Revive & refresh: 4 Alternative spring cleaning ideas for a happier home

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The arrival of spring is a great time to transform your home by undertaking a big spring clean. Cleaning the living space has recently become an extremely popular self-care activity as people have discovered just how much a tidy space can boost productivity and increase how positive and happy they are feeling.

A recent YouGov poll shows that 49% of people are tidying and cleaning their homes more now than ever before. By taking the time to look after your living environment, you can easily maintain the space where you spend the majority of your time and make sure that it is your favorite place to be. So, I’ve put together these 4 spring cleaning ideas that will help you to revive and refresh your home, making it a happier place to live.

ORGANISE YOUR WARDROBE

First of all, I recommend that you start by going through your clothing and organizing it better. I’m one of those people who just feel so much more relaxed when I’ve got less stuff and tidy cupboards. If your wardrobe doesn’t have a system or order, then now’s the time to create one. Marie Kondo recommends hanging items from longest and heaviest on the left to the shortest and listed on the right, making a pleasing uplifting shape that’ll also uplift you. Think about how much time you must waste each morning searching through your closet looking for the item you want to wear. But if you have it organized then you can grab what you want and get on with your morning routine.

Before you can sort out your clothes into categories to help you store them more effectively, you should take the time to look through the items you have and think about getting rid of some items that you no longer wear. If you have not worn an item of clothing in the last twelve months, then it’s time to donate, sell, or throw it away!

REVAMP YOUR BEDROOM

And while we’re in there sorting the wardrobe, your bedroom is one of the most important rooms in your house as it is the place where your body gets the rest that it needs in order to function. Not getting enough sleep can have serious consequences for your overall health and wellbeing, so we recommend that you take the time to look after your sleeping environment. I recently read Mrs Hinch’s book and have since discovered that her tip for using bicarbonate soda to clean a mattress has been voted as the most useful Mrs Hinch cleaning hack by 26.32% of survey respondents.

So I’m guessing that many people have a mattress that’s past its best! If so it may be time to invest in a new mattress that is better suited to your body and will make you sleep better, which in turn will be sure to make your home and yourself a whole lot happier! There is a range of different mattresses out there to suit a range of body shapes, sizes, as well as injuries. For example, if you have a herniated disc, then there is a range of specialist mattresses that are created with this condition in mind.

DEEP CLEAN YOUR BATHROOM

The bathroom is an easy room in the house to neglect because we’re in and out of it quickly – but there are some easy and effortless ways that you can transform it. First of all, take the time to make your bathroom smell fresh by using essential oils and scented air fresheners. This can make all the difference to the feel of the bathroom and turn it into a place that you’re happy to spend time.

Now is also the time to clean the times you don’t usually clean during your weekly spruce-up. So wash your shower curtain! And any bathroom mats, and even curtains, to make them look and smell fresh. Check the washing instructions for each item and either pop it in the washing machine or soak it with detergent in the tub. A relaxing bath in a clean and fresh smelling bathroom is sure to make you feel happier at the end of a long day!

MOVE FURNITURE AROUND

By simply moving the furniture around in your living space, you can enjoy a new way of living in your home. For example, moving your bed so that it faces a different wall in your bedroom can instill a refreshing change to boost your mood when you wake up. Simply shifting the sofa could give you a better view out of the window – and you’ll be amazed at just how much dust and fluffy you’re vacuuming up from underneath it – eww!

Moving chests of drawers or desks can help to divide up a space to create a small area for a home office, or to designate part of a living room as a ‘school space’ for the kids. Dust furniture as you go and vacuum up the cobwebs that have gathered behind it. Finish with a flourish of polish or a protective layer of wax if needed and stand back to admire your clean and tidy space.

Your home should be a place of safety and security, and this is much more likely to be the case if your home is comfortable and clean. Therefore, doing a touch of spring cleaning you’ll be able to transform your living space and improve how happy you feel when you wake up each morning.

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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