Last month, the nation's favorite groundhog did not see his shadow, which tradition says means an early spring. As we all know, with an early spring comes spring cleaning.
If you're anything like us, cleaning isn't your favorite pastime, but it doesn't have to be an intimidating task.
Decluttering your home is one easy step that can help make spring cleaning simpler. Did you know clutter actually costs you money and time? Get rid of that clutter and kick off your spring cleaning!
Spend Time to Go Through Your Stuff
Taking inventory can help show how little we actually use on a daily basis. See something on a shelf you haven't used in months? Do you have duplicates of items like books or kitchen utensils? Sell it or donate it to charity! Those things will benefit someone else’s life by being used.
Make a List of Your Possessions
Begin with one item at a time, and discuss with your family or roommates which items should stay and which should go. With a little bit of elbow grease, togetheryou can relieve the mountains of stress that a messy environment can bring.
Recycle What You Can
If you find items that are not suitable for donating or selling, check if they can be recycled. Giving your things a chance at a second life clears them out of your way and keeps their impact on the environment low. It’s a win-win!
Set Goals for Yourself
Before you get started, decide your overall goals for decluttering. Is it to get more organized, or are you wanting to embrace a more minimalist life? Are you needing more space to work from home, or is an older parent coming to live with you? Having a big picture idea of why you want to declutter can keep you motivated during the process.
The next step is making smaller, manageable goals to accomplish what you want. I recommend narrowing it down in tasks. First, pick one room, and focus on that room until it is clear. If it’s your bathroom, don’t overwhelm yourself with a whole room. Instead treat each drawer, toiletry bag and shelf on your linen closet as individual tasks. Finishing one space at a time will give you little victories to cheer you on until the room is completely organized.
Declutter Desk And Counter Space
Evaluate the desk and counter spaces in your home. While stacking bills, letters and magazines in a pile can clear off a spot momentarily, it is best to file them in their proper place for later reference.
As you move things around, valuable desk real estate can open up, and a chaotic mess can slowly transform into an organized and efficient space.
Get Organized With Storage Space And Shelving
Built-in storage areas allow you to find a place for everything, whether it be the closet or the pantry! In many of our homes, we offer great space-saving features like built-in shelves, office nooks and mudrooms that will help make spring cleaning a breeze.
By understanding what areas of your home need organization, you'll be able to build a spring cleaning agenda that's best for you and your family in order to maximize your space and declutter your home.