I love this time of the year. It feels like nature is waking up and giving me a shove up the derriere to get on with things!
Have you noticed how words beginning with ‘re’ become very popular in Spring? Every newspaper and magazine article starts telling us to refresh, revamp, renew, remodel and, of course, the dreaded Spring Clean tips and lists pop up everywhere.
Earlier this year I had the pleasure of helping a client get out of a pickle. She had a fantastic cleaner who was employed weekly for a couple of hours. After each session, although the house was clean, it just didn't look like the cleaner had actually been! My client longed for that amazing feeling she used to get. She'd come home after the cleaner had been and felt so calm and able to really enjoy her home.
She thought maybe she needed the cleaner for more hours. So she doubled her cleaning hours but it didn't make any difference. This is when I got the call. Cue my entrance and the sound of the calvary. Apparently that's the sound effect I come with!!!
Anyway, cleaners are amazing and do a fantastic job, but they are not magicians. They can't magic stuff away - if there's lots of stuff in your house, it makes it harder to clean and things will never look organised or give you that calm feeling of space.
There's no getting away from it, the basic principles to getting clean, Spring or not, is that you have to declutter first. By doing this there's less stuff to get in the way.
With my client, we attacked the piles of clutter together and donated numerous things to charity. In two sessions we managed to create the home she longed for. Not only did we find some long-forgotten birthday vouchers in one of those piles but, importantly, she got that ‘just cleaned feeling' back in her house - without the cleaner!
So get cracking! Please don't stress over Spring cleaning or magazine lists of how to create perfection! Reduce your stuff and you will reduce your stress.
See this as an opportunity to refresh the space you have. If you think like this, sorting your stuff will be relativity easy. If you only have a limited amount of time don't panic, just do a bit. Choose a category or area of stuff and get stuck in. This could be your clothes or maybe your magazines. Maybe it’s a room you could tackle or, if that freaks you out, it could be just be a drawer - just get going!
If you just can't face sorting out any of those piles and problem areas on your own, give me a call and we can do it together. Remember, I love doing what you hate doing! Cleaner or no cleaner, after a visit from me you will have a renewed space and you will definitely see and feel the difference. End of the trumpet blowing!!!