Spring clean­ing sea­son is here so grab your bucket and kick­start your rou­tine, writes

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Daf­fodils are bloom­ing and lambs are gam­bolling, which can only mean one thing – spring clean­ing sea­son is of­fi­cially here.

Get­ting started can of­ten be the hard­est part, so here are a few tips and tricks to make the whole process a lit­tle eas­ier.

Be pre­pared

There’s noth­ing worse than run­ning out of paper tow­els when you’re half­way through clean­ing your win­dows. So, be­fore you get started, make sure you have ev­ery­thing you need on hand so that you can work as ef­fi­ciently as pos­si­ble. Stock up on rub­bish bags, stor­age boxes and all man­ner of clean­ing prod­ucts – rub­ber gloves, sponges and scrub­bing brushes and a good all-pur­pose cleaner – so you don’t have to run out to the shops once you get into the swing of things. Put ev­ery­thing you need in a clean bucket you can carry from room to room, so you’re not con­stantly run­ning back and forth.

Start small

We get it – un­less you’re one of those types who looks for­ward to a big clean (and good on you if you are) the prospect of clean­ing your en­tire home from top to bot­tom – no mat­ter how big or small it might be – can be se­ri­ously daunt­ing. In­stead, it might be a bet­ter ap­proach to tell your­self that you’re only go­ing to con­cen­trate on one room at a time – or, if even that feels a bit over­whelm­ing – one drawer or cup­board at a time. Fin­ish each space be­fore you move on to the next one and be re­al­is­tic – it’s un­likely you’re go­ing to get through your whole home in one day.

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Give your glass a thor­ough clean in­side and out. Fin­ish by leav­ing your win­dows open to let in the fresh spring air.

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