How we all wish cleaning the house could be done with a simple snapping of the fingers! Mary Poppins has a lot to answer for, embedding unrealistic expectations in children the world over. That said, there is a lot to be gained from biting the bullet, getting stuck in and spring cleaning the hard way.
Finding Treasure Remember those shoes you bought last year with the teal suede ankle straps? No? Of course you don't, they've been buried in the cupboard where you stashed them before your last house inspection, under the pile of pants that need the hems taken up and the seven books you've borrowed and not got around to reading yet.
Spring cleaning always reveals a veritable treasure trove of lost and forgotten items that haven't been getting all the love and attention they deserve. A whole new wardrobe can be found... in your wardrobe. Not to mention a few relics from the past that can induce an afternoon stroll down memory lane.
The best thing to do is pull everything out and start sorting. Divide into piles of what needs to be thrown out, what you'll use and what should be stored in a neat and orderly fashion. If you have anything in good condition that you don't think you'll make use of then do a good deed and donate it to charity.
Sweating It Out No-one likes cleaning because it takes so much energy. Think of it as a work out. For every spec of dust that is removed, so too is a calorie! (Not an exact equation, but you get the idea). Put on some loud music and then spray and wipe and polish your little heart out.
Energetic spring cleaning will cause your endorphins to start swimming about, and suddenly you'll feel a whole lot happier about being on your hands and knees scrubbing out the unknown substance from under the fridge crisper drawer.
Feeling Virtuous Once you've had a shower, put on fresh jim-jams and slid into bed between clean sheets, in your orderly bedroom, in your sparkling house, you'll be completely overwhelmed with fatigue, yes, but also a sense of being incredibly righteous and refreshed.
You are a person with an immaculate abode. There aren't five empty conditioner bottles rattling around in the shower, your CDs are all in their rightful cases and there aren't dust-bunnies under the furniture the size of your head. You can sleep the sleep of the virtuous. For one night at least.
Of course, if this all seems like too much, you can always bribe, cajole or blackmail someone else into spring cleaning for you and still achieve items A and B with a vigorous shopping excursion.