Now is the perfect time to tackle the cleaning, sorting and de-cluttering you have been meaning to do all year and so I thought I would give you a little help with some tips that you may find useful.
Have a plan
Start your cleaning project by looking at the areas you need to reorganise, and work out how long it will take to deal with each one. If you can’t do it all in one go, set aside 30 minutes each day or allocate a couple of hours on the weekend. Maybe even write a list and tick them off as you go.
Before you begin
Make sure you have plenty of rubbish bags, cardboard boxes, packing tape and markers on hand, the kids are out of the way and your not expecting any visitors.
When it comes to deciding what to keep, ask yourself: do I use it? When was the last time I used it? Do I love it? Do I really need it? Divide the items into three piles – one for keeping, one for the garbage and one for charity.
Once you’ve identified the things you intend to keep, divide them into three categories – things you use every day, items you use occasionally and those you rarely use. Pieces you use every day will need to be stored in handy, easy-to-reach positions, while lesser-used items can be stored in out-of-the-way places such as the tops of cupboards and under beds or in plastic see through containers so that if you go looking for it, it will be visible without opening every single box you have . If you don’t have garage or attic space for rarely used items, consider putting them in storage.
Don’t make clutter out of clutter
Get rid of it straight away – take it to the tip or charity shop rather than storing it neatly in the garage and having to do it all again next year.
Maintain your good work.
Take a photo of the decluttered space so you remember how good it feels. Designate half an hour each weekend to maintaining the area. Also, a good rule is when you buy something new, you must throw something out in its place.
Don’t feel defeated if the job seems too hard, every step towards a clutter free house is a great effort. Remind yourself that it’s never as bad as you think and the results will be worth it.
Do you have any tips about spring cleaning that have helped you? Add them in the comments below to help others.
Next week I will give you some tips about de-cluttering the bathroom so stay tuned.