I don’t know about you, but it finally feels like spring is in the air (most of the time). The mornings are lighter, the days are longer and the temperature is warmer. I always find that as Spring approaches I begin to feel a little restless. I have an urge to sort things, to declutter and to get myself organised for whatever the next season may bring.
In fact, my life has felt a little frantic recently and in need of bit of decluttering. I’ve had a mountain of university work to tackle, job applications to complete and interviews to fit in, friends to see, and a head full of ideas and blog posts that I’d like to share. There really isn’t enough time in the week to get everything done! I’ve also been splitting my time between living in London and Bath for the past year, but not for much longer! In May, I’ll be moving back to London for good, as I will have finished my degree. I know, I can’t believe it’s coming to an end so quickly. It’s certainly exciting, but terrifying at the same time.
With this in mind, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to give my flat a proper spring clean. Fantastic Services kindly offered to come and clean my flat in London. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to get things in order before I move back. With limited time on my hands, I was grateful for the offer of some help.
For those of you who haven’t’ heard of them, Fantastic Services describe themselves as the ‘One-Stop Shop for All Home Services’ – something they truly are! With over 1500 experts available, they offer a huge range of services within London and the UK. It’s really easy to set up a service on their website and you can organise for your chosen service to be scheduled at a time and day that suits you. Whether it’s a spring clean, help with sorting your garden for spring, or somebody to fix your washing machine, they’ve got you covered.
A lovely team of three individuals (Team Number 6) came to carry out the one-off clean service at my flat for two hours. They were friendly and efficient and did an excellent job. My flat honestly looked as good as new! My Mum couldn’t resist popping round to visit, and even she, the queen of tidiness, was impressed. When my flatmate returned home, she was also delighted!
I’m quite a private person, so won’t be taking you round my entire flat, but here’s a few cheeky snaps to show the final result.
First, here’s my bedroom. Climbing into bed the night after they’d cleaned, I felt calm and content and slept like a log.
Secondly, here’s my bathroom (also featuring a few of my favourite cosmetics – something I’d like to share in a future post if you would be keen to know more?).
Lastly, they also cleaned my oven, inside and out. This is something I rarely so, as it’s challenging and time-consuming. As you can, there’s no longer a spot of grime in sight!
This isn’t a service I’d use on a weekly basis just yet - unfortunately my student budget won’t stretch that far - but it was truly wonderful once in a while. I’d recommend their services to anyone looking for an extra hand.
Fantastic Services have very kindly offered me a discount – if you use the code ‘mylifeisforliving’ you can get £10 off your first booking. Life is for living after all, so I’m a firm believer in investing in something that will support your health, whether mentally or physically. For me, returning to a tidy flat is just that.
I’d also like to share a couple of my favourite resources which have helped me to declutter over the past few years. As my Mum always says, “if in doubt, throw it out”. It may have taken me a while to live by this motto, but slowly I’m getting there. As I’ve started to live a more sustainable lifestyle, I’ve found I need to buy so much less. I make do and truly cherish the possessions that I have. That’s not to say I’ve gone completely minimalist, but I’m definitely more conscious of what I buy and what I need.
I’d truly recommend reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo if you’re looking for inspiration on how to declutter. Whilst I’m at it, if you’re looking to do a bit of mental decluttering too, then I’d also really recommend reading The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k by Sarah Knight. The two books, although with similar titles, are entirely unrelated, but both well worth a read.
Before I finish, I’d just like to reiterate that although the spring clean was provided by Fantastic Services, all the opinions shared here are entirely my own.
If you do purchase one of the services offered by Fantastic Services and fancy using my discount code (‘mylifeisforliving’) then feel free to tag me if you’d like to share!
Until next time,