Before you get the wrong idea – I feel like such a hypocrite writing a post that focuses on cleaning and tidying. Housework and I have had a very up and down relationship over the years, but I would say that at the moment we are definitely on an ‘up’. I think it is largely due to the fact that our home is no longer the building site it once was, and I can actually see a difference when I do clean and tidy. I get so much satisfaction sitting on the sofa at the end of the day with a hoovered carpet and no toys in sight.
I am an opportunist cleaner. I don’t set aside a day, an afternoon or even a couple of hours a week to clean. I just do it as and when I can. If I see a window or mirror that needs cleaning, I try to do it straight away, I’ll clean the bathroom when the boys are in the bath, or hoover when Jared is getting the boys ready for bed. It’s all very random, but it’s the only way I can keep on top of things. It’s definitely a bad day if there are toys out at the end of the day, and the washing up isn’t done before we go to bed! I hate coming down in the morning to mess.
I have been enjoying the slow transition from winter to spring, and here are a few things I’ve been doing to get our home ready for spring…and a new baby – of course!
Flowers and plants indoors
Discovering how happy having flowers and plants in the house make me is a fairly recent discovery. They liven everything around me, add beauty, as well as improve air quality. I would have scores more if we had the space.
Clean and open the windows
I often wonder why I ever clean the bay window in our house because the boys use it almost daily as a space ship, a boat or as a stage. It constantly has finger prints on it, but there is no denying that looking out of a clean window is the best. I also love ‘letting air’ into the house – even if it’s freezing cold outside. Jared can usually be found closing them behind me!
I love decluttering and have been doing a lot over the last few weeks…but there are still a few ‘problem areas’ in our house that I am determined to tackle. I always have a bag on the go for the charity shop, a shelf for things that I need to give back to people and a basket for things that need to go in the loft. I really like everything to have a place and I try so hard to keep clutter at bay.
Get some DIY jobs done
DIY in our house seems to cease during winter. I blame it on dark nights and shorter days…but that is probably an excuse. Recently I wrote a list of all the little jobs that need doing in each room and we’re hoping to get started on them over the next few weeks. The other day I ordered some blinds and replaced some light bulbs. Small steps – but it felt so good!
Wash the carpets
I think carpets take a bit of a battering during the hibernation of winter and they can start to look a little grubby. This is another opportunist task – just seeing a mark and dealing with it. Our bedroom one in particular needs a bit of TLC. It’s on our list for spring.
Using uplifting scents
Winter is for deeper, cosy and woody scents, but I love surrounding myself with uplifting essential oils like bergamot, lemon, grapefruit and lavender at this time of year. Burning them, spraying them and bathing with them.