Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Spring Cleaning

I am so happy to see the sun shinning through the curtains in the morning over the past few days and the slightly lighter evenings, although it is still cold it is much more cheery and if there is one thing that the sunshine does it makes the dust and the clutter seem so much worse, in winter it somehow seems ok to let things creep up.

I'm naturally abit of a hoarder and am always the first to say we need to keep something, instead of happily toss it to one side, Darren however is a minimalist and has very little sentimental feelings and would rather the house only have the basics in it, this sometimes causes a clash of opinions, as I sneek in nik naks here and there.

Yet Spring brings out my minimist streak and I like the clean summery spaces with the curtains open and the light making everything look much nicer.

That's why this past week we've been cleaning up the living room, we found a bargain sofa on Ebay local to us, so much nicer than our old dark dingy one we'd had for several years.

It's amazing how a lighter sofa makes the whole room seem bigger and fresher,  rejuvenated by the sofa we had a bit of a declutter and rearrange, and the living room is looking quite nice, and its inspired me to take on the rest of the house, especially after seeing other bloggers doing the same. Merry is going full swing into declutting with some friend on a declutting program for lent, and Hannah has managed to sort out the book cases in her childrens rooms, so really there is no excuses for me, is there?


I always find the biggest problem the childrens bedrooms, we seem to still have every toy we've ever brought, with three children that's alot of Christmas and Birthday presents!

I know I need to sort them out, go through the boxes and boxes of mismatched toys all across the boys room and organise them into things they still play with, those things which can be sold, or things we can pass to friends and family.

But even knowing what I need to do,  its always the bedrooms which never seem to get tackled. I know that it would be much nicer and install a mutual respect in the children if their rooms were smart and tidy its just putting in the effort to get it done.

I guess I should concentrate on the incentive that having a proper sort out gives a bit of extra income, which is always much needed, the sale value of the smallest things often surprises me, everyone seems to love looking online for collectible toys and figures, and you can see why when you can sell things and get them delivered the next day by Parcelforce, it really is appealing to search out the missing figure of your set without even moving out the house, and even tho we have boxes and boxes of toys there is always one more the boys are pestering for and I find myself searching the ebay isles!

Chloes room however is a whole other issue, she takes after me and is a serial hoarder.

This is the state of her bedroom this morning!!


I am hoping to tackle this mess, unfortunately tho, the majority of her beloved belongings are not of any worth at all, unlike the boys room which is brimming with toys, Chloes is all paper and crafts and bits and bobs lovingly stashed into old shoe boxes and tins, and if I even suggest sorting them out we have a 'but I neeeeeeeeed it' breakdown.

I think with Chloe the only option is to get more cupboard storage - with doors, out of sight out of mind, however Chloe has the smallest room. She really needs a new bed with underneath storage,  like this one from Argos I might try to sell enough bits and bobs to buy her one.

Does that sounds like a challenge? I will keep you updated.

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5 comments:

  1. I love a good sort out really need to my sons room when he's not here he never wants to get rid of anything lol :) x

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    1. thats the same proble with mine, and the reason we have so many toys which they just don't need or play with anymore!

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  2. I've done some delcluttering Spring cleaning posts too at New Mum Online and at Conscious Mum.
    I did a bookshelp follow up post when I sorted out all of Aaron's books as a direct result of seeing the two you linked to (I mean when I saw them not now).

    Spring Cleaning is great isn't it

    xxx

    P.S. love the new lighter and brighter sofa xx

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  3. Oh well done! I am loving the effects of decluttering :)

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  4. It's definitely hard to clean when you have 3 children. But the sunny weather and a good music helps a lot to make your cleaning happier and not so frustrating. I also like a good company, even if they're not helping - helps me get more motivated and time passes much faster. Thank you for sharing your post I loved it <3

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