I’m the type of person who chirrups on about Spring from the first day the frost fails to cover the ground. I long to throw open the windows, given everything a fresh lick of paint and generally scrub the place. I make endless lists of what I want to achieve and quite honestly I’ve got the time. But that time is useless when the toddler is scooping the bunny out of it’s pen by the neck every time my back is turned or at 5.30pm I’m passing out with exhaustion at the dinner table. So I’ve developed a five minute method that helps me achieve at least something.
The hardest part for me is starting, the second hardest is keeping going. So I set a timer for 5 minutes and give myself a talking to, something along the lines of ‘I know you don’t want to but it’s only 5 minutes, you can cope with 5 minutes, it’ll be over soon, there there.’ and I force myself to begin whatever the task is and I must not stop within those 5 minutes. It’s amazing what you can achieve in 5 focused minutes and it’s usually a short enough time period to occupy/pacify my toddler. When the 5 minutes is up I set another 5 minutes on the clock where I can have a break, boil the kettle, skip to the next episode of Paw Patrol etc. I then repeat the process for as long as I can, usually by the second or third round I’ve entered into the rhythm of cleaning and when the timer goes I just carry on. It may seem ridiculous to those of you with greater self discipline than I, but it truly works for me. Maybe it could help you too?
Whilst gathering motivation for this years Spring clean I reached out on Instagram for some top tips, here are a few gems from people who’s houses are most probably cleaner than mine…
‘Whatever you do it’s gotta be with the windows thrown wide open!’ – Charlotte, @charlotte_h_wood
‘Lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda, and put the lemons in your dishwasher once you’ve used them.’ – Rhoda, @rhodamacpherson
‘A little baking soda sprinkled in the sink and some castille soap are perfect for cleaning up the sink. Just give it a good scrub with a brush and rinse!’ – Rebecca, @interiorvine
‘It’s all about having the power tunes on for motivation!!!’ – @theselfishstartupco
‘My tip would be not to focus ONLY on getting rid of things, but also getting the RIGHT things.’ – Erica, @thehyggewife
‘Put citrus peels in a jar of white vinegar for a few days and then strain them out, add lemon essential oil and mix with water in a spray bottle for a natural all-purpose cleaner.’ – Libby, @libthom
These are only a handful of the useful suggestions I received, head on over to my Instagram post and have a mosey on through the comments for more!
Wishing you much joy and motivation for your own Spring cleans!