I generally use Publix to tell me what time of year it is. When you walk into the store, there is always a display that reflects the next holiday weeks before it is time to really prepare. Today, the display was full of Tide laundry detergent, Clorox Bleach, and Lysol wipes on the end cap. I guess it is time to Spring Clean!
Preparing your home for spring can seem like a daunting task. However, if you can divide larger jobs into smaller tasks, you can have your home ready in no time. I think the most common question is…where do I begin?
Start here by organizing your shelves. Do you have old bottles and used dryer sheets? Recycle old grocery bags by hanging them on a hook and tossing the lint from the dryer. Use plastic baskets (I bought mine at the Dollar General for $3) to organize the cleaning supplies.
I emptied every cabinet and tossed out any food that was expired. Donate food that is more likely to expire before it would be eaten to the local church or homeless shelter for quick consumption. Once the cabinets were empty, I wiped them down and added contact paper to protect the surface. Contact paper is available at your local dollar store for $1 per roll. I reorganized all of my spices, and even bought a lazy Susan from Wal-Mart for easy access to them while I am cooking.
The dreaded closet. There are so many clothes that we collect over the course of a winter. In my case, some clothes were never worn. My rule is simple: if I have not worn an article for the past year, it goes.
But before you say “I paid good money for that blouse”, you can recoup some of your losses by selling your clothes to a store like Plato’s Closet. Here in Lakeland, FL I take my clothes to Lakeland Hut Eight. They will pay for gently used, name-brand clothes. You receive cash right on the spot. The hard part is usually getting out of the store without buying a nice pair of jeans, or a purse, or a pair of shoes.
Another alternative is to place them on consignment. These stores will sell you clothes for you and split the difference. If your items do not sell, you pick them up and generally at that point I simply donate them to Goodwill or Salvation Army.
The best way to spring clean is to have a yard sale. Chose a weekend, make signs, and go! Invite some neighbors and you can gain more exposure to yard sale shoppers when they see a few sales at once. Remember, the object is to get rid of stuff, so allow shoppers to name their own price and be willing to let items go.
Spring is the time to get the soil turned and the flowers in the ground. I live in an apartment which means I use containers to grow veggies and flowers. This year I have planted my seeds indoors and I am ready to transplant them to their new potted homes on my patio. I have started 10 different vegetables:
- Lemon Mint
- Tabasco Peppers
- Bell Peppers
- Serrano Peppers
Do not become intimidated by the task of spring cleaning. Tackle one task, one chore at a time. Spruce up your living areas with candles, new pillows, and other décor pieces. Dust off the book shelf and rearrange the books. Have the carpet cleaned. In no time you will be ready for a fresh spring-filled home.