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on win­dow sills. For a last­ing clean, Kat ad­vo­cates cre­at­ing rou­tines and us­ing check­lists.

“As you’re do­ing the spring clean­ing, instead of mak­ing it one huge job ev­ery year, main­tain it ev­ery cou­ple of months,” she says. “I have a clean­ing check­list and it has things on it to do ev­ery day — it could be as sim­ple as wip­ing over the bath­room sink to get rid of the tooth­paste splat­ters, wip­ing over the benches in the kitchen — things that you do fort­nightly as well as monthly, quar­terly and yearly.

“It’s all about bal­anc­ing it out be­cause most of us don’t want to spend all our time clean­ing — we want to en­joy time with the fam­ily as well.”

Once you’ve got your head around clean­ing, Kat Springer, from The Or­gan­ised Housewife, says you should start to or­gan­ise at the same time.“If all the cup­boards need a good clean out, we do need to re­move ev­ery­thing, to wipe away dust be­cause it does set­tle and it can get into all those cup­boards,” she says. “But it’s also a good op­por­tu­nity to or­gan­ise it, and to fold up all those tow­els and sheets prop­erly in the linen cup­board that seem to get squished in be­cause some fam­ily mem­bers don’t like to fold.”Kat runs an on­line com­mu­nity of more than 3000 peo­ple who are cur­rently do­ing a 20-day chal­lenge to clean ev­ery­thing in their home, from cor­nices to dust

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