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How I do my big Spring clean……

When it comes to cleaning our house, it’s just not something I am very good at. Don’t get me wrong my house is clean and tidy but not show home standards. Unlike my best friend’s house, that is always immaculate and with 3 young boys living at home I have no idea how she does it. Anyway, I like to think of my house it as lived in! My hubby would say ‘we have too much clutter’. I however like it, I think my French dresser is what he refers too, because it is full of things that the children have made and my gorgeous collection of Emma Bridgewater items, including my very much love Royal mugs.

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The kitchen in our house is connected to the open plan family area. It’s a great space that gets used more than any other room in the house. We entertain friends in there, as it has large patio doors leading out to the garden. Perfect for popping in to top up drinks.

As most of my readers will know, we have big dreams for our forever home, but until that dream becomes a reality I will just have to make do with what we have. Like many homes across the country this time of year is always about the big Spring clean, this year I’m going for the BIG Spring clean for the kitchen space before moving, probably slowly around the rest of the house.

My big kitchen spring clean

The kitchen is the space in our house that is continuously in use, so it also gets cleaned daily. The worktops get wiped down a few times a day as meals and drinks are prepared there. However for my BIG spring clean, everything is come out.

Starting with the cupboards, our plate cupboard is still full of plastic bits from when the children were little. So removing all of the plates, bowls, side plates, pasta bowls sorting out anything that is just not used any more. Cleaning all of the shelf’s then returning everything nice, clean and neatly. I like to keep some of the children’s plastic plates and bowls so when they have a picnic in the garden or they have friends round I’m not so worried about them getting broken.

On to the food cupboards, removing everything throwing away anything that is out of date. For some reason we always seem to have a packet or tin of something I thought was a good idea at the time and just never used it, please tell me I am not alone in that? I wipe everything down and place back in, then try to make a little shopping list of the items that need replacing or that we have ran out of.

The glass cupboard is next, I love my jam jar style glasses however, they all have handles on them which means they do not sit well in the cupboard. So, this year I have given a couple to my Hubby to take into work, to free up a little bit of space. I couldn’t possibly clear out any of the wine or gin glasses!! Same again giving everything inside a good wipe down and then re-cleaning the glass wear to make it sparkle.

My mug cupboard is full of my lovely Emma Bridgewater mugs that I have been adding to over the last few years. It is also home to my array of different flavoured teas, coffee, hot chocolates, marshmallows and anything else I need to find a home for in the kitchen. This time I found packets of cress seeds and little foam aeroplanes for some unknown reason.

The worst job for me is the kitchen drawers. The cutlery draw is not so bad, I remove it all clean it out and then put it all away again. Removing about 10 syringes that have come with the children’s Calpol and still having more than I need left. The middle drawn, is just the drawn from hell! Crammed full of everything, cling film, serving spoons, kitchen foil, baking paper, fabric napkins, paper napkins, birthday candles, food bags, batteries, sellotape, pens, a pencil case and god only knows what else. It honestly is the most untidy draw in the house. However after I have removed everything, binned the bits that are no longer needed and neatly placed everything away, it looks great. Now I just have to keep it that way…………. I wonder how long that will last?

The draw full of the pans, is a jigsaw of fitting everything in. So as long as when you try and put it all back together you pack it nicely it will all go pack in, however stack something wrong you have no chance of closing that drawer. So after a good clean out it’s back to looking like my normal pan draw just a bit cleaner.

On to the cupboard tops, we seem to store the odd extra thing up there, extra cereal boxes, a box of spare wine and gin glasses (I would hate to smash one and not have enough glasses), bags of crisps and any other bits that I cannot find space for within the cupboards. Plus all of the dust that seems to gather up there, meant that cleaning it all took a bit more effort than a quick wipe down.

I pulled out the cooker and the fridge to give it a good clean behind and underneath. Before removing everything from the worktops, giving it all a good clean down before returning it all to place. I have a large solid wooden chopping board that I love, and I would eventually love a solid wooden work top.

Worktop Express have a fabulous range to choose from, they have also given me some fabulous ways to get your big Spring clean started.

How do you Spring clean your kitchen? I know mine takes a lot of kitchen roll and time.

