9 Easy Spring Organising Tasks

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

This post is sponsored by Olay

How are you going with your spring cleaning? Now that it’s a little warmer I am opening up the house and enjoying the breeze flowing through, instantly the fresh air makes such a difference to the dynamic of the house. Earlier this month via my spring cleaning series of posts I shared tips with you about the benefits of giving your home a spring clean.  Change of season is a great time of year to not only clean but also sort through cupboards and start planning for the busy months ahead. I’ve put together a list of some easy organising tasks that will help you to reduce clutter and organise your home.

With special thanks to Olay, I’m giving 3 lucky readers the chance to win some OlayRegenerist Packs.  Continue reading to see how you can enter. Please note this giveaway is now closed.

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START PLANNING, ORGANISE UP YOUR DIARY

With the Christmas season approaching, there will be many events to schedule into your calendar.  From the end of year celebrations, work parties to kids school holidays. Dig out your diary, dust it off and start using it to its full potential. Write down all birthday’s, anniversaries, school holidays and other planned events into your diary, so when you’re invited to a gathering, you can quickly check and see if you are free.

CLEAN OUT YOUR WARDROBE

Use my coat hanger method to help you work out what clothes you don’t wear so at the end of this season you can have a good wardrobe clean out.

Simply turn all your coat hangers the opposite way you usually hang them, When you have worn an item place it back in your wardrobe with the coat hanger the correct way around.  After a few months all the coat hangers the wrong way around are an indication that you haven’t worn this item.  If this is so, take the brave step to remove this item from your wardrobe and donate to a friend or charity like Dress for Success, Salvation Army or your local goodwill store.

Change of season is a great time of year to not only clean but also sort through cupboards and start planning for the busy months ahead. I’ve put together a list of some easy organising tasks that will help you to reduce clutter and help organise your home.

If any old shirts or pyjamas are too ratty to be donated, consider cutting them up to repurpose as cleaning rags. These rags can then be used to clean the toilet, window tracks, etc.

DONATE TOYS

This is the perfect time of year to go through all the kid’s toys and purge anything they are no longer playing with, and it will also be an excellent opportunity to start writing your Christmas gift wish list.  Any toys that you will be donating need to be clean, safe, in good condition and complete.

Read more: How to clean soft teddies to kill dust mites

BANISH DRY SKIN

After the colder seasons, your skin might be feeling a little dull and dry. It’s important to implement a daily skincare routine to hydrate and rejuvenate your skin cells.

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During the night, skin repair naturally increases, making it the perfect time to reverse signs of ageing. However, during the night we also spend significant amount of hours without drinking any water so ensuring that you can keep skin hydrated is essential. In contrast to the regular night creams, The Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Night Cream has a unique gel-like formula for overnight protection against transepidermal water loss. The lightweight feel means that you can sleep with it on and not have to worry about that greasy feeling. After 5 nights, it doubles the rate of skin exfoliation for noticeable firmer skin, with less lines & wrinkles. It will leave your skin feeling plump and hydrated the following morning, helping you to wake up feeling radiant and ready for the day! Olay can be bought at your local pharmacy or supermarket and will give your skin the revamp you’ve been looking for.

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PUT AWAY WINTER LINENS

It’s time to pull those flannelette sheets and extra blankets off the bed. Replace your winter linens with some fresh, clean light sheets.  Place a throw at the end of the bed just in case you do feel a little cold.

Change of season is a great time of year to not only clean but also sort through cupboards and start planning for the busy months ahead. I’ve put together a list of some easy organising tasks that will help you to reduce clutter and help organise your home.

Don’t forget to wash your winter blankets before storing them away. While you’re putting away your winter linens see what you didn’t use and consider purging them.

NEW UNDERWEAR

Good bras and undies can last years, most of us would have our favourites, good old faithful that are worn more frequently than others. There is no rule (that I know of) of how regularly you should replace your underwear, but similar to sorting your wardrobe, the change of season is a good time to sort through your lingerie drawer and look for the tell-tale signs that they may need to be purged:

  • lost elasticity
  • no longer fit
  • they are uncomfortable
  • have holes
  • or stained

USE MEALS FROM THE FREEZER

I find that my freezer is filled more during the winter months than any other time of year, as it’s the season for slow cookers, casseroles, bakes and pies.  Look through your freezer and add any meals sitting in there to your future meal plans, so they don’t get forgotten and then you have to toss them due to freezer burn.

Change of season is a great time of year to not only clean but also sort through cupboards and start planning for the busy months ahead. I’ve put together a list of some easy organising tasks that will help you to reduce clutter and help organise your home.

TOSS OUTDATED MEDICINES

Look through your medicine cupboard and see if any have past expiry and need to be discarded.  Most medications have an expiry date on the packaging or the printed label.  According to nps.org.au “Most medicines deteriorate with time, which can lead to changes in their chemical composition. These changes can result in the medicines becoming less effective or, in some cases, potentially harmful if they are used after their expiry date.”

Do not flush old medication down the drain or toilet as this can harm fish and wildlife. It is recommended that you take them back to your local pharmacy where they will safely dispose of them.

