Home is where the heart is…

They say that a Brit’s home is their castle but in recent weeks, it’s also become our restaurant, our park, our personal spa, our office, we could go on… That’s why this week, we’ve turned our attention to all things clean and tidy.

Home is where the heart is…

Whether we have a two-bed in the city or a couple of acres in the country, we’ve all take a sudden interest in making sure our homes and gardens look as good as possible. (‘tis the season for spring cleaning, after all).

If you’re suddenly realising that your 15-year-old has probably grown out of her Barbie doll collection by now or that your ill-fated love affair with macramé is long over then it’s time to check out our top tips for decluttering your home.

And, if you’re feeling creative and want to revamp your garden without spending a penny or give your lounge a new lease of life before your take away arrives, then we’ve got tips for that over on supersavvyme too!

But, you might already have a ton of ideas for streamlining, spring cleaning and decluttering and if so then we want to hear from you.

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@all: Have you been decluttering this lockdown?


tiffanyj • 26/05/2020 - 10:34

We’ve bought boxes for under the sink to tidy up all the cleaning bits, then we’ve baked lost days and used up and ingredients close to use by date so it’s been refreshing and yummy ❤️

Tuti1705h • 26/05/2020 - 10:43

I have made shelves in my child room so she can put her toys in tidy way, and I give away a lot of small clothes and old toys she is no longer play with, in the kitchen, I have bought storage containers and I put everything in specific container.

jbean75 • 26/05/2020 - 10:43

We’ve had to completely revamp the spare room so we can both work from home.

Jansolan • 26/05/2020 - 11:02

I've completely updated a room using paint I found in the garage & generally de-cluttering & replacing pictures & ornaments. I was pleasantly surprised with the end results!

XxxDaniellexxX • 26/05/2020 - 11:04

I stored everything I didn't use under the stairs, it's open space and pet friendly so I got rid of everything I didn't use and we made it into a lock down project with the children to create our pup Teddy he's own bedroom with a safety gate on, he has lights and stickers and he loves it.. Children's toys were a nightmare so we bought the IKEA kallax type units, we have the Mrs hinch style storage containers for breakfast cereal and boxes in most cupboards for the essentials... Life is so much easier with a place for everything and everything in its place

jojojo • 26/05/2020 - 11:10

Do small bit by bit, then only it works. If you need to clean, dont start from current position. instead take all of them out , then sort and stack and enjoy!

Gooner4life • 26/05/2020 - 11:12

Me and kids have been baking and decluttering and hubby's been doing garden and odd jobs around which he didn't have time to do so all in all - great

lorka • 26/05/2020 - 11:16

We are doing one room at a time and getting rid of anything we don't use anymore. We have three boxes to put the unwanted items - one for charity, one for selling and one for hand-me downs to friends and family. It feels so good to declutter.

Nobby114 • 26/05/2020 - 11:16

I’ve spent most of lock down clearing cupboards out and selling what we haven’t used in the last 6 months. It’s been an easy way to make some spare money - now going to use that to redecorate daughter’s bedroom. It feels good to have tidy cupboards. Everything in its place. Also lots of recycling and donating.

Enigma1 • 26/05/2020 - 11:17

My husband had to declutter to make space for working from home. Gave me the opportunity to go through my children’s toys which was a never ending job!!! However at the end of if we kept some of the kids favourite toys. And other toys that are suitably usable . We put them in cardboard boxes and left a note on the box asking any one passing by to help themselves to free good quality toys. By the evening the toys had gone and found a new home 🙂

scruffyNinja • 26/05/2020 - 11:51

I’ve been sorting through old paperwork and shredding old stuff to put in the recycling bin

Karina1984 • 26/05/2020 - 12:05

We have redecorated the whole of the house, decluttering as we go.
All clothes have been checked for sizing and now ready to sell or send to charity shops.
Sheds have been organised.
Cupboard organised with all labels facing forward and so much finally used up so I dont have to go to the shops.

firoz • 26/05/2020 - 12:07


Ssmall • 26/05/2020 - 13:27

I always like my house clean and decluttering is a must we have got rid of old close and put them to charity.painted all out buildings and brought more plants for garden.painted all fascia boards. Husband has put unsuit in our bedroom.Nothing like a little Diy.keeping productive is key in lock down.

rie01 • 26/05/2020 - 13:35

Iv been sorting out my sons bedroom there is so much stuff.

