Spring is finally here and it’s time to get a fresh start organizing your home or living space. While we all try to keep things organized all year long, there’s just something about this time of year that really gives us another opportunity for a fresh start.
Flowers are blooming, outdoor activities are starting up again and the fresh clean spring air is filling up our homes. This is the perfect time to take on some new tasks and reduce the overall stress that clutter can create.
Decluttering can be overwhelming. Most people have busy schedules and let’s face it, it is tough to keep up, but just so you know, you are not alone! These days, people are working longer hours, attending more activities and the days just seem to be getting shorter. It is hard to find the time to dedicate to clearing out spaces and it seems like such a daunting task. It is best to make your spring cleaning and organizing FUN and not to think of it as a chore. We spend a lot of time in our homes. Think of it as a feel good exercise, one that will really help you feel good about yourself and your clean and organized living space. Play some lively upbeat music and add a few dance moves here and there to keep you happy and motivated.
Eliminate distractions. Turn off the TV and put away your phone while you are cleaning and organizing. This will keep you focused and you will be done much quicker. If you have kids, give them their own jobs to do and make them feel like they pitching in. At the very minimum be sure they have something they can do to keep them occupied so you can focus on your task at hand.
One of the hardest things to decide when decluttering is what you should keep and what you should part ways with. Be strong willed and ruthless. When in doubt, throw it out. If you don’t love something and you know you aren’t going to use it, get rid of it. You’ll have less dust, less clutter to look at, an easier time finding things you do use and less stress in your life. Donating or selling things will make this process easier. If you come to a crossroads with an item, ask yourself. “If I am not going to use this in the foreseeable future, wouldn’t it be better to donate it and let someone have it that could really use it?” I always start with a box of those things that I know for sure I want to get rid of, then go back to the questionable items and really push to get those items in that box as well. The more you do, the better you will feel and you won’t miss them when they are gone.
Don’t forget to clean and organize things that are not in sight as well. Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it is clean and organized. Spring is a great time to tackle these items as well. Areas like: closets, drawers, cabinets, bins, pantries, boxes or any other inside storage areas. Give yourself the clean feeling both inside and out!
Open your windows and let the fresh air in as you clean. It will make a world of difference, make you feel great and keep you motivated. Don’t stop there, open up the curtains and let the sun shine in to give you more light and energy.
15 Easy Ways to stay Organized, Clutter-Free and De-Stressed!
- Initiate monthly purges.
- When in doubt, throw it out.
- Focus on one room / area at a time.
- File your papers.
- Make one place where clothes go
- Go through one box, shelf, drawer, bin, cabinet at a time.
- Don’t let your emotions win.
- Make your bed — every day!
- Make to-do lists every day, but don’t over do it!
- Keep a basket in your car for car clutter.
- Use organizing containers you already have.
- Create a place for all your tax papers.
- Don’t let junk mail come into your home, toss it immediately
- Deep clean one room each week. (Tip, do one part a day throughout the week, this makes it easier)
- Clean out your wallet and purse.
Once you are done with your spring decluttering and cleaning, assign yourself a different task each day so you can keep it up. Make yourself a schedule that is comprised of one task each day.
- Monday- Clean mirrors and glass
- Tuesday – Dust
- Wednesday- Vacuum
- Thursday – Wash towels/ meal plan/ update grocery list
- Friday – Go through any paperwork left over
- Saturday – Sweep
- Sunday- Organize your week, appointments, meals, kids projects etc…
There is no time better than Spring to get yourself motivated. I hope these helpful tips can help jump start your process and help you take back your space.
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