Every 6 months to a year, it’s a good idea to have a quick scan of your wardrobe to see if there are old clothes in there that you should throw out. It may be hard to get rid of those clothes you’ve had forever for no other reason than “I’ve had this for a long time”, but you know it’s just useless clutter. Below is a handy little flow chart to help decide.
Is your home office beginning to look like Einstein’s Desk?
It might be time to go through and file away those documents and receipts, or recycle some old unimportant letters you forgot to get rid of. You could also use this time to manage your digital files on your computer, and create an efficient folder system instead of saving everything to the desktop.
It is almost guaranteed that at the back of the cupboard or bottom of the fridge, there is some old food that definitely needs to be thrown away. Not only that, you might have some mugs you never use or odd-one-out glasses that sit at the back untouched.
You don’t need to go as far as pulling out all the Tupperware and utensils, but even a quick look through the cupboards might remind you to finally throw out that container that has no lid.
While you’re at it, properly clean your stainless steel appliances, inside and out.
Before you really start cleaning however, it’s best to grab some microfiber cloths, because we’ve all had cleaning days were we go through tonnes of paper towels (which is no help to the environment), so by reusing those machine washable (and incredibly soft) cloths, you’re helping yourself and the planet.
A quick dusting of all surfaces, top to bottom, then giving the floor a good vacuum will make any room feel brand new and fresh. Start with the ceiling and ceiling fans, light fixtures, then the walls and lastly the baseboards.
Every once in a while, it’s recommended to give your windows a good, thorough clean. Add it to your spring cleaning list if required.
This is a massive task in itself. From throwing out those old empty bottles of shampoo and broken hair-ties, cleaning the shower and scrubbing the grout (or using a bleach pen to restore the original white grout colour). If you can’t get this done along with the other tasks, set aside one day in a coming weekend to buckle down and get it done.
Buy some new indoor plants to put around the house, and while you’re at it, buy a nice candle (or two, or three). The indoor plants below are great for high oxygen production.