BlackFriday • 26/05/2020 - 14:02

Well I have been retired for 5 years,but have got more done in this lockdown as I have had the time and the inclination to do all the not so nice jobs on my list.I can honestly say I have enjoyed doing as well.

missie1977 • 26/05/2020 - 14:23

Hi Everyone I spent the first two weeks of lockdown painting all my doors and skirting boards in my home,And then done all the ceilings the rest of the house didn’t need anything doing to it so I started a deep clean,I started in my bathroom which is fully tiled as I gave them a good scrub and have them shining like a new.
And then deep clean the rest of the house and passed on stuff I did not need or use on a swap site on Facebook so they’ve all gone to help somebody else .the last room to deep clean is my kitchen a young girl has moved in near me and I’ve said that she could have any bakeware that I don’t need or use,I then plan on relaxing for the rest of the time that we are in lockdown x

humperdinckly • 26/05/2020 - 14:41

I have a toddler, at this point it would be easier to buy a new house and start again 🙈 I get the basics done but spring cleaning is just a fantasy at the moment.

lae123 • 26/05/2020 - 15:53

I have to admit to being a hoarder and a crafter so things are kept because they will come in useful sometime. With the exception of the small bedroom which has most of my craft supplies, I try to keep things tidy but we have difficulties at the moment. I have had serious mobility limitations and my husband is also disabled. For many years we have had a cleaner to do the jobs we can’t do but this virus has put paid to that as we are totally self isolating so we are having to manage as best as we can. It can take us two days to dust and vacuum each room so we are just doing what we can.

Goodman69 • 26/05/2020 - 16:17

Before the coronavirus, I had my flat redecorated, and now only my bedroom to do. Over the lookdown I have cleaned the tops of the kitchen cupboards, as they were dusty. I have got a bag ready to give to British Foundation as some of my trousers are too small for me.

lily_rules • 26/05/2020 - 16:18

I have got rid of loads of stuff and moved some bits of furniture around, but I still have so much left to get rid of! It's unbelievable what you collect over the years. So it's a work in progress!

Staceylawrence • 26/05/2020 - 16:24

I have brought boxes tubs and storage for everywhere, my fridge my salad now has is own little box separate to normal veg, and so does the mushrooms garlic and everything else that now dosent belong in ether the roast veg box or the salad box. Under my sink was a nightmare but will be transformed once I put these boxes to good use I have brought a shelve for in the garage to store things on too 🙈 next on my list is storage for the cupboard for those pesky packet sauces that run away from me when trying to reach in to get them and anything else I can squeeze into a box 😂

Staceylawrence • 26/05/2020 - 16:27

We have also had a skip and thrown out half the house and are now decorating and have also emptied the shed and done all the garden been a very busy few weeks but will be worth it once it's all done.

Talkhome • 26/05/2020 - 16:45

The use of flashmop isvery imperative. Use it more often nowadays

valencialm722 • 26/05/2020 - 18:47

We are doing a deep spring clean to our wee flat. Reporting our house plants and planting spring plants on the patio garden.

traceyjy • 26/05/2020 - 18:55

Sorted every wardrobe and cupboard in the entire house. Cannot believe how many bags we are sending to our local Breast Cancer Helpline. They will be over the moon. My house has been de-clutted from top to bottom and I feel good haha

Weewasherwumin • 26/05/2020 - 20:12

I've been swapping my winter items over ( store in vacuum bags ) anything that was not fitting or no longer what I like ,split between charity bags ( I work in Marie curie) , or if baggy etc into recycling, I can also hand in to my work ,or into local recycling facilities.
I've also done similar with my younger 2 grandsons , it looks nice with all paler shades ( probably my preference)
I've sorted my smaller wardrobe in my bedroom with , vest tops and t.shirts instead of jumpers and long sleeved tops .
Around the house , curtains all taken down , duvets either washed or replaced, same with pillows.
I need to know where everything is ( even if I can't reach )
Organisation and de-cluttering can take as long as you want , it's good for distractions too if you're caught up in nonsense on t.v etc .

Music84 • 26/05/2020 - 21:18

During the lockdown i been doing lots of de cluttering in the house first thing i got lots of baskets i fill them with bathroom cosmetics and towels and i invest in ladder like shelve unit because our bathroom is quite small another tip for my lipstick i got them hundreds i put them in glass clear cookie jar so i can see where is my favourite lippy and they are all in one safe place

Mairausman • 26/05/2020 - 23:39

we just rearrange our store to add some more shelvs and put extra bits there. as i force my husband to add shelves in my cupboard as well and he laughed. 😂

cookiemonster66 • 27/05/2020 - 02:59

we moved to a bungalow last year to be nearer the grandchildren. During lock down we have redecorated the spare room ready for when they can come for sleep overs again, we just need to get to IKEA for some KALAX storage for their toys, and clothes and it is finished. We cannot wait, it is the light at the end of the covid tunnel, looking forward to the day they can come and stay in their new bedroom at nannys house.

