Don’t worry if the concept of Spring Cleaning overwhelms you, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. No one wants to spend an entire weekend, shampooing, vacuuming, scrubbing, organizing, polishing, and dusting. There is a secret Spring Cleaning tip that will make the process quick and much less painful for you. If you toss these five items this Spring, it will reduce the amount of clutter you’ve accumulated throughout the long Winter, and create the illusion of a great Spring Cleaning job.
Your countertops, shelves, desks, coffee tables, and kitchen tables become a catch-all for papers. Gather all the newspapers, magazines, mail, forms, old shopping lists, children’s deserted art projects and sit down and sort them out. 90% of the papers lying around your house, you don’t need. Recycle what you can, and shred anything with personal information on it. The few items that you actually think you will need in the future should be filed away or placed in their designated spot.
Depending on how large your family is will determine how quickly you can complete this task. Go through ever family member’s wardrobe. Any item of clothing, that no longer fits, has been stained beyond repair, or is no longer in style and not something you would wear in public, place in a trash bag. By cleaning out the closets you are making room for all the clothes that have been left in piles in baskets or on top of dressers. You may even find some space in your closet to store some of those papers you couldn’t part with! When you are done collecting all the clothes your family no longer needs or wants, tie off the bag and put it in your car. The next time you drive by a donation box (usually at any schools or churches), take a moment to pull over and toss it in.
If you have children their toys will slowly take over your home if you’re not careful. Go through all the designated toy areas in your home and confiscate any that are broken, missing important pieces or your children have outgrown. You can drop them in the trash if they no longer work, or store them with the clothes in your trunk for your next trip past a donation box. You’ll want to save this step for when your little ones aren’t home though, if they are present when you’re sorting through the toys they’re not going to let you dispose of any of them. Once you get rid of the undesirables you should have enough room to put the toys you’ve been tripping over for the last few months in an actually designated toy area.
The average person has half used bottles of product and make up in their bathroom cabinets that they can’t even remember purchasing. Even if you think that at some point you may use it again, there’s a good possibility by the time that time comes around it will be no longer safe to use. Pull everything out of your bathroom cupboards and drawers. A lot of people don’t realize that make-up, lotion, ointments, toothpaste, and everything else you keep in the bathroom can eventually become outdated just like food. And how many bottles of shampoo or mascara do you have in your bathroom cupboard that you purchased and then decided you didn’t like the result and never used it again. Dispose of everything that is past the use by date, covered in dust, or you simply don’t like. This may seem petty, but a weight will be lifted off your chest when you toss that huge bag of unnecessary junk, and you won’t have to have another anxiety attack when you’re running late and can’t find your perfume.
I realize not everyone has an “entertainment center,” but this is referring to the corner of your living room that has been taken over by your television, DVD player, video game systems and controllers, DVD’s, video games, and miscellaneous balls of chords. Find each electronics’ designated cord and wind up all the excess slack, then tie it off with a rubber band. This tiny task will test your patience, but it makes a world of difference. Now, if you don’t have a designated shelf or drawer for all your movies and video games, then make one. Nothing makes your living room seem messier than stacks of movies on your TV, on the floor in front of your TV, on top of your coffee tables, etc. If you don’t have a designated space or any room to create a designated space then the easiest solution is to place them all in a tote and store that in the nearest closet (which should have plenty of room since you just cleaned out all the clothes.) Take this time to toss any old DVD players, speakers, gaming systems, or controllers that don’t work. For some strange reason people tend to hold on to their broken electronics. While you’re tossing those items you can also let go of those DVDs and games that are scratched beyond repair that you’ve been holding onto in case one day they decide to play without skipping.