CREATE A SPACE YOU CAN RELAX IN

Create a little space in your home that is your happy place.  A place that you can sit, be comfortable, relax, unwind and be a positive space for you to clear your head.  It could be a corner in the lounge room, bedroom, or outside. Add little pieces to this space that will make it a relaxing and tranquil atmosphere, such as plants, flowers, or a candle.

I’ve just created this space under our back patio, I have wanted one of these chairs for so long, but didn’t want one that hangs from the ceiling.  I spotted this beauty at Kmart and without hesitation grabbed it! 

Change of season is a great time of year to not only clean but also sort through cupboards and start planning for the busy months ahead. I’ve put together a list of some easy organising tasks that will help you to reduce clutter and help organise your home.

CLEAR THE HOT SPOTS

A bonus task to throw in here, because this tip has helped me remove my clutter over 13 years ago off my dining table.  I am proud to say since I started this trick I have never had a cluttered table.

Paper, toys and clothes can all pile up quite quickly and become a continual dumping zone.  Clear away the clutter in these hot spots. My trick is to put something like a plant or ornament where the clutter usually piles up as a visual reminder to not use this area as a dumping zone.

Change of season is a great time of year to not only clean but also sort through cupboards and start planning for the busy months ahead. I’ve put together a list of some easy organising tasks that will help you to reduce clutter and help organise your home.


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Win 1 of 3 Olay Regenerist Packs

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Each winner will receive an Olay Miracle Boost, Regenerist Overnight and Day Creams. RRP$ 137.97.

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How to enter:

Tell me in the comments below “What spring organising project is on the top of your to-do list?”


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1. Entries must be made on The Organised Housewife blog, comments on social media are invalid.  2. Entries close 11.59pm AEST Monday 3rd October 2016.   3. One entry per household and open to Australian residents only.  4. This giveaway is a game of skill. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.  5. Total prize pool is valued at $413.91.00. 1 winner will receive an Olay Regenerist Packs which contains 1x Olay Miracle Boost, 1 x Olay Regenerist Night, 1 x Olay Regenerist Moisturiser. Pack is valued at RRP$ 137.97. 6. Winner will be contacted by email, please ensure you leave your email address.  7. If I have not received a reply from the winner within 7 days the prize will be forfeited and awarded to the entry judged to be the next best.  8.  The Organised Housewife will take no responsibility for any delay, loss or damage to prizes sent to winners.

This post was coordinated by The Remarkables Group

Change of season is a great time of year to not only clean but also sort through cupboards and start planning for the busy months ahead. I’ve put together a list of some easy organising tasks that will help you to reduce clutter and help organise your home.

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113 comments

Caroline Schaap September 20, 2016 - 6:34 AM

Hi Kat 🙂 My top entry on the “2 do” list is to clean out and organise our linen closet/dumping ground! It has suckered me in with the “out of sight, out of mind” adage; so I’m a little scared to open those sliding doors! However, I have my hard hat at the ready, for the barrage of falling objects, and I’m going in!!! Thanks so much for the motivation, Caz 🙂

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Elizabeth September 24, 2016 - 1:24 AM

I just cleaned out my linen basket also! I fold
My sheets and skip
Then inside one of the matching pillow cases and it seems to save space and look much more organized. In a moment I can then put my hands on matching sets for guests also! What a gorgeous fall week we are enjoying near Ottawa!

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Rosie September 25, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Hi Kat. I don’t have kids but I do have a dog! Spring time means cleaning out the laundry where he sleeps. A big wash of all the cushion covers and dog blankets, getting rid of tennis balls that don’t bounce any more and toys that don’t squeak and moving the bed into the sunlight for some lazy days in the sun for the little beagle. Now I can actually get to the washing machine with ease and can wipe it down, getting rid of the dust and soap marks and clean out the filter!! As it is my favourite white good item, I love having it all shiny and clean on the outside as well as the inside.

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janine hohnberg September 25, 2016 - 4:42 PM

Top tip for clearing. … aftee every shower i wipe the shower down ..saves on build up.
Also spray my bins after cleaning for a cleaner smell.

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Karen October 2, 2016 - 2:18 PM

I really need to clean out my makeup basket…as I know some products do have use-by dates…don’t want a skin infection!

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Jennifer lowe September 20, 2016 - 6:45 AM

On my spring list is to go through all the kids toys and donate them all. Also clean out our wardrobes. I like to get the kids involved so they can chose which they would like to donate. We give them to the local church and thrift shop and they give it to children or families they may be stuggling in sme way. It makes me feel good knowing its going to someone who actually needs it.

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Rebecca Cheers September 20, 2016 - 6:52 AM

Hi Kat,

My husband and I love entertaining and my top spring organising project is to create a fresh, inviting entertaining area indoors and outdoors by purging old things, rearranging existing things and adding a few new items. With a 3month old baby no project is as easy to get done as it once was so I am hooking in to all your tips to stay organised! So far I am getting many comments about what a calm, relaxed and organised new mum I am. Did I mention the dishes are always done? They down know my secret weapon is the Organised Housewife!

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Paula September 20, 2016 - 7:11 AM

As soon as spring starts the number one thing I do is go through my wardrobe and cull anything I haven’t worn for a long time. It feels so good to put the winter jumpers at the bottom of the wardrobe and put lighter clothes on the top.

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Tracey-Lee September 20, 2016 - 7:16 AM

Hi Kat,

Top of my to do list for spring is definetly to sort out my kids toys and donate those that are still in a good condition!