1tinaord • 27/05/2020 - 10:06

Anyone else went too far?! I smashed up my shed and pulled out all the unwanted plants only to realise I can't fund what I want to do but hey at least I could finally paint the bits of fence I couldn't before 😅

kzedii • 28/05/2020 - 10:30

Have decluttered kids toys and sorted,into categories tahat they can use on a daily basis, so Colouring pencils/ felt tips are now in a small carry box and placed with the colouring/ puzzle books so all in one place. Reading books together on another place. Paintbrushes and paints etc in one seperate box. Playdough items in seperate box. The idea is they take out each box play.use and then it goes back. Also easy for me to find the items.

Have also started clearing the kitchen units and being ruthless. Got rid of out of date items at back of cupboards and only buying things we need (checking cupboards before we make grocery list). Also getting rid of extra plastic boxes, cutlery we dont use etc.

Made a vegetable and flower patch to grow vegetables etc in garden.

POPPIE100 • 28/05/2020 - 16:37

Have no children at home but do have a large Saint Bernard, so decided to clean all dog bedding and sort out all dog toys and wash. Thought this would be an easy job but with the dog thinking this is a good game with my toys it took a lot longer than antisipated.Hope you are all well.

Mumonamission • 28/05/2020 - 16:43

In this house it all about the team work during lockdown with 2 adults and 2 teen boys at home all the time it can be impossible to keep up with the day to day chores but by everyone taking on a few jobs we soon get it done!! It's been an opportunity to develop the lads independence skills a bit give them a chance to declutter too taking ownership and share the workload #teamworkiswhatmakesthedreamwork #StayWellStayHome

oceandream57 • 28/05/2020 - 18:46

I've used my lockdown time for lots of decluttering that was years overdue! We've cleared up the study and have been working our way through the middle (spare) bedroom, including the contents of the base of the ottoman bed and reorganising my 3 large memory boxes and photo albums. Hopefully this will mean we can now keep on top of it in the future

thelittlesavvy1 • 28/05/2020 - 20:24

The Coronavirus and Lockdown has had me keeping things even more clean and tidy than usual for a couple of reasons. When people were buying everything off the shelves I couldn’t even get a bottle of bleach but that didn’t stop me keeping my kitchen work tops and other surfaces, fridge, cupboards and floors clean instead I purchased a box of Sterilising Tablets that did the job just as good.
Also lockdown has given me plenty time to tidy up around the house and garden, I’ve managed to sort things out where now everything has it’s own place and gave away items I didn’t want anymore which is always good - I love a good clear out!
Moving the furniture around as well is good too, feels nice to have things neat, tidy and put away. Makes being in the room feel so much better.

britishindianwife • 29/05/2020 - 04:38

The lockdown has most certainly been a time for refection. For me, a time I have most regretted decisions I didn't make sooner, such as moving out of this one bedroom congested flat. It feels congested but in all honesty, it isn't, it's all in my mind of claustrophobia kicking in after many weeks of staying home. I have wondered what life would be like in another home but as weeks have progressed, I haved accepted this is us now and we have to make do with the situation we find ourselves in. Being high risk, we are limited to what we have at home or restricted to what we can get hold of that being able to juts pop out for some essentials. So, I am utilising everything we have. Learning natural ways to clean, and truly discovering a little goes a long way. Cleaning, de-cluttering and moving things around makes it feel like a new home and keeps our minds busy and distracted. Cleaning gives you a routine and at a time like this, it's much needed I think. So if like me, your questions everything you didn't do, praise yourself for everything you did do in Lockdown 💛

M_K_210 • 29/05/2020 - 08:51

I gather up a few baskets or boxes and take them into the room I'm decluttering. Then anything that doesn't belong in that room goes into a basket or box, each of which will then get taken to the room where it should be.

MariaElaine • 29/05/2020 - 22:15

I have sorted out 4 bookcases and sold a number of boxes of books. I have 3 more book cases to go. I have also sorted out the household file and shredded a lot of papers, no longer needed. I have also got around to sewing somethings that have only been waiting 5 months. We have also started to declutter the wardrobes, there are some bags ready for the charity shop and some for recycling at the tip, when we can take them there.

humma31 • 31/05/2020 - 02:30

I have 3 children, so I find if I go through their toy boxes every couple of months and throw away any broken toys and send the non used working toys to the charity shops it clears up a lot more space for other things. And roll up all the clothes in every draw to create more space.

Delboy2012also • 11/06/2020 - 02:56

I have rearranged my shed and decluttered all the cupboards

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