How to Spring Clean and Declutter Your Home
As Old Man Winter retreats yet again, it's time to make good on your New Year's resolution to declutter your home this spring. Becoming more organized helps tremendously when you're ready to jump into your spring cleaning. Extra belongings gather dust and take up space, making it harder to clear out the cobwebs and deep clean the floor. However, resolving to declutter and accomplishing the chore are two different things. Here are a few tips to help you conquer your clutter:
Make a Plan
Choose the best days and mark your calendar. Commit to one room per scheduled day, that way you avoid the feeling that the project is too big and overwhelming. Involve your family members too! After all, many items slated for removal will belong to them. For children, you can gain a lot of cooperation by making it a game. Whoever ends up with the tidiest room should receive an appropriate reward!
Gather boxes and trash bags so items don't just go from scattered locations to a pile where you may succumb to the temptation to leave them. Once packaged appropriately, you'll be eager to remove them from the room.
Now, go through the room methodically. Start with the closet if the room has one. Pull everything out and decide if it's something to keep or not. Clothing should be assessed according to how long it has been left unworn. If you or the family member haven't worn it for a year, leave it out. For all objects you're ready to part with, decide if they can be donated, should be discarded or boxed up and stored for future use.
Your family's old toys that are still in good condition, decorative items and suitable clothing should go to your favorite second-hand store. They'll appreciate your stuff and you'll be contributing to a good cause. Let resistant children know that those cherished toys they've outgrown will become presents for other grateful kids. You might have to tell yourself that, too, when it comes to sorting your own items. But if an article no longer serves you or your household, give someone else the opportunity to appreciate it.
Recycle or Trash
Don't be shy about pitching things that are broken or soiled beyond salvation. Be pitiless to those old magazines and newspapers, torn garments and those cheap knick knacks that move into your home and never move out. If it can go to a recycler, box or bag it for that purpose, but otherwise, throw it out.
Some items do have value but may not have a use at the present time. Should you have too many things you don't want to part with but which contribute to your clutter, box them up and send them to storage. Furniture items and working appliances that you don't need at the moment when moved off-site will give you more elbow room and peace in your home. Zippy Shell Houston can help you with storage. With rates that are 15-20 percent lower than our competitors, sending your items to our secure, climate-controlled warehouse won't break the bank. Our current promotion helps you save $20-$50 a month depending on your length of stay!
Once you've removed your excess possessions, go ahead and clean like you mean it. Then, you can relax and enjoy the springtime in your spacious and sparkling home.
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