Thanks for this post!

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Felicity September 20, 2016 - 7:26 AM

Hi Kat, my 2do is to go through my kids drawing and crafts area. Recycling old colouring books, sharpening pencils and creating display folders of all my kids favorites. We do this together in sept school holidays and we then go and get a few replacement items to kick off the enthusiasm for a crafty school break.

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Erin ramage September 20, 2016 - 8:47 AM

Hello, my top entry on my spring 2do is to sort through all the kids toys and cull what is broken or not used. With Christmas coming up and the boys getting a little older now they are starting to venture from the toddler stage and explore playing with more.

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Michelle Dunlop September 20, 2016 - 9:26 AM

Hi Kat tbe top of my to do list for spring is to finish unpacking. We’ve been in our new home for nearly 6 weeks and are still unpacking and putting away.

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Leigh Goodridge September 20, 2016 - 10:13 AM

My children’s toys! We need less stuff and more opportunities to use imagination.

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Hazel Hessen September 20, 2016 - 10:20 AM

Top of the list will be the yearly culling of all products in my pantry that are out of date or haven’t been /will not be used. Things have just been “dumped” in the pantry and I need to clean before the moths get in there.

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Karen McGuire September 20, 2016 - 10:35 AM

On the top of my spring organising project is to clear out my bathroom drawers and throw out any old makeup and beauty products. This Olay Regenerist pack would be a welcome replacement for all of my old beauty products.

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Clare September 20, 2016 - 11:38 AM

My son’s birthday is in early September, so top of my spring organising list is always his bedroom. How one small person manages to accumulate so much stuff in 12 months is beyond me lol

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Amanda September 20, 2016 - 12:05 PM

Cleaning out my daughters wardrobe and toys. They have had a big growth spurt and we need to donate all winter items no longer fitting and check out what fits in their summer clothes and make a list of what is needed.

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Rhonda Baker September 20, 2016 - 12:24 PM

2do: Spring is in the air, therefore, I spring into absolutely everything. Declutter, defluff, and delight in freshening up all areas including myself. 🙂

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Sherelle Lock September 20, 2016 - 12:43 PM

On my ‘to do’ list is a corner cupboard in the kitchen which is rarely used as it’s quite hard to get in and out of. It becomes a great dumping ground for items which don’t have a home. Everything is going to be pulled out of this cupboard, sorted and then (hopefully) it’ll be a lot more user friendly and I’ll know exactly what’s in it!

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Amanda September 20, 2016 - 1:03 PM

Hi Kat,
Top of my to do list. Is change all the beds in the house to fresh Spring coloured linens. Looking forward to fresh sheets dried in the sunshine. ?
Amanda.

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Amy September 20, 2016 - 1:23 PM

My top “to do” item is clean out my twins clothing collection. After having 4 girls, and twins as 3 and 4, I have collated a lot of clothes, so purging their collection is a must but getting time to do is extremely limited.

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Louise M September 20, 2016 - 1:35 PM

Making up an #itsinthebag gift bag for someone in need!

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Jennifer B. September 20, 2016 - 1:38 PM

It’s ORGANISE THE GARAGE for me!… Buy some shelving like these and get gardening needs, tools and general clutter off the floor.
https://www.masters.com.au/product/900032734/4-tier-shelving-storage-unit-chrome.jsp

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Fifi K September 20, 2016 - 1:38 PM

Hi Kat , my top “to do” list is to clean out my kids wardrobes and donate it all so we are ready for the holidays 🙂 I love leaving for a holiday and locking my doors knowing my house is organised and clean.

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Angela M September 20, 2016 - 2:08 PM

Hi! I need to get a start with the shed. I’ve accumulated so much stuff (and spiders!!!) in there during winter. It needs a deep and intensive clean-up!!

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Chenoa September 20, 2016 - 2:10 PM

Everything you have mentioned is on my to do list,I need a big spring clean out. Great tips I will doing each of these.

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Em September 20, 2016 - 2:29 PM

Hi kat
My first job that gets the ball rolling is to let the fire go out and clean it. This includes popping pinecones in it. This leads into the wood box going back to a toy box (having a toy clean up too) and no more drying clothes in front of fire

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Mat Berriman September 20, 2016 - 2:37 PM

My first thing to do this spring is get in that kitchen pantry and sort everything out!!!! How does it all start off nice and organised and then turns into things just getting thrown in, much like a wardrobe.

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Katie Gilbert September 20, 2016 - 3:06 PM

Hi Katrina, my top clean out priority is the junk drawer of our home office. It’s become the ‘final resting place’ aka ‘dumping ground’ for receipts, statements, invoices and it is time they were culled and filed. I am thinking a glass of vino, some good music and a whole lot of suspension files! Wish me luck ?

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Wendy September 20, 2016 - 3:19 PM

Hi Katrina,
I have spent the last two months cleaning out my mum’s house as she passed away early July. While this has been emotionally and physically exhausting, it has inspired me to keep our house clear of clutter and stuff. Now my mum’s house is all but clear, I started on the weekend on my younger two son’s room as they share. This inspired my 14 year old to clear out his cupboards last night. I now have my unused craft things as my top list as I have moved away from card making into sewing. My aim is for a clear calm and clutter free house.

