Spring Cleaning Tips To Clear The Clutter
The arrival of spring brings ample opportunities to undergo spring cleaning. Spring is the time of year we rejoice at the warmer temperatures and open the windows to breathe in the fresh air.
Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of us will most likely spend a lot of time at home over the next few weeks. Being at home gives you ample opportunity to clean the house and get caught up on any tasks you’ve been putting off.
If you’re interested in organizing your home, but you’re unsure of where to start, we’ve assembled some organization tips to help you out.
Start in One Place And Give Yourself Ample Time
Before tackling every clutter-filled area of your home at once, consider making a list of every area you wish to clean. It’s best to start in one spot, rather than to work on multiple areas at once. Some people work well with multi-tasking, while others get overwhelmed and drop the task.
What area in your home gives you the biggest headache? Or is there a messy spot in your home that guests easily see? Pick a spot and stick with it. Many attempts fail because people will try to tackle too much at once, get overwhelmed and give up on the task entirely. Start small, like a junk drawer perhaps, which will likely make you want to keep the momentum going.
Also, make sure that you give yourself enough time, especially if this is a big task. Organization isn’t necessarily going to be resolved in a matter of minutes or even a day. Organizing your dresser drawer will take far less time than organizing your garage.
Set a timer for yourself and don’t stop working until the task is done. Whether that means working for 30 minutes or working for an hour, it’s whatever suits you best.
Remove The Items From The Space
Remove all the items from your space so that you have the opportunity to look at each item. Have you used it in the past two years? It is useful? Is it in the right place, or is it there to keep it out of sight? Go through your items and decide which items you’d donate, keep or throw out.
Clean The Space
Now that you’ve decided what you want to keep, donate/sell or throw away, make sure you clean the space of any dust or dirt that has built up over the years. Use the top-bottom method for cleaning, meaning starting with areas that are higher up, then working your way down. Wipe down and dust any light fixtures or shelving units first, then begin to sweep up the floors.
Look For Space-Saving Opportunities
Take a look at your space. Are there empty walls that could be used for additional storage, or loose, small items that could be put into cubbies? Make the best use of what space you have.
Create a Place For Everything
After you’ve decided what you’re keeping, it’s time for you to put the items you’re back in their spot. Keep in mind that the purpose of clearing clutter is to find a home for every item you keep. This is important because, moving forward, it will be easy to put your items back in their spot.
A few tips to prevent the clutter from piling up again:
- Use the “one in, one out” method, meaning that if you buy a new shirt, you must get rid of an old one.
- Use habit tracking to your advantage. Many fitness apps keep users motivated by tracking the number of consecutive days they’ve worked out in a row. You can challenge yourself by setting a goal to remove one item each day for a week, two weeks or even 30 days. Eliminating clutter doesn’t have to be boring!
Looking For Somewhere to Store Your Items?
If you want to clear out the clutter quickly, we offer short-term storage options to suit your needs. We will work with you to ensure your items are stored in our safe containers.