In the last year, I’ve gone from a pretty standard, kinda boring and average 25 year old to a 40 year old woman. I watch Louise Pentland (otherwise known as Sprinkle of Glitter, for anyone who doesn’t know) on YouTube doing her laundry and speed cleaning her kitchen on the regular. And I love it. My YouTube tastes have gone from watching fun, holiday vlogs and make-up hauls to watching someone clean their house. And you know what? I am totally down for that. I love cleaning. I love organizing things, sorting things out, making sure things look nice and hoovering… don’t get me started on how satisfying I find hoovering.
So, as you can imagine, I’m super happy to be featuring some products which were kindly sent to me by Home Bargains on my blog today, all of which promote a ‘Spring Refresh‘. Because hey, you guessed it, it’s that time of year again. Although we haven’t experienced too much Spring in the U.K thus far this year and it feels like it’s been raining for literally decades, it’s firmly here and I think Spring is a wonderful time to really have a mental and physical detox. And a Spring clean is the perfect way to start that!
And Home Bargains is a bloody brilliant shop, which sells everything from home-wear, toys, cleaning products, health and beauty, arts and crafts and much, much more all for ridiculously cheap prices. So it’s the perfect place to pop to and stock up on all those Spring cleaning products you’ve been meaning to buy!
So a quick round up of the products I received; the first one was this lovely “There’s no place like Home” plaque *, which is featured in the above photo. This was a nice surprise as I wasn’t expecting anything like this but I really like it and it’ll be perfect to hang pictures on or even important letters / documents that you need to keep handy. The wood looks lovely and it’s a really understated product so yes, well done Home Bargains.
The next two I have been sniffing non-stop since I opened my box, a Wickford & Co candle * and a Wickford & Co reed diffuser *, both in the scent Cotton Breeze. If, like me, you love the smell of freshly washed sheets which have been hanging in the garden all day then this scent will blow your socks off. It’s absolutely gorgeous and the perfect Spring scent for the home! I’ve gifted the reed diffuser to my Mum, which is now diffusing nicely in the living room but I’ll certainly be lighting my candle when I can bring myself to!
And finally… the part that will have us split 50/50. Those that love scrubbing, cleaning and descaling the kitchen. And those that, well, really bloody don’t. I was sent a Cif Power Shine * for the kitchen, a packet of Power Action rubber gloves * and 5 Power Action microfibre dish cloths * to get me started on my Spring cleaning. These will all come in very useful – especially the microfibre cloths which are brilliant for polishing and really handy on things like the TV, where they don’t leave marks.
Tips to make your Spring clean more manageable
- One thing at a time: Start with one room or one area of a room and go from there. This is one of those times when looking at the “big picture” isn’t going to help. Because the “big picture” is messy and overwhelming. But one small section of a room certainly isn’t!
- Be prepared: Have everything you need before you even start. Cleaning supplies, bin bags for rubbish, recycling bags for recycling, rubber gloves – whatever else you need.
- Don’t be scared: A Spring clean is the perfect time to detox. Out with the old, in with the new. So don’t be scared to have a de-clutter and throw some of your old stuff away. I bet there’s tons of things you haven’t used in years which are taking up space!
- Make lists: I’m a huge list-maker. If I can make a list for something, I will. And even if I can’t, I’ll try. Making a list and making a note of every aspect of your Spring clean will help you not lose track of what you’ve done, haven’t done or need to do. You can even categorise those lists into, “kitchen”, “bedroom”, “bathroom” etc!
- Treat yourself: A Spring clean is a big, ol’ job. So don’t forget to treat yourself after a hard days Spring cleaning to something you enjoy! You deserve it and it’ll give you something to look forward to.
I hope you liked this post and my tips were helpful! Do you like Spring cleaning? Have you started yours yet? And do you have any tips of your own of how you manage it or any holy grail products you use?
* All products marked with a (*) were gifted