Spring Clean

I’m not afraid to admit it.  I’m one of those middle-class women who has a cleaning lady. Indeed, I even secretly harbour a desire to, one day, employ a full-time housekeeper. Troll me if you like; it’s a fact. In real terms, the chances of this ever happening? Unlikely at best.

I’m pretty certain that this fantasy of mine is an accurate description of what one would call a first world problem. Well. At least you didn’t overhear me saying it in Waitrose.

The fact is, that with three kids, and two working parents, running our home is a fly-by-the- seat-of-your- (hopefully clean) -pants affair, most of the time. It has to be done though, so how to make the business of cleaning and housekeeping more fun?
This moves me nicely on to my next, shockingly predictable confession. If it looks pretty, I’m into it, whatever the product. The profound conclusion that I have come to is that if the cleaning and housekeeping stuff looks good, I’m much more likely to want to get on with the business of actually using it.

Below is a round-up of my favourite pieces. I was pleasantly surprised to find that some of them are currently on sale; always a good thing.

Above Image – Father Rabbit

Laura Ashley I hear you cry? I know, but look! What’s not to like here?

Laura Ashley Large Enamel Caddy, £26 reduced to £14.04


100% Natural, pH neutral, biodegradable and sustainable. Smells amazing and looks great by the sink. More expensive than Flash but I’m thinking it’s so worth it.

Tincture Cleaning Products, from £7.50 to £9.50

I have one very similar to this and I wouldn’t be without it. I couldn’t recommend it more.

Iris Hantverk Tall Dustpan & Brush Set, £62 reduced to £49.60

There isn’t a stylist I know that doesn’t have a stash of vintage French tea towels.  Take your pick here from Etsy.

Vintage French Linen Torchon, from a selection starting from £9.50

A great price and not plastic. You can make a feature of all your wooden brushes by hanging them from a peg rail.

Cox & Cox Galvanised Dustpan & Brush, £12.50

The key thing here is the long handle.  Perfect for getting rid of hard to reach cobwebs and dust.

Mrs White’s Giant Ostrich Feather Duster, £35

Who’d have thought a dishcloth could be pretty?

Stelton Pack Of 3 Rig Tig Everyday Dishcloths, £12.50

Highly concentrated so will really last if you’re careful and cedar scented to aid the battle against those pesky moths. Makes a great present too.

The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Care Set, £35

I try to clean all our duvets in the spring. These are perfect for storing the heavier weight ones away ready for the winter.

Soak & Sleep Duvet Storage Bags, starting from £8

Time to move out your summer clothes and put away some of your thicker jumpers. So much nicer than a plastic zip up bag under your bed.

Habitat Underbed Storage Box, £35 currently reduced to £28

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