If your home is still wearing some of the chaos from Christmas and Summer, then the Easter break is the perfect excuse to bring some calm and order to your home. Try and enlist some help from your children who will be on school holidays and have some spare time on their hands.
Here are my top 10 tips for your Easter tidy up:
1: Declutter. Removing extra items from around the house is a great first step. This should involve putting things in the bin or for donation as well as returning items to where they belong.
2: Start cleaning. This is not your regular cleaning but the things that need to be done periodically. You can choose to do this by task – ie wash all the walls in the house or by room so all the additional dusting and cleaning is done for one room. The key is to break it down in to small tasks.
3: Clean outside: jobs such as washing your windows and doors and cleaning the gutters are big jobs to tick off.
4: Clean your front door: this may sound odd but your front door is how you welcome people to your home. Remove any dead or tired plants, remove cobwebs, wash the door and ensure you make a great first impression. Consider wiping the door frame over with an essential oil such as lavender to give it a clean, fresh smell when people arrive.
5: Tackle the pantry and fridge: these are places that become messy over time and you need to sort through them to remove out of date products and also to ensure you know what is in there that needs using up.
6: Bathroom: the cupboards are a great place to start. Items like makeup have very short lives and we should regularly sort through and clean these out. Also spring clean all the walls using oil of cloves to reduce mould and be sure to clean out the fan.
7: Clothes: Many of us hang on to items that are old and worn or no longer fit. Be ruthless and get rid of these. Ask a friend to help if you don’t think you can make the decisions on your own.
8: Hit the laundry room. The cupboards are classic spaces for items to accumulate. You should consider cleaning your washing machine – both inside and out to help it run well.
9: Sort the paper. Despite living in a digital age, we still accumulate lots of paper from bills, statements and the like. Spend some time working through this and determining what you need to keep and what you can throw out.
10: Maintain your good work. Take a photo of the rooms now that they are clean and tidy to motivate yourself to keep it like this.
I hope that you have a go at a big tidy up and all done by Easter Sunday ready to enjoy some quality time with your family and naturally you will need to reward yourself with some chocolate.