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Leanne Mitchell September 20, 2016 - 3:31 PM

Hi Kat, I love following your tips. On top of my Spring list is to finish of our Alfresco Area. I think we have been working/not working on it for a year now. It is usable, but just needs the small things finished eg. edging around tiling, arrangement of furniture and then some kind of decorations.

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Bree Parker September 20, 2016 - 3:34 PM

As the days warm up, the top of my spring cleaning list is to clear out and clean up the patio/ outdoor entertaining area. The BBQ needs a scrub, the table and chairs need de-cobwebbing, the kids outdoor toys need cleaning and the inflatable pool type toys need testing and checking for holes. Bring on the sunny days ahead!

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Ern September 20, 2016 - 3:50 PM

Sort out, de-clutter and organize the garage so there’s some sort of structure and we’re able to find what we need, when we need it (especially me). Everyone’s been using it as a dumping ground during Winter, wife, kids, and me too all being a little lazy while the weather was cold.

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Les September 20, 2016 - 4:59 PM

Hi Kat,
Down here in Victoria we don’t change our flannelette shirts for cotton just yet. I was pleased to read that I have done a couple of your suggested tasks already, and I’m grateful for others. I like the coat hanger idea and will do that first. My second task will be to clip my two poodles, Lily and Graycie and rid them of their winter coat.

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Kim September 20, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Hi Kat, as I have spent the last 6 months decluttering, organising and tidying my home and only keeping items that spark joy. I must admit that my top organising project now is ensuring my wine collection is date marked, rotated and ensuring any Red wines that are due for enjoyment are done so soon with the due for eating frozen meals – before the weather warms up. Looking forward to more sun and enjoying a nice sparkling in my chill out spot- my garden.

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Cathy Bailey September 20, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Cull some of my winter clothes & ‘try’ to get my hubby to do the same-he hates parting with clothes that are not worn out!

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Tracey Whitehouse September 20, 2016 - 6:37 PM

The top of my to do list is to spring clean my computer. I have collected so many downloads and documents that I could probably create an encyclopedia, not to mention all the sites I have bookmarked over time. Now, how to do it without being distracted by Facebook and Pinterest. Hmmm.

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Kathleen Caterson September 20, 2016 - 8:23 PM

The top of my to do list is to write the list 🙂

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Rochelle September 20, 2016 - 9:09 PM

Hello Katrina 🙂
Thanks for your inspiring posts! Our top to do list was clean our BBQ. We are from Victoria and had a very cold Winter so we hardly used our BBQ at all. Last Saturday my husband and I pulled it to bits then pressure washed the whole bbq clean then cleaned all the knobs and stainless steel areas with water and vinegar as well as Enjo marble paste. It feels so good to have a clean and shiny BBQ to be able to use in the warmer months. I’d greatly appreciate the Olay pack and would love to try it out. I have used Olay over the years and totally loved it but have never tried this set.

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steph cvetkovic September 21, 2016 - 2:14 AM

Hi Katrina! 🙂
This is a brilliant guide. Although it’s nearly Autumn here in the UK and at my blog, Expert Home Tips, a good Spring refresh is always a good idea.
Clear room, clear life, clear mind!
Thanks for your tips!
Stephanie

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Heather Lees September 21, 2016 - 6:26 AM

Hi Kat,

On Top of my list is our bedroom evrything that doesn’t have a home seems to get put there. Kids Toys, computer monitors, clothes airer, you name it it’s there. I envied your relaxation spot as that’s what I want my room to be one place in the house with no kids Toys. Well we can oy dream can’t we.

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Janine Bone September 21, 2016 - 6:46 AM

Hi Kat, I have been side-swiped with a task that I have been procrastinating on since I did the last ’20 days to declutter your home’ challenge with you… My ensuite bathroom cupboard! Things have been building up in there over many years and I keep just pushing things further back to add more stuff in the front. I couldn’t honestly tell you what I might find in there! Well, up until yesterday I wouldn’t have been able to tell you… But today, I can tell you that I had to throw out at least 3/4 of it, after one of the pipes blew out under the sink causing a minor flooding episode! Luckily we were home and were able to avert major crisis and only a small section of carpet was affected. But after a big water clean up, I now am going to arrange everything back in an organised housewifely fashion! Ensuite bathroom cupboard – check! ??

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Juanita September 21, 2016 - 8:46 AM

Hi Kat, my top priority is to organise my kitchen and pantry. I want to learn to plan ahead for meals and not waste anything. Its really tough as my husband and i both work fulltime and our daughter goes to before school care, school, then after school care. Being healthy will be the ultimate outcome!

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Glenda Booth September 21, 2016 - 10:25 AM

I need to thoroughly clean my bedroom, organise my wardrobe and sort and store my winter clothes and decide on new non allergenic floor covering and generally de-clutter so I can install an air conditioner so I don’t have to suffer through another Queensland summer!

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Kasey E September 21, 2016 - 5:51 PM

Top of my to do list is to clean out the air conditioners & fans as I know it will be matter of time before the sweltering heat comes upon us.

