
I hope you and yours have a wonderful and clean New Year.
Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Greenfaol
31st Dec 2010 (#)

Hiya,
Thanks for that. My first star page!!!! Jumping for joy :D Happy Hogmanay!

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author avatar Paul Lines
31st Dec 2010 (#)

Well done on the star which is very much deserved. Now... where do I start the declutter???

Happy new year

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author avatar Greenfaol
31st Dec 2010 (#)

Lol, thanks for that :D

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author avatar Emgee
6th Jan 2011 (#)

great way to start the New Year

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author avatar Greenfaol
6th Jan 2011 (#)

So true :D

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