Spring cleaning season is just around the corner. The weather is getting warmer (sometimes) and the days are getting longer. That sunshine might make you feel like getting up and moving around, but the lingering cold might keep you inside. Attacking the clutter in your house is a great way to prepare for spring cleaning and help you get exciting for the upcoming change in seasons! I’ve put together some easy tips for both catching up and keeping up with the clutter in your home.
Pick a Place to Start
The first thing you should do is pick a place to start. That can be a room, a closet or even something as small as a shelf. The goal is to pick something you can clear out quickly and easily without being overwhelmed. Once you are done with one area, you can move on to another. Just remember to keep the areas that have been finished free of clutter.
Gather Your Clutter in a Bin
Another great idea to help clean your clutter is to place a Bin in the main areas of your home. I use a laundry basket for this. Once per day I have the kids help me and we gather up every item in the room that is out of place and put it into the bin. From there it is easy to make sure things are put into the correct place. Make sure it is empty before you go to bed at night.
Keep a Time Limit
Keeping a time limit on your work can help it to be more manageable. Limit yourself to 15 minutes per day with longer stretches on your days off. By setting limits on the time you can pick an area that can be accomplished in the allotted time. That means you won’t leave things halfway finished. Halfway finished areas rarely stay clean.
Your Clutter Can Be Someone Else’s Treasure!
Choosing what to do with your clutter is a personal preference. Try to be eco-friendly and recycle what you can. Charities will often give tax deductible receipts for donations. You can also have a garage sale, gift items to friends or use your local Freecycle chapter to find new homes for unwanted items.
Prevent Clutter from Happening
Limit the non-essential items in your house. You may have items you hold on to because you love them, but never use them. Find new homes for these items where they will actually be put to use. If you have not used an item in the last several months (other than seasonal items) then it can probably leave the house and you will never miss it. Leave a box in the house and make it a goal to choose one thing each day to get rid of.
Teach Others not to Clutter
Teach your kids to clear their clutter. Teaching your kids from a young age to clean up after themselves can cut down on a lot of extra clutter in your home. If everyone that lives in the house picks up items before they are left in places they don’t belong then you no longer have clutter! This applies to your roommate or significant other as well. Everyone needs to be on board for it to work.
Recycle Bin First
Stop bringing in items that cause problems. Junk mail is one easy step to eliminate. When you walk from the mailbox simply toss the junk mail and opened envelopes in the recycle bin. Also say no to well-meaning friends and relatives that like to give you items. We all know how easy it is to say “I would love to have that” rather than “No thank you”. Don’t worry that you are hurting their feelings – just be honest.
A Clutter Free Home!
These steps will get you started on the path to a clean and clutter free home. They will also give you a great head start for doing the deep cleaning in your home. Do you have some useful tips for clearing out your living space? We’d love to see them in the comments below!
Jessica Wick is one of our very own E3Live employees, she enjoys teaching her three children about organic gardening, has a horse, a goat, 2 dogs and a flock of chickens that also love E3Live!