Finally, here in the UK spring appears to be here. This weekend the clocks went forward (an hour’s sleep lost which isn’t great – especially for someone who LOVES sleep) however the upside is that we are now on British Summer Time (Greenwich Meantime + 1) and that means that its lighter on an evening which is great. I haven’t officially been diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD syndrome) however I hate the dark and love light. My ideal home would be a house that has floor to ceiling windows in all rooms (I can live in hope) and I am looking forward to being able to walk the dog in the light after work as opposed to walking in pitch black!
Yesterday we went bowling. I haven’t been bowling in a long time, but I really enjoyed it. I went with my hubby, mum, dad, brother and his girlfriend and my uncle and his girlfriend and her daughter. It was nice to get out and do an activity with the family and catch up. We are the type of family where we are close and always there for each other – but also give each other space and are not constantly living in each other’s pockets. It was nice to see everyone, and we had a blast bowling, even though I didn’t win – but I didn’t lose either. The family have had a lot of ups and downs over the last few years and I have realised just how important it is to make time for family.
Today I have woken up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated as its been a lovely early spring day (bright blue sky, sunshine but a bit chilly) and have cleaned the house. I am OBSESSIVE when it comes to cleaning and our house is always tidy as I can’t think or function with clutter and mess. I know a lot of people question why I clean like I do or how I manage to do it – so I decided to share a few tricks with you:
- Make your bed: I make it a priority to ensure I make my bed every day. Its amazing how much tidier a room can feel if the bed has been made. I allow it to air out for about 30 mins every morning but always ensure its made.
- Change your bedsheets: This is my least favourite job and I always have a fight with the duvet cover and the duvet when making the bed once its been stripped. I change my sheets once a week and there is no better feeling than getting in to bed with fresh sheets.
- Do a little something every day: Every night when I get home from work and have a “power half hour” where I move through the rooms, scout around and clean the room – from moving dirty plates/crockery, putting things away and vacuum every day (we have a dog and the hairs get EVERYWHERE!)
- Wash up every day: Don’t wait for a few days when you have a huge pile of pots and pans to wash – wash up every day (or if your are lucky load and unload the dishwasher everyday) and make sure you put everything away – that way you can find what you need easily when you cook dinner.
- Clean up spills straight away when you see them: Especially in the kitchen. The worst spill is porridge – if it spills and you don’t wipe up straight away it dries and sticks hard to any surface it touches (I know from personal experience as my husband is a nightmare when it comes to spilling his porridge on a morning).
- Take the rubbish out every day: Don’t let the bins pile up and start to smell – take the rubbish out every day. We don’t have a bin in our kitchen – mostly because the dog will no doubtedly get into it. We have a carrier bag (not exactly environmentally friendly I know, however if someone has an alternative then please let me know) and we take this out to the wheelie bin every day. We also take the recycling out to the bin every day as well.
- Wipe the toilet seat and bleach the toilet every day: The toilet is obviously one of the most unhygienic things in the house – therefore I use an antibacterial wipe every day to wipe the seat and rim and then bleach the toilet every day to keep it smelling clean and fresh.
- Change the hand towel in the bathroom and kitchen every day/every other day: I always try to do this as often as I can to make sure that it smells clean and fresh. The tea towel in the kitchen is every day at least as it gets smelly and wet very quickly when drying up.
- Wipe the work surfaces in the kitchen every night and clean up as you cook: I always clean as I cook to stay on top of the mess caused when cleaning and wipe all work surfaces when washing up. We use the hob/stove a lot and its gets greasy very easily therefore wiping it after every use prevents grease build up and makes it easy to clean.
- Deal with your post/mail every day: When I get home from work – I always pick up the post and open everything straight away. I do this so that if there is anything I need to action I do as soon as I can to make sure that I am on track with bills etc. I also file anything that needs filing (bank statements/council tax bills etc.) and shred and recycle all the junk mail we receive.
So, there you go – ten quick clean tips to help keep your house clean and tidy daily. Please do let me know if you have any great tips you can pass on – as I am always keen to learn some new ways in which to keep my house clean and tidy.
Until next time
Katie x x x