FRESH START FOR SPRING
IT’S TIME TO THROW OPEN THE DOORS, LET IN SOME FRESH AIR AND SEND A SEASON’S WORTH OF CLUTTER PACKING
Spring is a celebration of pretty pastels and vases full of fresh flowers ... and your cue to spring clean. While buying blooms may be slightly more exciting then steaming the carpets, Fantastic Furniture national visual merchandising manager Craig Evans says a strategic approach takes the pain out of the traditional tidy-up.
“Clutter can accumulate throughout the winter months spent indoors and spring is the perfect opportunity for an interior refresh, cleaning out the corners for the new season ahead,” he says.
“To avoid feeling overwhelmed by the task ahead, tackle each room separately.
“Breaking it down room by room will enable you to feel more in control of the job and to pace yourself. You may not complete the whole house in a day, but you can tick each room off as a project in itself and feel as though you are achieving your goal.”
Craig also recommends conducting a room audit.
“We often learn to live with our mess and it literally becomes part of the furniture,” he says.
“Before you start to clear up, take a long hard look at the room with the eye of an outsider. Look for anything that is unnecessary and that has no use and then make a start.
“Sort like items with like – gather magazines, ornaments, toys, shoes, clothes and so on, and place in piles. Once sorted, it’s easier to decide whether it goes or stays. Be tough and let go of old stuff. The rule still applies – if you haven’t worn it for a year, then donate it to charity. If it’s old and worn, throw it out. Re-gift unused gifts or sell them online.
“There is so much mental clarity and peace of mind that can be gained from opening up space in your home.”
Smart storage also makes light work of a spring clean.
“From built-in wardrobe inserts, shoe stackers, to shelving units, there is a huge range of storage options available,” Craig says.
“Once you have cleared out the old clothes and shoes from your wardrobe, then invest in modular wardrobe units. Modular shelving units are a great choice to store and display books, ornaments, DVDs and photographs.”