Spring Cleaning 101

I’ve spent most of the morning so far today working on cleaning out my house. A little spring cleaning, if you will, even though it snowed here all day yesterday. I tend to be a little bit of a hoarder, but most of it comes from laziness, rather than having any actual attachment to the stuff. Because of this, I thought it might help some of you who are like me to hear my approach on how I get started when I finally work up the nerve to attack the clutter.

  1. Start wherever you feel comfortable. Decluttering your house can seem really overwhelming, so feel free to start wherever you want. Today, I started by cleaning out my makeup drawer and just throwing away anything I hadn’t used in the last 6 months or more. There were some things I didn’t even know I had! I was tempted to keep some of those, but realized I had lived this long without it, so I probably didn’t need it. Plus, who knew if it was even good any more.
  2. Make piles to help you stay organized. When I started cleaning out my closet, I made a pile that I was going to take to Plato’s closet (stuff that was in good shape that I thought they might buy), a pile for Good Will, and a pile to trash. Then, I put those piles into marked garbage bags, so I could take them to their respective destinations.
  3. Clean immediately after decluttering. I know it can be tempting after you’ve decluttered to take a break for the rest of the day. However, your floors and counters will never be clearer than right after you declutter, so that is the perfect time to clean them, as well.
  4. Stay hydrated. Decluttering your home is no small task, so make sure you don’t undertake it without taking care of your body, too. Take short breaks to grab water every now and then and just to sit down for a minute.

I hope everyone’s spring cleaning journeys are going well and that these tips helped you out a little! What is your favorite spring cleaning tip?

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