Spring Cleaning Success
Now that the holidays are long behind us and taxes are hopefully filed, we’re turning our thoughts to warmer weather and fun summertime activities. But didn’t we make that New Year’s resolution to get more organized? The good news is that it’s not too late. Spring is a great time to do deep cleaning!
1. Get started! The most difficult part of any project is getting started. However, once you get going, you’ll find it propels you forward and gives you the motivation to continue.
2. Plan your project. It’s natural to feel overwhelmed. Like any project, you must break it down into manageable steps. Attempting to tackle it all in a single day or weekend may set you up for failure. Prioritize the rooms, starting with the spot in your home that will make the largest impact. Is garage storage creeping too close to your cars? Is your closet spilling into your bedroom? Are office piles hindering your focus? Determine a realistic goal by focusing on one or two rooms per week. If small periods of time work best, set a timer and break the room into parts. Most importantly, make sure you set aside blocks of time on your calendar.
3. Declutter. If you haven’t done so yet, the first step of a deep clean is to get rid of the clutter. This will make the largest impact. Clutter is the result of delayed decision-making. Remove and evaluate all items in the space and thoughtfully identify items you no longer use or enjoy. Consider why you’re holding on to things that aren’t being used. Keep in mind that 80% of what we have, we never use. Here are some tips that will keep clutter under control:
Find a home for everything that is not used, including paper. Avoid piles!
Always have a donation box on hand.
Having trouble with the final step of letting go? Pack questionable items in a box and write the date on it. In 6 months, if you haven’t needed any of the things in the box, you can be assured that they are ready to go to the donation center.
To stop accumulating, make it a habit to get rid of something for every new item you bring in your home –- “one in, one out”.
To reduce the number of your household items, consider donating two items for every item you bring in your home –- “one in, two out”.
4. Deep clean. Once the clutter is gone, it’s easier to clean. Concentrate on the areas you rarely touch such as ceiling fans, windows, doors, leather, bookcases, window coverings, and lampshades. Many deep cleaning checklists are available on the Internet.
5. Maintain. After a home is organized, it’s easier to maintain and keep clean. Carve out a few minutes each day to remain organized. Return items to their homes. Clean up projects after you complete them. Over time your new organizing skills will become worthwhile habit.
By following these steps, you’ll regain space, eliminate the frustration of not being able to find things, and reduce the chaos caused by clutter.
For help getting organized or maintaining a clutter free home or workplace, contact Streamline Organizing Solutions LLC. We’re eager to help you get started. Now start planning your summer!