Spring is here! Sunshine, flowers, picnics and bike rides, the warmer weather makes us want to get up, get out and….clean? That’s right! According to the American Cleaning Institute, “…76% of households will take part in the ritual of spring cleaning their homes…”
Why is it that spring makes us want to clean? According to What is spring cleaning and why do we do it?, spring cleaning comes from, “…the days when homes were heated by fireplaces, and efforts were made to prevent heat from escaping. The coming of spring and warm weather was an opportunity to air the house and clean it of soot and all the grime accumulated over the winter months…Another reason for cleaning taking place in spring is that warmer weather and longer days work as a stimulant for a lot of people to become more active.”
However well intentioned people are to get a deep clean going each spring, the National Association for Professional Organizers found that, “…54 percent of America” is “…overwhelmed by the amount of clutter they have” and “…78 percent have no idea what to do with it or find it too complicated to deal with so they let it build up.”
If you’re ready to clear out and clean up this spring but feel overwhelmed, these simple tips to get your home organized can help!
One Area At A Time
The idea of taking on your entire home at once can be stressful. Instead of thinking about your house as a whole, break it apart into one room or one space at a time. Set up a cleaning schedule to keep you on track and rest assured that in as little as one week, you can have 7 areas of your home sparkling clean by just tackling an area a day.
Give or Throw Away
As you come across items you no longer have use for but someone else may, consider donating them to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army. Not only will you be helping someone in need, but you will be able to clear out some much needed space within your home. And if the item is not in the appropriate condition to donate, and you don’t have an actual plan or purpose for it, toss it in the trash and don’t look back!
Sometimes, a home genuinely isn’t big enough to find space for items you need. Seasonal decor, seasonal clothing, sports equipment and family keepsakes can take up a lot of room within your home, making it feel cramped and cluttered. Instead of storing these items in your garage, closet or attic, consider renting a self storage unit nearby. With 24-7 security and climate control features, you can rest assured your items will be safe and secure.
Keep it Flowing
Clearing out your home isn’t just something that takes place once a year. Keeping your space organized and neat is a continuous process, so rather than allowing clutter to take control of you, take control of it by tackling it in real time each and every day.
By planning, utilizing storage, and getting rid of items you don’t need, your home will be clutter-free and organized this spring and always!