Spring is finally here! It’s the perfect time to get rid of your junk and start fresh again by spring cleaning your home.
Now that things are warming up, many of us will be entertaining in our homes which means it is time to get things done before the summer is here!
Why should you clean? you’ll feel much better once you do! It will also be easier to find things which means less stress!
Spring Cleaning: Decluttering and Cleaning Resources
Here are some great resources. Even if you are a clean freak, these are wonderful articles to read to get you inspired.
I’m currently decluttering my own home. We moved from California with too much stuff (around 7,000 pounds) and now I’m trying to be more minimalist.
Spring Cleaning: Decluttering and Cleaning Tips
Here are some of the things that have worked for me.
1. Donate clothes you don’t wear anymore. Most people only wear the same 5-6 outfits, so the other 200 outfits you don’t touch should be looked at for possible donation. I know it’s hard to give up!
2. Give away books you know you won’t read again. Like those hundreds of college books collecting dust… Will you really read them again? You can also sell them if it makes you feel better.
3. Shred your old paperwork. If you are concerned, keep an electronic copy for your records, so you have something available. Also, it helps to receive mail electronically and to opt out of spam.
4. Stop buying stuff you don’t need. Before purchasing, wait a few days to make a decision to buy. You don’t need as much as you might think and you could have multiple items around and not even know it.
5. Avoid taking in donations from friends and family unless you really need something they are offering. I’ve taken in a lot and that’s how I got many of my things.
6. Get rid of your junk before buying more organizing/storage bins. If not, you may end up with more junk!
7. Avoid plastic containers especially if you move frequently. They always break and they aren’t good for the earth. I don’t think they even look good except maybe in the garage.
8. Keep counters and tables clear. Piling up junk on them is one of the fastest ways we clutter our homes.
9. You don’t need any more decorations or picture frames if you still have a ton waiting to be hung. Keep things simple! Less is more.
10. If you are having a hard time parting with an item, take a picture of it before giving it away. You won’t have it in your physical possession anymore, but you can still look at it and reminisce.
What is your biggest decluttering challenge? Do you have any useful tips that have worked for you?