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Kara September 21, 2016 - 7:34 PM

My spring cleaning project is tackling my study. It has become a dumping ground for paperwork, kids craft from school, receipts, broken toys, mail, etc. It contains a whole lot of things that don’t have a specific place in our home. I keep the door closed so I don’t have to see it. I’m feeling inspired by your clean, organised desk and can’t wait to clean it up and put in a system to stop it piling up in the future. And of course add a vase with fresh flowers, to remind me not to pile things up again, but file them away.

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Maureen lambert September 21, 2016 - 9:07 PM

My top Spring organising project on the top of my list is to help my Daughter to declutter and gher home as they are selling it and traveling around. Australia with their 3 young children for 12 months I will miss them but a great experience for the whole family.

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Angie Roberts September 22, 2016 - 10:30 AM

HI Kat,

The top of our spring to do list is to get into our garden and clear it up, remove what I can and make a space for my son to be able to enjoy outside. With winter in regional NSW being so wet and my husbands long hours, plus working away when it was warm it is certainly out of control.

Angie

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Jackson Crabb September 22, 2016 - 4:31 PM

Howdy ,
I will watch the plants at many times of the day to make sure all is well., its not like I have a job or anything useful to do

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Andrea Marshall September 22, 2016 - 4:32 PM

Hi KAt meow
I wish to win I will not sin i’ll do something crude I’ll do anything

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Justine September 22, 2016 - 8:13 PM

My spring cleaning goal is to clean out my craft room. It’s my creative space but with all the clutter it is hard to be creative.

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Kristy Walsh September 22, 2016 - 10:37 PM

Hi Kat,

Love your Blog 🙂 The top of my 2 do list this spring is to organise under our stairs, where unfortunately it is the biggest dumping area for everything… Kids toys, craft, Xmas decorations and the one i’m dreading most… our paperwork. Wish me Luck 🙂
P.s. Can be difficult at times with my 3 little boys wanting to help haha

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Ariane September 22, 2016 - 10:46 PM

My son is swapping rooms, his bed in the current room is too small, as it’s a bult in bed to the wall, so as he is moving into the spare room, my first project will be to thoroughly clean out both rooms and make the room spotless for him to move into. His old room will be my exercise room and i can’t wait to get stared exercising in there!r

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Astrid September 23, 2016 - 10:31 AM

My wardrobe and the kitchen cupboards. Knowing where to start is the hardest part!

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Mandy September 23, 2016 - 10:41 AM

My 2 do list is dwindling thanks to your website but every October long weekend we get the family together (and my parents) and we do a big wash down of the house… All the windows (I lol’d when I saw it on you to do list this week) blinds and walls! Just to keep fresh for the start of birthdays and the silly seasons! Now since the house will be sparkling what better way to treat myself to some sparkle!

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Melanie wishart September 23, 2016 - 11:30 AM

My Number one spring cleaning project is to completely organise and makeover our spare room. It is supposed to be a place for family and guests to stay, a craft and homework area and most importantly a home office so that I can work from home more. This is important as it means less travel time, giving me extra hours in the day to keep our home clean and organised. The real bonus is that I will be able to spend more quality time with my two young kids!!! At the moment it is dumping ground of kids artwork, bills and paperwork and things that don’t yet have a home. I’m going to be using all of your advice and past blogs, a lick of paint, re-purposing of an old desk and transforming the bare walls into a wonderfully bright framed display of my favourites kids artwork and a inspiration board to keep me motivated and happy. I can’t wait to share with you all the results 🙂

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Carolyn September 23, 2016 - 11:37 AM

My top spring cleaning task to do this week is to wash all the windows and curtains in the house, helps to let the beautiful spring sunshine in and freshens the house up after the long cold winter. 🙂

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Lena September 23, 2016 - 11:38 AM

Hi Kat. The top TO DO on my list is organise all my photos – both digital and hard copies. I have been wanting to organise these for years and create a “gallery” of family photos in the hallway. I actually want to create a gallery of family wedding photos, starting from the 1940’s to date so it will capture 3 or 4 generations. This has become even more important to me as I recently lost my Mother and Sister and family photos are just irreplaceable for the memories they create. Love your website and thanks for sharing all your tips. XXX

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Kim September 23, 2016 - 11:47 AM

Hi Kat. Love the ideas above, and goodness knows I need them. I’m about to move home, and as you know, its a challenge!
So my Spring clean job is the whole house! Sort through everything as I’m packing and do not take anything to the new home that shouldn’t be going. Donate unused toys and clothes, start using all of your helpful hints at the new home…. and living an organised life. I really need the Olay, as all this stress has shown in my skin…so I could do with a freshen up. 🙂

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Kelly September 23, 2016 - 11:49 AM

My top priority is to return my house to some kind of normality! After a very busy trimester at university, working, family health issues I have fallen behind in my housework. With two 11yo boys who continually move mess around the ENTIRE house I feel like I’m stuck in a never ending cycle. Our first job this school holidays is to spring clean their bedroom so they can have their own space to relax in (and hopefully contain their clutter in there).

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Denise Bateman September 23, 2016 - 11:54 AM

Oh my , where do I start ? I know, at the first room I walk into….help..

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Helen White September 23, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Hi Kat. I love reading your blog. I have 18 month old twins and I feel like I am in permanent catch up mode. My number one task is to destash all the clothes that no longer fit my girls. Why is it that twins generate so much stuff? I have a whole room filled with half sorted out boxes. My brain is feeling cluttered just thinking about those boxes!!

