Spring into Spotless

The seasons, they are a-changin’, and hopefully the arrival of spring has put you in the mood for some old-fashioned spring cleaning. Now is not only the perfect time to do a deep clean of your home, but also to streamline your space with de-cluttering and organizational efforts. Put your home in full bloom with these helpful hints! ~Allison

Spring Cleaning R/x:

Start over fresh. Whether you’re de-cluttering a basement, bookshelf, or closet, it’s often helpful to remove everything and start with a clean slate. This will force you to evaluate each individual item and answer those tough questions like, “When is the last time I used this?” Will I ever need it again? What would be the worst thing that would happen if I got rid of this?” The answers may surprise you.

Wipe out, then wipe down. Once you’ve cleared the area in question, it’s time to clean it! After all, there’s no better time to do a deep clean than when a space is completely empty. So roll up those sleeves and get that dirty work d-o-n-e!

Set the stage. Now that your space feels shiny and new, keep it that way by continuing your organizational efforts. Create a dedicated staging area where you can center all of the de-cluttering action, with sub-areas such as “Trash,” “Recycle,” “Donate,” “Sell,” and “Keep.” Another secret to success: put trash and donations in solid black plastic bags—out of sight, out of mind.

“Keep” it together. Once you know what you’re going to keep for each room, take the organization a step further by creating “zones” for grouping similar items. That way, you’ll be able to see everything at a glance—allowing you to further narrow down your belongings and make sure there are no unnecessary duplicates.

Pave the way for an organized future. The key to staying organized? A system that’s easy to maintain. Set yourself up for success by making everything easy to see and access. (It’ll make things much easier on you next spring!)

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