Friday, 15 February 2013

Keeping it simple : Spring cleaning : win a silver bangle

This week I have been clearing out ...

Ideal just before spring cleaning the house ( big cough )

What you can do with children or adults is to give them a bin bag and play the mission impossible music and see what they can tidy away in the time in takes the song to play.

Or if you need long select a suitable play list of song to tidy along to for say fifteen minutes.

So in my clearing out I found this band new bracelet I had ordered and never wore.




I want to know what are your spring cleaning tips ?



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99 comments:

  1. Andrea Dodd (lifewithliv)15 February 2013 at 10:50

    If you havent used it in 12 months, you dont need it!

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  2. Pick one room at a time and work through them one by one - throwing things away if not been used for ages!

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  3. I usually completly empty the ids wardrobes and only put back in what they wear and use! The rest goes to the charity shop or ebay.

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  4. never start unless you intend to finish or else your left with more mess x

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  5. Use white vinegar to get rid of nasty stains on the carpet! x

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  6. Little but often! Saves having to do loads at once!

    @ashlallan

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  7. start at the top and work your way down

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  8. Be ruthless. If it hasn't been used since last year's spring cleaning, is it really going to? Sell, charity shop or pass it on, let someone else enjoy it.

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  9. do a carboot every spring & force yourself to clear out!

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  10. wrap up those you dun use eg thick duvets, pillows in a clear plastic bag rather black bag. cover things and put things inside the cupboard to avoid getting dusty

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  11. Don't leave it all till spring!

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  12. pay somebody else to do it. Seriously, it would never get done in this house if I didn't!

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  13. Only do it when your in the mood or you won't get a lot done!

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    1. i'm like this if i'm not in mood i dont do it right, best wait until your motivated

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  14. wait till its a nice sunny day, strip all the beds and start cleaning the bedrooms one by one

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  15. If you're not sure if it will be missed, hide things for a while just in case he asks for something. It saves the screaming and crying if you can "find it again" later in the day. And as for my son's room .......

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  16. start when you are motivated. there's nothing worse than getting halfway through, feeling fed up & looking at what's left and nearly crying lol

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  17. I usually aim to have a car boot sale during the summer, so make a point of cleaning out cupboards and getting rid of anything not used. I let my son have the money so he doesn't mind helping me sort out his cupboards & old toys.

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  18. I usually aim to have a car boot sale during the summer, so make a point of cleaning out cupboards and getting rid of anything not used. I let my son have the money so he doesn't mind helping me sort out his cupboards & old toys.

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  19. Work your way round a room clockwise - helps you to stop getting sidetracked by a shiny thing as you clear up

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  20. Use lemons in your spring cleaning, they are a great cleaner and leave your room smelling fresh

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  21. Use baby wipes to get dog/cat hairs off your sofa, it's really good!

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  22. Whatever spring cleaning job you hate the most do it first - you'll whizz through the rest after that and it really won't seem that bad.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  23. teddington toolsbury19 February 2013 at 13:25

    pay your children to do it !

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  24. Do one room at a time so you can see progress!

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  25. De-clutter, and get everyone involved. Plan ahead and make sure you have enough cleaning products in to blitz each room.

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  26. De-clutter, and get everyone involved. Make sure you have enough cleaning products to do the whole clean, and blitz one room at a time.

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  27. I stack items that need to go upstairs at the end of the stairs and every time I go up I make sure I take them with me

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  28. Clean out the Microwave by placing half a lemon in a bowl of water. Heat on high power and then wipe. Lovely and fresh

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  29. Bag everything up that hasn't been worn for the past few months and take it to the charity shop

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  30. Use baby wipes for leather sofas

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  31. De clutter once a month to make the spring clean easier!
    @jenlouisej

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  32. WD40 will remove crayon from paintwork

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  33. to help with de-cluttering, when debating keeping things, ask if you've used it or even remembered you had it in the last 6 months

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  34. Do it when you're in the mood to do it, be ruthless and methodical. And if in doubt try bicarbonate of soda or white vinegar

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  35. Invest in some good storage solutions to avoid clutter from things being left on tables and sides. Then when everything has a home make sure they get put back there!

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  36. Hoover th estairs and it makes it look like you have done the whole house

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  37. Try to keep going, because if your anything like me, one sit down and its all over!!

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  38. Be prepared to throw things out rather than squirrel them away again

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  39. put on some good music and systematicaly work through room by room

    jillwebb@blueyonder.co.uk

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  40. you have to be honest with yourself. If you havent used something in a long time, then either sell it or give it to charity. Teach the kids to do the same in the rooms as well!

