TOP SPOTS TO SPRING-CLEAN
There are certain areas in most people’s homes that tend to be ignored for long periods of time.
Storage cupboards, spare rooms and garages are the main culprits for unnecessary clutter.
Spring is a great time of year for any kind of cleaning but it’s excellent for those areas you rarely use or even think about.
1. LINEN CUPBOARD
If you find yourself continuously rummaging around in your cupboard, shoving aside those scratchy sheets you hate, trying to find the ones you like, you need to do a cupboard audit.
This means emptying the cupboard and dividing it into two piles – ‘things you’ve used in the past year’ and ‘things you haven’t used in the past year’.
You don’t need to go crazy in the garden (unless you want to) but you should make the time to give it a bit of a tidy-up.
Throw away any dead plants, both from the ground and in pot plants. Prune away dead branches off trees, mow your lawn, sweep garden paths and porches and give your outdoor furniture a good scrub.
We’ve all had those moments where we read that canned chickpeas are the new superfood and then ran out bought seven cans of the stuff, only to forget about it a few days later.
Almost all of us have dozens of items in our cupboards that are way past their use-by dates or simply haven’t been used for some reason.
To combat this, empty your cupboards and divide your items into three piles – ‘in use’, ‘might use’ and ‘won’t use/expired’.
Once you’ve put your ‘might use’ products on this shelf, add a sticky label to the shelf with the date on it and give yourself six months to use up all the items. In six months’ time, whatever is left on the shelf gets thrown away.