Now that winter is behind us and the warm air of spring has arrived, our thoughts turn to spring cleaning and organizing. It’s often overwhelming to know where to start. Here’s a springboard to help you get started.
- Choose one room and set a timer for 5 minutes and pick 5 items that can either be put away, donated or discarded. When you’ve made a decision to let go of something, immediately drop it off at your favorite charity or put it into the trash.
- Plan your projects by spending 5 minutes at the beginning and end of every day to schedule your spring organizing activities. When you allow time to plan, it is easier to set priorities and adjust your time to allow you to complete your to do list.
- Invest in storage containers and change over your seasonal wardrobe one item at a time. Instead of putting it back into the closet or dresser drawer, free up space for summer wear by putting it into a container that can slide under the bed or stored on a shelf in the closet.
- Purge your paper piles. Sort the pile into items you need to take action on, like bills to pay, papers that need to be filed and finally, those that can be tossed or shredded. There’s no better way to feel refreshed and ready for spring than to have a clutter free desktop.
- Don’t overwhelm yourself trying to organize the whole house in one weekend. Pick one room and go through one shelf, drawer or cabinet at a time. To avoid getting distracted stay focused on one specific area at a time and set a timer for 30 minutes and work in small blocks of time.