Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning does not have to be something to dread. In fact, spring-cleaning does not have to be “cleaning” at all. Sometimes, you just need to know how to organize, purge and downsize in a quick and easy way.

Prepare:

  1. Decide on one specific area to arrange. (ex: closet, kitchen cabinets, desk, pantry, etc.) Trying to organize multiple areas at one time can be overwhelming.
  2. Grab something to drink and a small snack. Taking small breaks will keep you from getting stressed and worn out.
  3. Turning on some music can keep you focused and “in-the-zone.”
  4. Find 2-3 boxes, bags, or tubs for separating your items.
  5. Find a comfortable place to sit.

Get Started:

         A popular method for getting rid of clutter is to figure out what you use and what is no longer needed. Pick up each item and ask yourself, “Have I used this in the past year?” If you have not used that item for four seasons, most likely, it is just taking up space. Now, there are some exceptions to this question as there are some things you may want to keep longer (ex: an expensive ski jacket).

         If you decide that you no longer need something, the next question you need to ask yourself is “Donate, trash, or sell?” Designate a box or bag for each category and add the items to each box as you go. When you have finished looking through everything, it’s time to put your “keepers” back in the closet/cabinet/drawer. First, separate your items into categories (for example, the categories for shoes could be heels/dressy, flats, active, boots, sandals, etc.) and place them back in the closet. Now when you need a certain pair of shoes, they will be easy to find.

Extras:

  • Wipe down shelves and drawers with a clean, damp rag before putting things back; it never hurts to get rid of dust.
  • When deciding if something goes in the trash, donate, or sell piles, take a good look at the item and figure out if anyone else would want it. An old t-shirt with stains is usually something you should just throw away (or you can use it as a rag!). A pair of gloves that you wore for the entire winter, but do not have holes or stains, would be a wonderful item to donate to someone in need. A brand new sweater that you bought on a whim, will never wear, and still has the tags, is a good choice for the sell pile.
  • Organizing is always more fun with a friend!

Places to Donate:

  • The Salvation Army
  • Local homeless shelters
  • Good Will
  • The Purple Heart
  • Local churches
  • Hospitals
  • Local schools

Places to Sell:

  • Local thrift shops
  • eBay
  • Facebook Marketplace
  • Let It Go
  • Offer Up
  • Craigslist
  • Etsy
  • Local newspaper
  • Yard sale
  • Bonanza
  • eBid
  • Poshmark, Ruby Lane, Thread Up (clothing)
  • Swappa, Glyde, Gazelle (electronics)

With these tips, your spring-cleaning adventure should be a little more fun. Good luck and happy spring!

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