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  41. De-clutter and do a car boot sale

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  42. Assemble all cleaning products in a caddy and carry from room to room as you go - nothing worse then running up and downstairs to get things

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  43. Use your washing powder as a general cleaner .. it really cuts through dirt, grime and grease .. very good on shower trays,baths and sinks .. put some down the loo and watch the stains disappear .. no need for other high priced cleaners.

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  44. Life's too short hire a cleaner

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  45. Buy or borrow a good steam cleaner and pop a few drops of essential oil in it while using. They really cut through dirt quickly and the oils will make the whole house smell lovely.

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  46. Remove scum and stubborn marks from baths,sinks and shower cubicles with half a lemon covered with a sprinkling of baking powder

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  47. If you havent wore certain clothes in past 12 months you arent likely to wear them ever again donate them to charity :)

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  48. If you havn't used it in the last year, chances are you never will, get rid and declutter

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  49. Start early in the day as you slowly lose enthusiasm over the course of the day

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  50. Take your time, do one task at a time

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  51. Vinegar and water are great for cleaning the windows with newspaper :)

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  52. take one room at a time a make a list

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  53. Spring clean your kids wardrobes before the warm weather comes by checking what still fits them and what doesn't. It will save lots of time and stress later on. (rafflecopter name is rebecca beesley)

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  54. Three piles, keep, sell/charity and bin! Lol

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  55. If you have not worn a garment for a year get rid of it.

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  56. Shove on some comfy clothes, open windows and play your favourite music on full volume...make tidying as fun as possible and be sure to do one room at a time!

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  57. When you make the decision to do it,then just do it.If you leave it,you probably won't feel like doing it again!

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  58. Pay your children to help - but don't part with the money until they've finished!

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  59. Be ruthless and take things one room at a time, get one room neat and sparkling then move onto the next :)

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  60. A dab of Zoflora on lightbulbs/shades and radiators gives a lovely scent when warmed up x

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  61. Make sure you clean the cobwebs from the corners and lampshades or on a sunny day you can see them all in the sunshine

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  62. Rebecca Woodroof10 March 2013 at 21:43

    do it often so that there is less off it.

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  63. Try not to let things build up so do bits as and when they need to be done rather than waiting to do a spring clean

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  64. Rather than letting everything build up, do things as they need to be done

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  65. As an army wife I don't really spring clean as I move every 2 years. We tend to keep up on it throughout the year. I segregate areas of the house for certain times, like the kids rooms are always donen in Nov to make way for Xmas, kitchen is cleaned every month but the cupboards (inside) done in spring and winter and everything else is done all the time. By no means are we clean freaks but it makes our march out quicker and easier!

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  66. Start from the top of the house and work downwards collecting up stuff to recycle, donate sell along the way x

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  67. Every time you leave a room take one item with you to put away or even better do a quick 30 second tidy!!

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  68. Mummy andherkids13 March 2013 at 11:20

    I always start with the kids room as I dread spring cleaning it the most.

    tweeted as @Mummyandherkids

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  69. Give as much as possible to charity!

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  70. if you forgotten you had it you probably dont need it, declutter less to spring clean next time

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  71. Always finish what you start before moving to the next room

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  72. always finish what you start before moving onto the next room

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  73. Viakal, does a brill job in the bathroom :-)

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  74. Open all the windows and doors while cleaning wether its warm or cold. it'll help clear the air of dust and if your doing it right you won't feel so hot and sweaty

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  75. have music playing it will help motivate you and make sure you do one room at a time

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  76. spray the lightbulbs with furniture polish, turn on for 10 mins just before hubby gets home .. smells like youve been really busy ;) lmao

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  77. spray the lightbulbs with furniture polish, and turn on 10 mins before hubby gets home, it smells as if you have been really busy ;)

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  78. My best tip would be to not stop to look through every single item you find because you end up debating what to do with it and not cleaning! :-)

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  79. distilled white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of biocarb in the washing machine gets all the stinky scuz out and makes it smell fresh

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  80. Begin with one room at a time and try not to spend too much time looking at new found 'stuff'. Be ruthless - bin, charity shop or keep!

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  81. Tackle the worst job first!

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  82. Clean when the children are not about!! Funny how they haven't played with a toy in over a year but still want to keep it! I have to sneakily get rid of to make room for even more
    Sarah higgins

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  83. Pop half a lemon into the microwave in a bowl with a tiny bit of lemon in.
    It will make cleaning inside so much easier, and it will also smell divine

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