I’ve often wondered about the meaning of ‘spring clean’. Do we really have to wait for the weather to turn in our favour to move into action and clean out the things in our lives which we really don’t need?

We often wait for the right moment to take action; the perfect time where everything aligns and we have the time to do a big ‘Spring clean’ to really break free of the things in our lives which not only aren’t needed, but in many cases just weigh us down.

When it comes to the most common form of spring cleaning – the big house clean up – I’ve learned that de-cluttering is one of the most rewarding exercises possible. We live with so many things attached to us which do nothing more than clutter our lives, our thoughts, our space and our freedom. I do understand however, that when it comes to the spring clean, it can be a case of easier said than done. Sometimes just the thought of de-cluttering is overwhelming – you just know the amount of stuff to get through in the house and garage is too much to even contemplate starting. But despite what can seem a daunting task at first, the great thing about a spring clean is that you don’t have to do it all at once.

A tip – start with just one small room at a time and be unforgiving – if you haven’t worn it, used it, loved it or needed it in the last 6 months then bin it or donate it. Start with the bathroom – how many half used bottles of facial enhancers do you really need? How many hair volumizers does it take to create body in your hair? Get rid of them. Your reward? A clean bathroom, a spring in your step as you’re no longer weighed down by useless things and a happy man who will certainly reward you for freeing up space for his grooming kit!


Author: Elka Whalan

Elka Whalan is a much loved and recognized member of the Australian media landscape, both for her athletic career, and her media commentary. A dual Olympian, Elka is now a mother of two young children and can be seen regularly on Sunrise and The Morning Show. Recently Elka also became an Ambassador for Healthy Bones Australia and REXONA, and is passionate about keeping fit, healthy, and keeping the romance alive in her marriage.

  • A good article and it something l need to do now!


  • Definitely needing to free some space in my house and mind – been decluttering for months! Spring is a time of new beginnings and better weather for opening up the garage/windows etc to let clean air in and junk out!


  • I agree I am going through one room at a time to make sure its done properly but achievable


  • I love spring cleaning and a good de-cluttering as long as my hubby takes the kids outta the house for the day, i need to focus!


  • you can also have a big clean up every few months or so.


  • I actually love spring cleaning! What I do is create piles: throw, recycle, keep and maybe. The maybe pile I putaway in the shed. If I don’t retrieve it within a month, I discard it.

    When I was younger, I used to host ‘swap parties’ where everyone came for afternoon tea and brought makeup, clothes, accessories, shoes and so on.

    After all, one persons trash is another persons treasure.


  • Interesting article and a good read. Spring clean is in order!

    • Thank you for the useful spring cleaning tips too!


  • More wonderful tips and advice for spring cleaning, thank you.


  • Yes I need to do this!


  • I love the feeling when I’ve finished a ‘spring’ clean, unfortunately I often find it hard to throw clothes away.


  • Love sorting and throwing things out


  • i am wanting to clean these days and this read has given me some ideas as well as inspired me to clean even when its cold :) thanks


  • Decluttering gives you a great sense of satisfaction


  • It feels great once it all been done doesn’t it!


  • At the end of every season I have a resume of all the wardrobes, draws etc. I do the kitchen as I go thru the year, then I never have to do it all.

    Be interested in others regime


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