April 21st, 2015 by Melissa
As soon as it gets warm outside and the birds start chirping, I know that the time has come – the time to spring clean! For some people the thought of spring cleaning is dreadful, but personally I relish in it. There is nothing more satisfying than looking at a huge pile of clutter that is packed up in neat bags headed for Goodwill. After years of being a clutter queen, I have my cleaning down to a science. I pick a really nice weekend and just commit to getting organized and doing a full deep cleaning and a ruthless purging of all the clutter. This year it was especially important as I have just moved to a new state, and into a new house that needed a lot of prepping to get into shape. Having a new area to decorate and make my own, it’s important to start off on the right foot to keep organized. I am going to share a few tips I have figured out that make spring cleaning a breeze. Please feel free to leave any comments on how you spring clean!
#14daysofdonating2Goodwill Spring Cleaning Tips
- Just get started! – Half of the battle of getting organized and spring cleaning is just getting motivated to start! Fill a trash bag – it’s the small victories that will fuel you to keep going.
- One at a time – At the outset, adjust your vision downward from the big (cluttered) picture, to zero in on one small, solvable clutter problem. Clear one counter, de-clutter one shelf, or bring order to a single drawer–and do choose an item that nags at you daily.
- Ask questions – Having a hard time deciding what clothes to donate? Ask yourself, if you saw this in a store today, would you buy it?
- Identify – Need help figuring out what clothes you no longer wear? Try this trick! To identify wardrobe pieces to clear out, hang all your clothes with the hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear an item, return it to the closet with the hanger facing the correct direction.
- Take the 12-12-12 Challenge. A simple task of locating 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to be returned to their proper home can be a really fun and exciting way to quickly organize 36 things in your house.
- The Four-Box Method – Choose an area to declutter. Make 4 boxes labeled trash, donate to Goodwill, keep, or relocate. No item should be passed over.
- Keep only the necessities – When de-cluttering a shelf or a drawer, make sure you take everything out, and only put back the stuff you think you really need.
- Complete Each Task — Completely – Do not leave the room you are de-cluttering until your work is done. Start with one room at a time and once you have decided where something is going to go, take it there. Do it now. Finish the process.
- Everything must have a place!- To stay organized everything should have a set home. All of your computer cables should be in the same spot. Have clearly designated areas for similar items.
- Take a photo – Are you sentimental? Do you keep a ton of old concert shirts? Take a picture and move on! Having space in your closet, in your life to breathe feels so much better than holding onto physical things! If it is about the memory, the photo will suffice.
- Get rid of duplicates. If you have a ton of things that look the same, streamline! When I realized I had accumulated 6 v neck black shirts, I knew it was time to pick the best 2 or 3 and donate the rest!
- Tackle the cluttered kitchen- Have you only used that Panini press one time in the last 2 years? Donate gadgets and small appliances that aren’t doing much more than wasting space. Not only will you have more space to enjoy your kitchen, but you will be helping fund job training in your community!
- Ditch the old technology- Is your old laptop just sitting in the closet collecting dust? Donate it to Goodwill and make a difference in someone’s life. Your donations create jobs!
- Try the house wide shoe purge- Each family member lines up his or her shoes in a long hallway or large room grouping “like” pairs: flip-flops with flip-flops, pumps with pumps, sneakers with sneakers. Now that you see them all together it’s much easier to pick out the ones that actually fit! If you haven’t worn them in six months you probably don’t need them clogging up your hallway closet!