How to do a quick spring time tidy up

I was in a bit of muddle this month over my latest content that I wanted to bring you. Travelling a lot for my new role and my daughter having commissioned my camera for a few weeks has meant that getting my monthly post out was going to be a challenge. However I was doing a bit of quick “spring clean” this weekend and I thought why don’t I just share a what I am doing.

So this post is not about a big spring clean, but rather how to bring your home out of the winter funk with a few simply tidying tips. Many of you busy people out there would hopefully appreciate this and in fact you can do this for any seasonal change. My quick spring time tidy up is a mix of cleaning and tidying up that you can easily do in a couple of hours and makes a big difference quickly and easily.

We are not talking about a big spring clean feast here, I mean who has the time to be washing down every inch of the house!!. And actually I am not a big fan of spring cleaning which is why I avoid it by doing zone cleaning. If you want to check out what that is about and how I do that , then you need to check out my Spring Cleaning the House - How I avoid it post.

Any who …back to this post, this is all about doing a quick run through the house to make it feel a bit fresher for spring when you really have little time.


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Clean window sills

Try as we might , the winter time is not always a great time to be always keeping the house clean, so there are often areas of the home that get neglected. The window sills are one of those areas and can get a bit grotty with dust, dirt and moisture. I had a couple of windows sills that are in regular view and I gave them a quick clean down and it made such a difference.

You don’t have to do all sills at once, just those that you look at often, those that are in your line of sight, like in front of the kitchen sink. If you want to clean all the sills then just aim to do a a couple each weekend.

Freshen up your house plants

This isn’t a big job either, if you have house plants why not give them a spring make over!!!. Next time you water and feed them just cut off any dead leaves, give the pots a bit of a clean or maybe report them into a new one for spring. It may also be a good time to rearrange where they are displayed as they may need a bit more sunlight on them after the long winter days.

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Clean down your Front Door

Yep this may seen a bit old school, but actually makes a big difference. And in fact I often clean down my front door and entrance way. I simply give the outside and inside of my front door a good clean down, get rid of the winter grime off the door. Make sure that you don’t forget the front step. I just use my general cleaner, which is a mix of vinegar and water. However if you have got a lot of grime and dirt a better option is a bucket of warm soapy water, here you can use your dish wash liquid, it should do the trick

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Spring decor on your dinning Table

This doesn’t need to be flash and over the top, just something simple, like flowers or nice candles. I often like to have fresh herbs in pots for my “spring decor”. This spring I have just used my candles from my winter decor and placed them in my glass cake stand and put some potted herbs in a basket. It’s a quick and easy and useful spring look.

If you are after some real inspiration for check out my seasonal decor Pinterest board.

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Create some spring scent

Fresh flowers are the best if you can get some. Those with a garden, cut some from the garden like Daffodils, Crocus, Lily of the Valley etc. Your local produce shop should have some lovely spring flowers. Our local Simply Fresh always has great flowers.

Also get your diffuser going with a few drops of lemon essential oil , it’s a lovely spring scent. Maybe splash out on some oil diffusers or new candles .

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Tidy up one area

Choose one area in your house that has been bothering you for a while and give it a bit of a tidy up. Over winter I have gathered some bits and pieces on my craft table that I just could’t be bothered putting away. So I took ten minutes and sorted everything out and put everything away. I also cleaned down the table and what a difference it made….all tidy and clean and fresh.

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Now I have done all this on a Saturday morning, so it’s not a big deal, in fact it only took a couple of hours (I farted around a bit with my pot plants). And it has already made me feel more spring like and the home feels a bit fresher and ready to welcome in the spring.

Ok so the windows need a good clean outside, however I have a plan for those ….Pete……!!! Honey……can you please!!!

Some other quick tips

  • Change your duvet cover for a more spring feel. Wash all your bed linen and hang on the line. Nothing better than linen that has been out in the fresh air.

  • Open up the windows in this house - get some fresh air flowing through

  • Clean your shoes . I just throw my casual sneakers that I wear in the weekend in the wash, good as new.

There you have it, 6 quick things to do to get your home feeling fresh and ready to welcome in the spring. I am sure that you could come up with your own quick clean and tidy steps, just remember it doesn’t have to be a big spring clean.

Happy Spring My Tidies

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Bathroom organization - How to declutter and organize your drawers

It’s early morning and the sun has not even bothered to show yet and you are not even sure that you are awake! Leaning over to get the toilet paper and you realise there is none, nor is there any in hand reach …..so there you are finally realising that you have to sort out your bathroom organisation coz this can’t happen again. You have also gotten sick of hunting through all the junk in the drawers to find toothpaste that’s not empty….and what about your make up…..is it a complete riot? It’s time to get your bathroom drawers and cabinets into ship shape, so if that is you then this post is perfect. I’ll take you , step by step, through how to go from chaos to calm and have functional and beautifully organised drawers and cabinets. So lets get into it.

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What you will need

  • Empty containers -old storage boxes, bowls/ice cream containers whatever that you have lying around.

  • General cleaner and cleaning cloths

  • Measuring tape

  • Note paper and pencil

Clear and sort

Just to give you a sense of what we are tackling, here are the before pics of both my bathroom drawers.

