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

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - HOMES -

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.”

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