I meant to make a spring cleaning post earlier, but somehow it got lost in all the Christmas preparations.
This spring I did my best to make my way through the house, but there are still a few areas in need to assistance, but I’ve decided I might have to leave them until I’m off for Christmas.
Why do we spring clean? In our house, we use it to declutter, clean up and hopefully start the next year without the excess baggage. Having said this, although spring is almost over I still have time to get through our garage, books and hopefully cull the kitchen pantry again (it’s the hardest part of our house to stay on top of).
Psychologists say we struggle with clutter, it makes us anxious, distracted and uneasy in our own environments, and I can concur. Whenever I have been studying I couldn’t focus if the room was untidy, I kept looking around the house thinking if I clear that up, or I would clean up little bits instead of actually getting the work done, I even have trouble being in the house when it’s a mess – I find I have two options; clean it or get out until I can. There’s a reason there’s such a minimalist movement going on these days, we feel comfortable in spaces where we have a trending concept called hygge – a Danish word used to describe a mood of comfiness, cosiness and wellbeing. We buy homewares to make the house feel cosy and homely, and some of us are even going for a more minimalist look with basic furniture and decorative items to avoid clutter.
In our house, we have managed to acquire the feeling of cosiness for the most part, but we still have more clutter than I would like. I would love to rehome some items in our living room, some speakers we no longer want, and we have a pile of DVD’s we never watch that we have some kind of attachment to. I also have a box of CD’s in one of our wardrobes that I haven’t used for several years now, as we have Spotify we no longer have the need to get them out, but I guess there is always that worry that one day we might not have those sorts of services anymore, then what will we do about the music we spent our money on? I have similar issues in my wardrobe too. I recently went through all of my clothes, threw aside things I no longer want for donation, and made a pile of things to go in the bin, and packed the rest away in some sort of order. However, I found there were a few things I kept that I no longer wear, that I only wore once or twice that I spent a lot of money on that I would probably not wear again. Why do we do this? It’s only taking up space, like the CD’s, but why do we feel so attached to these possessions?
I have an aspiration to have each room without clutter, without things we don’t need or use, to look comfy and cosy, and without distractions. It’s such a hard thing to do when we have so many decorative items requiring a space to be displayed on, but is there any point in storing dust collectors? So far I have culled the two spare room wardrobes, I have culled my wardrobe (which could be culled further but I need someone to help me make a few decisions – sometimes a third party is necessary), I have culled our kitchen, sorted the linen cupboard, tidied the bathrooms and we bought new furniture to lighten the house a little, and make it look less dated.
On the to-do list:
- Organise the files – this may be one of the easiest jobs I can do, and I will post on this later, there are so many things we have to keep, I feel as though our “expand-a-file” is not big enough as I have over a box full of things (which does include our resume/portfolios for work)
- Cull clutter in the lounge room
- Sort/cull/prioritise books
- Sort the garage – we are holding onto a couch for family members in there, we have items from our wedding in there that I have been holding now for two years, it’s time to get rid of everything we no longer need in there
- Prepare a space for the Christmas decorations to be stored – including suitable tubs to keep them in
- Clean up the yard – this doesn’t entail much as we have such a small yard, but our patio could do with a clean, and the weeds need cutting on the strip of grass out the back
There’s nothing like going on holidays from work and starting the new year with a tidy surrounding, in time to start all our new years’ resolutions. That’s right it’s almost time to start rehashing those again.
Although I would never have considered that we have a “spring cleaning routine” I guess just decluttering is it for us. I think with all the hype around spring cleaning it’s a prompt or reminder to get it underway, and it gives us a good time period in which to do so. If you can’t sort through the trouble areas in your house in 3 months, when can you?