A simple checklist for easy spring cleaning



Every year, my wife and I make grand plans for spring.  

Keeping a weekend clear, we list all the things we want to achieve around the house, from re-grouting the bathroom tiles to clearing out what we call the Everything Else Cupboard (the one we open very carefully, in case all the junk falls out).  

When the Spring Clean Weekend arrives, we’re full of motivation, imagining the beautiful, clean, well-organised home we’ll be relaxing in by Sunday evening. 

Of course, it never happens. The grouting takes longer than expected, the cupboard turns out to be full of souvenirs that need to be reminisced over for at least two hours, the guinea pig suddenly needs the vet and we never get as much done as we planned.  

This year is going to be different. 

Speaking to friends and family, it seems everyone has this problem, so I’ve come up with a new four-step spring cleaning ‘system’ that means you can get all your jobs done – and have time to relax: 

1) List all the rooms in your house on a piece of paper. 

2) Note up to three things you want to achieve in each room. 

3) Each weekend from now onwards, complete your tasks for one room. 

That’s only three jobs per weekend. Easy, right? Even if you have a big house, you should be able to get everything done during the spring using the ‘Reece Method’.  

There’s one more step, which is hugely important to keep our environment clean too: 

4) You’re bound to find all sorts of junk you no longer want. Put it all in a corner, and once your jobs are finished for the weekend, recycle it! 

Much of what you throw out may still be useful to someone else. If your family and friends don’t want it, consider donating it to a charity shop. Clean clothes, furniture, toys, ornaments, books and media are all welcomed – a quick Google search will show up your nearest charity shops and the types of donations they take. 

Another option is to use community Facebook pages to give things away or sell them for a small charge. We got rid of an old coffee table through our local Facebook selling page last year – it was picked up within three hours! To get as much interest as possible, include a photo of the item in your post. 

Your trash is someone else’s treasure – unless it’s broken, of course. Even then, it might contain important materials that can be recycled to save our planet’s resources. Small electrical items like radios, toasters and calculators can be taken to the pink bin at your local library to be recycled, even if they don’t work any more 

Other waste can be taken to your nearest Essex County Council Recycling Centre – wherever you can, separate out any parts that are recyclable. It all helps! 

If you have anything really bulky and can’t take it to the tip yourself, the Council does offer a special collection for larger items at a small charge. You can book this via the Colchester Borough Council website. 

Lastly, if you’re anything like us, your house is full of the guilty evidence of empty Christmas selection tins. Don’t throw them away – they’re brilliant for tidying away smaller items like photos, receipts, screws, nail polishes, baubles… just label them so you know what’s what next time you have a spring clean!


4 thoughts on “A simple checklist for easy spring cleaning

  1. Hi Reece, Firstly I think this blog is a great way to make residents aware of the correct process to follow to adhere to a rather complex recycling system. I also think it’s a great way to learn the pain points from the residents who are using the system. I presume your someone who can act/pass on feedback and ideas, so here are my thoughts. I moved to the borough in August last year, was able to get all the information on the Colchester beta site I needed on where I could get all the bits & bobs needed for waste disposal. We ran out of clear plastic bags about 2 weeks ago and the only locations to obtain them are council offices, schools or libraries. I work in London, so getting to those locations at a time they are open is pretty impossible. Would it be feasible to provide local shops (who have better opening hours for working people) with a supply of clear plastic bags, or is there a tertiary benefit that the residents are using facilities such as local libraries in order to keep them open?


    • Hello Kay,

      It’s great to hear that you like my blog and find it useful. You’re right, I find it a very useful way to get a feel for what residents need more information on and I can certainly feedback your comments back to our Waste team.

      Our Waste team works hard to make sure we have recycling container stockists in all areas of the Borough and to ensure that some of them are open in the evenings and weekends, although these might not always be the closest ones to you. We hope that this gives everyone access to pick up bags or containers when it’s convenient for them.

      We’re looking to increase the number of recycling container stockists in the Borough to make it easier for residents. We have some local shops on our list already, but we find that many local shops don’t have the storage space to be able to stock the volume of items required, or resource to be able to give them out. We would welcome any shops who are interested in becoming a stockist to contact us.



  2. This is brilliant! Every time I want to clean my appartment it´s like oh I can do this and the next moment I´m doing something else in another room. To have a checklist might be the point. The facebook groups are good, I too have already bought some furniture for my room at the university and sold some when I left.
    We covered the topic, how checklists can improve our productivity on our blog ( if you are interested: https://blog.zenkit.com/how-the-simple-checklist-can-improve-your-productivity-d061f3c893ec ) but I´m not realy good in creating my own checklist thats how I found yours:)

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