Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring has sprung. The grass is riz. I wonder where the birdy is. The bird is on the wing. That’s funny, I thought the wing is on the bird.

A little ditty, possible attributable to Spike Milligan, but I can’t be sure. But spring comes once a year, like clockwork.

See! The winter is past …  (see the Song of Songs in the Bible). This also happens regularly. And we can escape from our warm caves and step out into the bright new land. And look around. It is time to think about spring cleaning.

What can you do to spruce up your dwelling? Before you get started with broom and duster, spray cleaner and sponge, it might be a good idea to create a clearway, and take away the bits and pieces that seem to accumulate, whether you like it or not. Things like that artificial plant that Aunt Mildred gave you for your birthday two years ago. Or the indoor bowls set-up that you bought at the flea market for a pittance. Or the old dresser that came from the previous house, and you can’t bear to part with it, except that it is broken down and not much use.

So step 1 in the spring cleaning process is to clear away the detritus.

So make a list (in your head, if there’s enough room) and examine the pros and cons of keeping each item. Some things may evoke memories that you are not keen to forget. Maybe they cost a lot of money, even though they don’t do the job you bought them to do.

Clean out your cupboards … to make room for more “stuff”! … get the car out of the garage, and make a pile of your things so you can sort them out. Remember there are various websites where you can put items up for sale or swap. Clothes your kids have grown out of, or toys they don’t want to play with any more; your own clothes – doesn’t everyone have some clothes they don’t (can’t) wear any more? Or if you don’t want to do that, look into donating to charity. Of course charity doesn’t want rubbishy stuff, so be sensible about that. Then there’s recycling, although your yellow bin may not be able to cope on its own.  The left overs are therefore destined for the dump.

Now how big is your throw-away pile on the garage floor. Too big to fit in the boot of your car? If there’s an old mattress, a broken down clothes dryer or other large appliance in that pile, you may want to think about getting help to take them away. What about a Rubbish Removalist? There are a few of those around. Save yourself the time, energy, and potential damage, to you and your home, and hire a rubbish removal company. You’ve already done half the work, let a professional finish it off for you. They will even separate the recyclables from the rubbish, and dispose of them accordingly.