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Heather September 23, 2016 - 12:53 PM

Just one ?
Clean our French door Windows !
But also utilise walk in wardrobe space better and draw up a cleaning schedule and budget….. So much more too. Lots to do

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Catherine Thackeray September 23, 2016 - 12:53 PM

Hi Kat I work in a school in SA so am looking forward to my holiday break starting at the end of next week. My spring project is to set up a small retreat area in my home. My husband was recently diagnosed with cancer and he will be having major surgery on the first day of term 4. I want to create a space that is tranquil for me, nice candle, spring flowers, favourite books and some peaceful music and maybe some craft. I feel I really need to feed my soul at the moment and do some self care before caring for my husband post op. Life has thrown us a huge curve ball but we will get through the storm whatever it holds. Blessings Catherine

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Briohny Arden September 23, 2016 - 1:39 PM

Hi Kat.
My no.1 spring clean job is to clear my dumping grounds. We have 2 in our house, dining room table and our desk/ study area. We have a new baby due next week so I’m trying really hard to keep in top of all my organising and clutter. Thanks for helping me keep on top of things with your daily tasks.
Briohny

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Liz September 23, 2016 - 1:56 PM

I’m moving tomorrow (eek!) so my big spring cleaning goal is to declutter every single box as I unpack. I got a bit of de cluttering in before I packed but our new place will give us the perfect opportunity for a fresh start!

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Carmel Ritchie September 23, 2016 - 6:33 PM

Hi Kat,
Wash all donnas and blankets, and pack them in a vacuum sealed bag , as a space saving idea. Place some scented soap in the blankets, for a fresh smelling aroma when you open them next winter.

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Lyn September 23, 2016 - 7:06 PM

Beginning of spring I started in one of the spare rooms and ripped up the carpet. The plan is to grind and seal the concrete floor and turn this room into my sewing room. This will then allow me to take the sewing machine off the dining table. Long term plan is to rip up all the carpet.

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Yvonne September 23, 2016 - 8:12 PM

Hi Kat, my top spring cleaning job is to clear the kids toys from our deck. Wash and restain it. Buy new cushions for our chairs and chill out after the job is done.

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Annie Hamilton-Grundy September 23, 2016 - 10:08 PM

Hi Katrina,
Apart from all the usual Spring Cleaning Projects my Number One for this year is cataloging all my photographs. I brought a huge poster size frame a couple of years ago which was pre-filled with perfect black and white ‘generic’ family photos, as much as we have become fond of the people in these images it would be really nice to finally replace them with our ‘real’ family members 🙂
(PS Love your blog and Daily ‘2 Do’ emails)

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Sharon Smith September 23, 2016 - 11:12 PM

Hi Kat! After following your Spring Cleaning tip earlier this month for cleaning my washing machine, I’m ready to give my entire laundry a miracle boost! How ironic it is to have shelves full of ‘cleaning’ products gathering dust and grime? I can’t wait to bin the unusable, gift the unwanted and keep the bare essentials.

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Joanne September 24, 2016 - 11:06 AM

Top of my to-do list is to reorganise a work space for myself. I leave work each day so that I can pick up my three kids which means I am always bringing work home. I usually end up working, standing at my kitchen counter so I can also make dinner and help with the kids homework. Therefore my kitchen counter is disorganised and the desk in my study is a waste, becoming a dumping ground for everything else. I am going to reorganise my kitchen/family area to include a dedicated work space for me. Somewhere comfortable, away from the kitchen prep area, but still in the middle of the action which is where, let’s just face it, I always end up anyway.

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Jessica Maloney September 24, 2016 - 1:42 PM

Finding room/space to display some of my Lego collection, because the poor toys are still stuck in their boxes!

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Kathy Riordan September 24, 2016 - 2:09 PM

Hi Kat I have already tackled the outgrown clothes in the kids bedrooms and next is the unused toys creating clutter. Then a move around of the furniture, a huge vacuum and clean and we are all set for the birthdays closely followed by the Christmas season. Thanks for the motivation. ?

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Kathy Riordan September 24, 2016 - 2:10 PM

Hi Kat I have already tackled the outgrown clothes in the kids bedrooms and next is the unused toys creating clutter. Then a move around of the furniture, a huge vacuum and clean and we are all set for the birthdays closely followed by the Christmas season. Thanks for the motivation. ?

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Corrina Horan September 24, 2016 - 2:34 PM

Hi Kat. My number 1 task while I’m on maternity leave is to install organisers in my girls’ cupboards. I currently have their clothes in tall boys but their just isn’t enough room in their bedrooms to accommodate the extra furniture so the clothes are in another room. I’m following your ideas about re-organising cupboards with great interest!

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Dominee September 24, 2016 - 7:57 PM

Definitely to clean out my wardrobe. I have held onto clothes for 10 years just in case they fit me again one day. After two children I have come to the realization that this may never happen and if it does I will enjoy going out and shopping for new clothes!!

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cheryl streeter September 24, 2016 - 8:58 PM

Top of my spring cleaning list is to sort out all of the clothes that are too small up in the attic and to repack and sort boxes in the shed containing household things that were broken when I first moved 6 yrs ago!