 

*This is a collaborative post with Worktop Express. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Moving in with Your Partner for the First Time

For most couples, the first big milestone in their relationship is when they decide to move in together. A lot of people will tell you that this is one of the most testing periods in your relationship, and you will probably dismiss them and say that it will be fine. What is the worst that can happen? Well, no matter how much you love each other, when you bring two people together that are used to having their own way, arguments can commence. To try and keep everything as smooth and positive as possible, read on to discover some useful tips…

Be prepared to let some things go – This is the number one rule when moving in together. You need to be prepared to let some things go. Not all fights are worth having. Not everything needs to be said. You need to avoid nit-picking with one and other. You are only going to put your partner on the defensive if you question their every move.

Don’t rush into buying a home – A lot of people decide to rent before they buy because they want to trial living together. While this is a good idea, it is not for everyone, and you may wish to purchase a home. If you go for the latter, you should not rush into it. Buying a home is a huge commitment, so make sure the property is right for you and choose a reputable company like Prospect Homes. You will be much better off waiting for the perfect property than rushing into it simply because you can’t wait to live with one and other.

Take your space – No matter how much you love someone, you are going to need some time to yourself. So, make sure you take your space. Set aside some activities for you to enjoy by yourself. Coordinating alone time is just as pivotal as ensuring you still have date nights – which is another tip for moving in together by the way!

Divvy up the chores ahead of time – Yes, chores are boring, but they are part of living together. Cleaning can become a massive struggle, as you simply end up waiting for the other person to clean. Not only this, but you may find that you and your partner are on two completely different pages with regards to what is clean and what isn’t. This sort of thing needs to be sorted ahead of time.

Don’t assume you will naturally get more time together – Just because you are living together does not mean you are going to get quality time together. People lead busy lives. When you get home from work, there is dinner to make, things to do, showers to have, and so on! You will be surprised by how little quality time you get.

Hopefully, you now feel more prepared for life with your partner. There are going to be some ups and downs along the way, but if you follow the advice that has been provided, you can avoid some of those downs. Good luck!

Note book Heaven at Tangible Stationery

It’s no secret that I love stationery, I mean really love stationery. I find myself buying items all the time, I now don’t think I will need another note book for about five years. However that doesn’t stop me buying more items to add to my collection of gorgeous things.

I have found recently that I love writing in fountain pen, I used to love my Parker fountain pens at school and when I was at training college my Hubby bought me one for taking notes with, its now 11 year old and hidden in the depts of my draw. However, now you can get a disposable fountain pen, which means no buying ink cartridges and loosing them and buying more only to find that 100 pack you bought a couple of days later. Made my life so much easier.

Note book Heaven at Tangible Stationery

Like I say I love note books, and Tangible Stationery have a fabulous range of gorgeous note books. Now, we all spend so much time on our screens, there is an app for just about everything, so we don’t even have to take a pen with us anywhere.

For me, I love having a note pad with me to be able to quickly jot something down. Putting pen to paper for me is a relaxing thing to do, it stops me looking at the screen of my iPhone adding notes to my apps. Plus I love being able to cross something out that isn’t suitable.

Matidla Myres produces lovely note books and diaries, I love this pink and green, rose gold foiled note books. The pages are ivory in colour and lined, with lovely rounded edges. Plus they look so pretty. The note books have a luxury feel to them, no cheap see through pages, which is great for a fountain pen lover like me. I also like that each page has a little box at the bottom so you are able to number the pages to suit your plans for the note book.

Lists made easy

I love to make lists and for me I love a magnetic note pad that sticks to the fridge, I write down things that need replacing when I do the next food shop. Or I will make lists of items I need to remember for a day out or a holiday, birthday party I really love a list. This gorgeous teal gift set from Matilda Myres, includes a lovely bright floral note book and the perfect fridge note book.

I really like the products available at Tangible Stationery, I just hope they start to expend the product range to include other items. If the quality and style of other items matches the note books, it would the place to for all of your stationery needs. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for more products.

Are you a stationery lover? What is your favourite stationery item?

 

*Thank you Tangible Stationery for sending me out these items to include within my post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*