There are many possible origins to the term ‘Spring Cleaning’. A quick search on Google will uncover most of them.
But my very favourite, and the one I always use as my point of reference dates back to prehistoric times.
“Spring cleaning origins probably most date back to prehistory, and represent the time when it was easiest to conduct a good cleaning of living spaces. Extra light allowed people additional time to truly see the messy state of their caves, huts, or teepees. Warmer weather also meant that people could get things thoroughly dry.” (Source: WISEGEEK)
Home’s have grown from the one-room-cave they used to be. Many have also grown past the two-up two-down’s of the 1900’s.
When it comes to spring-cleaning, it’s a case of blitzing a cave at a time.
The Hubby’s favourite cave is the garage. Mine is the kitchen.
And that’s where I’ll start this Spring.
I’m not sure a family kitchen can be minimal. Surely mine couldn’t be described as such?
There are a lot of cupboards in my kitchen. And that leads onto the next stage in the spring clean and decluttering process.
I’ll be working my way through a cupboard at a time. If I wait for the opportune time to do it all, it won’t happen. There never is that ‘perfect’ time, just small windows of opportunity. It’s all about breaking the decluttering down into manageable tasks. One reason we procrastinate when it comes to decluttering is because it can be overwhelming. It can also be time-consuming. Make it easy on yourself. Get started, build momentum. Be realistic in what can be achieved in the time you have to spare.
‘It doesn’t matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop’ Confucius.
I’m an advocate of taking it a drawer at a time. It’s worked well for me previously.
I’ll also be dealing with the tops of my cupboards, which seem to be breeding cake-decorating paraphernalia. Typically I try not to store things (whether they be classed as clutter or not) in high places. Last year I read an excellent book called ‘Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui’ by Karen Kingston. Karen suggests storing things in this way, can have an oppressive effect. Even causing physical headaches.
(At some-point I’ll tell you all about my loft at my previous house, but that’s for another day.)
And I may be incorporating a top tip from The Perfect Housewife herself, Anthea Turner:
“Gaps between the top of your kitchen cupboards and the ceiling are grease and dust traps. Solve this problem by cutting pieces of newspaper to size and laying them on the top of cupboards. Every month, whip the paper down and replace it with fresh paper and you won’t have to spend time cleaning greasy dust from the tops of cupboards’. (Source: How To Be The Perfect Housewife – Anthea Turner)