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Janet September 25, 2016 - 7:20 AM

Our ‘Spring clean’ started a month ago as we had a mildew problem and needed to get the professionals in, so every blind, sheet, towel and piece of clothing were also cleaned and reorganised. We are still unpacking and purging things like toys and books but top of my list right now has to be the garden and shed – clearing away Winter overgrowth and all those random plastic pots, tools, and seed packets that have accumulated. Its the perfect time to create a fresh open room full of colour and edibles – a sanctuary where we can relax and enjoy the warmer weather.

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Carolyn Murphy September 25, 2016 - 8:56 AM

My big spring clean task is all the windows and windowsills on my double storey home. Some have mould after 6 months of cold and damp Melbourne weather, and certainly all are filthy from the weather. Nothing brightens up the home more than clean windows, and now the days are lightening and lengthening, I want to rejoice in opening the curtains every morning!

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Sandra September 25, 2016 - 9:56 AM

My top spring project is ongoing & very rewarding.During the year I either put aside small items in a box or write a list of big items we no longer need or use in readiness for a garage sale.The week before I gather everything & start pricing.Afterwards the whole house gets a spring clean.Its a feel good moment when I’m finished & everyone benefits.Sat 22nd Oct 2016 is Australia’s biggest garage sale. garagesaletrail.com.au

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Tracey September 25, 2016 - 11:30 AM

Spring project is going through ALL the kids clothes to see what’s too small, hand me downs to sort, clothes to be passed on, put away their winter gear etc

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Melanie September 25, 2016 - 3:05 PM

Top of my Spring Cleaning List is to de-clutter all horizontal surfaces in our main living and kitchen areas. The season for “cosy” has gone and I am craving lightness and airiness in these areas. So it’s time to purge what’s no longer needed and only display that which is functional and beautiful!

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Sue kerr September 25, 2016 - 4:47 PM

Hi Kat, my spring cleaning must do is to clean out the wardrobes in my 2 spare bedrooms! They are bursting at the seams with all sorts of stuff – Christmas decorations, old toys, board games, jigsaws, clothes that no long fit – you get the picture. ?

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Cymone Harriss September 25, 2016 - 8:02 PM

My top spring clean list is to clean and organize the study which is used as a dumping ground & as I’m trying to actually study in it it makes it hard as all I see is mess when I need inspiration

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Shell September 26, 2016 - 8:13 AM

My spring cleaning involves cleaning of the blinds. Our house has blinds at every window and they get so so dusty. It’s a horrible job that keeps getting put off but it must be done.

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ellen September 26, 2016 - 4:26 PM

Spring Clean – Item 1: Create a new creative space
We have a spare room aka dump zone.
My idea is to turn it into a multi purpose room – half office, half TV room.
Its a huge de-clutter – we have started a dump, sell and donate pile to get us on the right track.

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Katrina September 27, 2016 - 9:00 AM

My first task is to organise the kid’s art space – a bigger desk with forward facing shelves for their activity books, separate containers for pencils, crayons etc, and some tub-style drawers for the arts and crafts paraphernalia. In helping me clear it out they’ve actually ended up using or reusing lots of stuff that would’ve otherwise been tossed, so it’s been a productive endeavour so far! And now they have a bigger, clearer space they spend so much more time drawing and colouring and creating, which I love to see!

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Rose Knauth September 27, 2016 - 9:21 AM

Oh my goodness. I love Spring and spring cleaning is so revitalising to our well being. I am going to clean along the window sills as i noticed mould has built up – we have aluminium frames and am new to this house so am still learning what gets dirty in this house and what areas need an extra lift and attention – much like our faces need extra attention.
Love the web site and am so excited about getting my new mission. Keep up the great projects

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Jolene Davis September 27, 2016 - 9:40 AM

I live in an area where we seem to go from freezing cold to boiling hot overnight! For this reason my wardobe is always my most important springtime cleaning job. I don’t change over my clothes but the winter clothes seem to take over and I can never find a decent t-shirt when I need one!!

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Jolene Davis September 27, 2016 - 9:41 AM

I live in an area where we seem to go from freezing cold to boiling hot overnight! For this reason my wardrobe is always my most important springtime cleaning job. I don’t change over my clothes but the winter clothes seem to take over and I can never find a decent t-shirt when I need one!!

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Lisa September 28, 2016 - 9:49 PM

Sadly for me, it’s donating the newborn clothes that have been worn for the last time. Looking forward to switching the coat hangers around to see how much of our wardrobes we actually wear. Great tip!

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Kat D September 28, 2016 - 9:55 PM

My spring clean top priority is hanging the doona’s out on the washing line, vacuuming the mattresses and under the beds.

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Jody September 28, 2016 - 10:01 PM

Top on our list is to change dumping habits. With our first puppy arriving this weekend we are trying to get ahead and avoid any unnecessary heartache with chewed up favourite items! With 2 young kids, 2 bunnies and this new puppy I think I could be in need of some Olay products! 😉

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Kirsty September 29, 2016 - 9:34 AM

Top of my spring cleaning list is to finish reading The Organised Housewife’s fabulous post 7 IDEAS FOR ORGANISING KIDS WARDROBES and work out whether it is time for my nearly 8yo to upgrade from a little girl’s wardrobe to a grown-up size wardrobe. There will be lots of ‘donate bags’ put together, probably some tears (from me, when I have to let go of some of her little girl clothes), and lots of hoorays when it’s finished! Hopefully I can get it looking as good as the ideas in Katrina’s post.