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First rule of organising is to start with a clear space. Empty out everything from all your drawers. Please don’t miss this step as you will end up in a mess again, take it from me , I’ve learnt from experience.

But before you just simply throw everything onto the floor and bench top STOP , go and get your self some containers , these will be used for sorting you things into categories.

The plan for the containers is to place like items together, i.e you are categorising as you go, this makes life a lot easier when it comes to working out how you want things organised when you place things back into the drawers.

I just used these storage boxes that I had in the linen cupboard unused. They are actually great to have on hand as they easily fold up and store away.

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You will see in my clear out, I have organised the items into these main groupings;

  • Face and make up - for me

  • Oral care/Manicure and Pedicure kit

  • Eye care

  • Supplies (soaps/scrubbers/gloves/headtowels/toilet paper)

  • Medications

  • Hair products/Hair Equipment

At this point I also make a point of getting rid of any items that are passed their used by date. This applies particularly to make up, just get rid of half used or old products that haven’t been used for a while. To help with knowing what to keep and for how long here are a couple of handy guides that I found;

Cleaning

Now that you have everything out, give the inside of the drawers a good clean out. I just used my trusty general cleaner and the paste for hard to shift dirt. If you want to get the recipes for my cleaners just complete the form below to receive it straight into your inbox. Also you can check out my post on my DIY cleaning products.

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planning & organising

Now that you have everything all cleaned and shinny it’s time to have fun planning out how you want to sort and organise everything. To illustrate the best approach to this I’ll just take you through how I worked through this for my drawers.

For me there were a couple of main things I wanted to improve in how things were organised in my drawers, being the toilet paper, my makeup, Pete’s stuff and my hair stuff. So the toilet paper needed to be sorted at end of the drawer closest to the loo. This meant that if I ever ran out while on the loo , I could just reach into the drawer and grab some more. My makeup needed to be in a more portable container as I take it out of the drawer everyday. In relation to Pete’s stuff, he needed his own section of the drawer so he knows which was his, and lastly my hair stuff just needed to be better contained and sorted out.

I decided to keep the items in the same drawers they came from, so the top drawer to have all daily items and bottom one everything else, including supplies on hand.

At this point I get my pencil, notebook and tape measure out to start working out how to fit everything in. To start I roughly map out on a page how the drawers will be divided up with the containers that I want to use.

Then measuring the length and width of the drawers helps to work out what containers will fit in. At this point I also look at containers that I can reuse from around the house rather than buy new ones. If you are going to buy containers make sure that you know their measurements so they will fit into the drawers. Also make sure that all bathroom containers will need to be water proof and easy to clean.

Apart from the practical aspects to the storage containers, you can really personalise a space with the type of colours and styles of the containers……so why not make it pretty. As an example get a nice pattern or colour drawer liner to place under clear containers. In my drawers I have just used a white non slip liner so the containers will not move around. Tip: secure the liners with Museum putty.

It may take a few goes at getting the containers best placed, have a play around to see what works best. I often find that what I have planned out does not always work well so have to change it up a bit to get it right.

Also think about other ways to contain your items. As an example, I am using make up bags to store my hand and nail products and hair accessories, as I often take these items out of the bathroom.

THE Reveal

So here we have it , the big reveal of both the drawers, all organized and sorted.

Having measured and mapped out the organizing plan, I placed the various containers in empty first. I did end up moving things around a bit to get things sorted how I wanted them and more importantly functionally

The top drawer is now divided into two sides, one is for Pete and the other for me. So no more mixing up toothbrushes !!! eeewww.

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I have kept the spaces as clear as possible as this makes is more useful when getting things in and out everyday. In terms of a great find, my new makeup container has worked out perfectly. The problem that I had was that the old container was actually big and had no handle. Now I have a much smaller and lighter container, with a handle and it still fits everything in it.

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My bottom drawer, below now is a pleasure to open and I can reach the loo paper from the toilet seat!!! boom!!. I have to say I love the cosmetic cases that I used here, one has all my Manicure and Pedicure things and the other all my hair accessories and products. Having these in cases actually means that I can easliy take them in and out of the drawer and have everything I need in one container!! perfect for when you are sitting styling your hair in front of the bedroom mirror.

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Thats a wrap folks!!! My bathroom drawers are sparkling clean, tidied, organized and decluttered…yip they bring me joy!

So lets summarise what I have done and what would be the key take outs for you, to help get your drawers sorted and ready for spring or autum …..I’m not hemispherist!


wrap up

My most important comment here would be that these organising sessions do not have to take long and so don’t let the “overwhelm” get in your way- break each step down and do each of them then before you know it you too have finished the job.

Three key things to remember when doing these sessions are;

  • Clear and Clean

  • Declutter and categorise

  • Plan and organize

And handy hint , the more you do the better and faster you get!

Well I hope that you found this little post useful and maybe even given you some inspiration.

Ohhh I can’t say goodbye without my top tips;

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Tania’s top tips;

Tip 1 - like for like - as you go through the decluttering process , categorise like for like.

Tip 2 - Clean - always take the time to clean any space once you have it empty

Tip 3 - Reuse - don’t always buy new containers, shop you home first and try and use what you have at home. Saves money and the environment.

Be Tidy out there ……until next time my dears

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