Spring is a wonderful month for new beginnings. There’s nothing like throwing back the curtains and opening up the windows in spring to let in some of that beautiful warm revitalising sunlight after a few months of winter hibernation.
Spring generally also brings with it the desire to clean and refresh your interiors. It’s not called ‘Spring cleaning’ for nothing, right?! So what are the key jobs that need our attention now that September is here? There was no better person for haven magazine to sit down with than uber-blogger Kat Springer who is The Organised Housewife. Based on the Gold Coast, Kat has almost 490,000 Facebook followers all eager for her clever tips and tricks to help you be a little more organised in life.
The Organised Housewife’s tips for spring organisation…
- Clean your ceiling fans. They have been still over winter and therefore have been gathering dust. Clean the dust off before you turn them on this spring so you don’t scatter that dust all through your home.
- Brighten up your lounge room. Store away the winter throw blankets and add some bright spring colours with cushions and accessories to freshen up the lounge room.
- Declutter your cookbook collection. Put away your winter cookbooks – those featuring casseroles, slow cooker meals and hot desserts – as you won’t use them in the warmer months.
- Declutter your kitchen cupboards. During winter we use big pots and pans, slow cookers etc. If you don’t use these in the warmer months, then store them away so your cupboards are less cluttered.
- Sort through your pantry. Over winter we stock up on winter-type foods such as soups, canned goods for casseroles etc. Now is the time to create a weekly meal plan to use up all the left over winter foods.
- Clean windows. Clean away any dust and dirt that has built up on the window sills, blinds and windows over winter. You don’t want to open the windows and have all the dirt blow into the house.
- Sort through kids artwork. Keep a few pieces that you treasure and bite the bullet to purge the rest. If you find this hard you can scan or photograph the kids’ artwork and keep them on file, or display them in a digital photo frame.
- Clean the fridge. Clean away the smells from your fridge by giving it a thorough clean. Check expiry dates on all products you are storing, then fill up with fresh fruit and vegetables.
- Use spare moments of time. Don’t feel overwhelmed by your spring cleaning to-do list as many things can take just a few minutes to do. Why not have some wipes on hand so you can quickly grab them and clean an area while you are on hold on the phone, during a TV ad break or while you are waiting for dinner to finish cooking.
- Have a fashion parade. This is the perfect time of year to sort through the kids’ clothes, hand down or donate clothes that no longer fit anymore, store away winter clothes and tidy up their cupboards.
- Improve your routines. If you are finding that mornings are chaotic, work out what the trigger is (eg. no time to put out the washing or make school lunches). Reassess your evening and morning routines to help create more time. Perhaps make lunches the evening before or put the washing machine on the evening before so you have more time in the mornings to put your clothes on the line.
- Create a family fun list. Spring weekends provide a great opportunity for the family to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. Create a list of ideas so when the weekend comes around you can easily decide what you are going to do.
- Start thinking about Christmas. Yes, it’s true. To save the rush at Christmas time, start planning your Christmas gift budget now and start purchasing gifts for your loved ones when you see them on sale. Use The Organised Housewife’s Christmas Planner to help organise, plan, prioritise, set budgets, create gift lists, card lists, plan your meals and so much more. This year’s planner has been given a fresh new look with some new pages added. The Christmas Planner is available in Kat’s shop as an instant download so you can start organising today.
Kat’s Cleaning Tips
With spring cleaning on the agenda this month, we asked The Organised Housewife blogger Kat Springer to share her best tips for cleaning. Here they are:
- Put on some music: This helps you to work faster while you skip along to the beat.
- I put on my gym clothes: I find I can be a little slow and lazy when in track pants.
- Start in the shower and loo, allowing your cleaning product to sit and soak while you clean the rest of the house.
- Have a cleaning kit on hand and carry it around the house with you so you have everything you need. This will save loads of time. Search “My Cleaning Kit” on my website for my full list of essential inclusions.
- Have the family help you. Before you start cleaning ask them to make their beds, tidy up their toys etc
- Don’t use a duster as this spreads the dust, use a microfibre cloth to remove it first swipe.
If all else fails, sign up to The Organised Housewife’s very popular “20 Days to Organise and Clean Your Home” online challenge on her websote. It will help keep you on track and get your cleaning jobs done so that when summer comes around, all you have to think about on the weekends is which beach you’ll visit!