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Caitlyn Maurer September 29, 2016 - 3:30 PM

Top of my spring cleaning list is to wash all the curtains and clean all the blinds. Then I’ll be giving the Windows a good clean inside and out so they can sparkle on the beautiful spring days ahead ?

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kerrie September 30, 2016 - 12:29 PM

My Spring task is to strip the beds, change to lighter linens and dust under and around the beds, cupboards, skirting boards etc.

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Virginia September 30, 2016 - 8:36 PM

I must clean out my wardrobe. I’ve resorted to storing clothes in a laundry basket because I’m out of space ?

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Caroline Manson October 1, 2016 - 2:04 PM

Hi Kat,
With 4 children and school starting again soon my number one job is to sort out the school uniforms and get organised. I cannot believe how much they have all grown- again. So I know that there are summer dresses waiting to be hemmed but I’m thinking I might need to make your muffins first then I’ll get stuck into the sewing

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Kristina S October 1, 2016 - 9:49 PM

I have been watching Sarah Nourse on youtube and she has really motivated me to minimise my life. I went through my closet and 7 yes 7! drawers this week (school holidays / I work at a primary school so i’m off too) it felt really good, freeing almost. Also fund some close I’d forgotten I owned so it was like getting new clothes too haha.
Thanks for all your tips would love that chicken & pumpkin lasgagne recipe too 😉 Thanks

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Eva Kiraly October 2, 2016 - 12:34 PM

I need to clean out the garage so I can fit the car back in, it’s getting sun damage and the garage looks horrorfying!

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Sharon M October 3, 2016 - 8:24 AM

Okay, where do I start. We have been in our house five years and have just begun painting!!!!!!!!! Yes, the smell of fresh paint never smelt so good. So, every room we start to paint gets cleaned and sorted from top to bottom. Six to go!!! See you in summer 🙂

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Cathy B October 3, 2016 - 8:30 AM

I’d love to organise my garden shed this Spring, it’s overflowing with empty pots for ‘one day’ cuttings, jars of saved seeds, fertilizer, sprays and tools. All of which is useful garden stuff, it’s the other stuff that shouldn’t be there that needs organising out of my shed! The junk that accumulates, the broken objects that are never to be mended and hubby’s assorted junk…he has a shed of his own! If I could go inside without the spiders and creepy crawlies that have taken up residents and the stacks of breeding plastic pots not caving in on me, I’d be a happy woman…..I may even yell OLAY!

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Rachel Oliver October 3, 2016 - 10:43 AM

The top on my to do list is to organise all my paperwork. I’ve bought folders and I have a label maker and I want to organise it all by category so it’s easier to find things. Finding motivation to do it is getting harder though!

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Monica S. October 3, 2016 - 5:34 PM

Organise our shed…putting ‘like’ things together and tossing out anything that we havn’t used in the last 12 months. Our garden and home will benefit as we will find what we need much easier and will motivate us to spring clean around our property!

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Andrea Lanyon October 3, 2016 - 7:33 PM

Clearing the hot spots is absolutely number one on my spring to-do list. Our kitchen benches are being treated like storage space, and there’s nowhere left for meal preparation!

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Helen Curtis October 3, 2016 - 8:12 PM

The clothes! Thankfully, I tend to keep on top of these every season…which is a minor miracle, given I’m organisationally-challenged in every possible way! 😀

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Rita Maguire October 3, 2016 - 9:14 PM

Pruning, mulching, planting,
Potting, cutting, mowing.
Spring is my favourite time,
To the nursery I’ll be going!

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Beccy October 3, 2016 - 9:44 PM

New season, house on the market, new opportunities arising – life, home and soul are being Spring cleaned! It’s a big change but it’s the “hot spots” where paper and clutter are stored that are seeing my attention currently.

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Kate October 3, 2016 - 9:53 PM

Hi Kat,
I am definitely going to organise my ‘corner’ cupboard in my kitchen. After finding your website through Instagram I know once I get started I won’t stop! That dreaded corner cupboard where there is everything and anything! It’s time!

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Rene'e Hermansen October 3, 2016 - 10:06 PM

My top spring to do thing
is pack my house to but I dont know where to begin
I am sure I will be fine given the time.

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Fiona Harch October 3, 2016 - 11:16 PM

Hi Katrina,
My top spring cleaning job is to clean out and reorganise our wardrobes. I have a two year old and an 11 month old and I need to sort out the clothes that no longer fit them. I also need to sort my clothes out as they are currently in my sons room. I really love your idea of sorting out the clothes you don’t wear during a season by hanging them the opposite way to how you normally would. I will be doing this when I tackle this job in the coming weeks.

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Gemma October 11, 2016 - 1:18 PM

At the beginning of each year I consider and write down what I would like to improve upon/achieve throughout the coming 12 months. These “goals” can relate to personal, relationship, family or household things. When it hits spring cleaning time, it is time to check if any of these goals have been improved/achieved. I find that writing them down makes me accountable to myself and I usually get at least some of them done. And for the rest, I have the remaining three months of the year to get to it!

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