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5 things I couldn’t spring clean without…

27th March 2018

We spent the last weekend giving the house a bit of a spring clean.  By spring clean I mean a full on decluttering session.  Honestly, we had too much stuff.  The kids had way too many toys that I spent hours of my life putting back in the boxes after they were emptied by one of them.  It was time for a serious declutter ready to create the cwtch corner for Macsen, Enfys and Anwen.  (And the older two of course, but it’s primarily for the younger 3.)

In order to make adequate space in my living room I knew things had to go and I was brutally ruthless.  At one point, Jim even asked if we were moving out.  In light of my success (I threw out 8 black bags of rubbish, 10 bags to the charity shop, a dining table and chairs and 3 bags of baby clothes to Jim’s friend who has recently had a baby) there are 5 things I couldn’t have done the job without. 

Help

This is the number one thing I could not have completed the job without.  I’m always the ringleader when it comes to decluttering the house but it generally is a team effort. I enlist the help of the older two with the younger 3 (have you ever tried decluttering with 3 under 5 around your ankles?), they also take it in turns to give us a hand if needed. 

Jim gets the heavy jobs.  The DIY stuff… you get the picture.  I do the organising and decide what we’re getting rid of.

Refuse sacks

You need a lot of refuse sacks… preferably the strong variety.  I couldn’t be bothered to keep things to eBay this time around.  I just wanted it gone so had one sack for charity shop stuff and one for the bin at all times. 

I despise things hanging around.  There are still 3 bags left to go to the charity shop but they are currently sat under the stairs.

Antibacterial Wipes

I gave up using dusters a long time ago, these days it tends to be antibac wipes or wet wipes.  The decluttering job would have been incredibly difficult without the wipes.  I wiped over the paintwork, the television, the toys, the shelves.  We even spot cleaned the floor with them.  Oh, and don’t forget wiping over the sofa. 

Antibacterial wipes are truly the best thing since sliced bread… really!

Coffee and water

I would not have got through the whole ground floor without coffee or water. I drank an unbelievable amount and I was also very hot and sweaty.  I needed to replace everything I was losing. 

Yes, if you have a long job like the whole ground floor then definitely keep up the water, even if you don’t want to stop for food.  If you know you’re not going to stop to eat, then make sure you have a hearty breakfast in the morning. 

Motivation

I don’t know about you, but some days I just lack the motivation to do things.  I would not have been able to complete this task without the help of my good friend (who very often deserts me), Motivation.  She is the one thing that you need more than anything (well, except water… and maybe food) to complete a big job.  If you don’t have motivation then it’s probably best not to start the job until you do feel motivated. 

 Do you have anything that’s a complete must-have for a spring clean?

 

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Ami throughamiseyes
    5th April 2018 at 8:31 pm

    I love this!!! I am such a cleaning freak and love nothing more than a good organise and clean 🙂

    • Reply
      Beth Davidson
      14th April 2018 at 10:35 am

      It was a great spring clean. I have upstairs to sort out now. 🙁

  • Reply
    Siobhan | The Baby Boat Diaries
    5th April 2018 at 8:13 pm

    My house is in desperate need of a decluttering session! But 2 under 3 is making this impossible! I am getting what I can done… so it’s little and often here! xxx

    • Reply
      Beth Davidson
      14th April 2018 at 10:36 am

      It’s usually little and often with me but that day I just went for it. Despite the amount we got rid of my house still feels incredibly cluttered.

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    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl
    4th April 2018 at 5:56 pm

    I’m starting my big spring clean soon so this has been helpful! It’s time to get the house gutted and decor refreshed. The motivation is a big one for Me, lately I’ve just not had the get up and go. We live on detol wipes in this house, the antibacterial wipes are super handy.

    • Reply
      Beth Davidson
      14th April 2018 at 10:37 am

      The get up and go is the hardest part to find. I’m terrible for lacking in that. I’m glad you found it helpful. 🙂

  • Reply
    Jenny
    4th April 2018 at 9:32 am

    I hate doing a big spring clean but I always feel so much better when it’s done! I swear by antibacterial wipes too!

    • Reply
      Beth Davidson
      14th April 2018 at 10:40 am

      I feel amazing once it’s done too… I think it’s just the initial thought of it, isn’t it?

  • Reply
    Laura Haley
    3rd April 2018 at 10:22 pm

    Sounds like you’ve been so productive! I love a good declutter.

    • Reply
      Beth Davidson
      14th April 2018 at 10:44 am

      Oooh me too… I hate starting but feel amazing once it’s done. 🙂

  • Reply
    Ger (It's Me & Ethan)
    3rd April 2018 at 9:01 am

    Antibacterial wipes are the best. I’d be lost without them. Motivation is my hardest thing to find and when I eventually find it ,I lose it quickly enough I reckon ya can’t live without bleach for the toilets ! And those amazing shower clean sprays !

    • Reply
      Beth Davidson
      14th April 2018 at 10:48 am

      Oooh, I love bleach… I love nothing more than to give my floors a good bleaching… not that it stays clean for long mind. Haha!

  • Reply
    Rachel
    2nd April 2018 at 7:47 pm

    Gosh I so need a spring clean. Defo agree that help is essential!!

    • Reply
      Beth Davidson
      2nd April 2018 at 7:52 pm

      Oh it was. I couldn’t have done it without help.

  • Reply
    Kerry norris
    2nd April 2018 at 7:09 pm

    Haha defo agree to the coffee. I am obsessed with anti bacterial wipes. I find them so handy. I’m hoping to do a spring clean of the toy room this half term

    • Reply
      Beth Davidson
      2nd April 2018 at 7:43 pm

      Oh yes, the wipes were unbelievably useful. I wiped EVERYTHING with them. I do have another family pack on order! Haha! I hope you get the spring clean of your toy room done.

  • Reply
    Mandi
    30th March 2018 at 5:18 pm

    I love a good de-clutter and Spring clean but it is so hard to keep the house uncluttered! I agree with having lots of packs of anti-bacterial wipes I use them on everything!

    • Reply
      Beth Davidson
      2nd April 2018 at 7:44 pm

      I can’t keep my house clutter free, it honestly drives me around the bend. I suppose that’s something that happens when there’s lots of you in one house. Haha!

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