5 Tips for Spring Cleaning
Sure, we all love a clean home, but there’s actually a psychology behind spring cleaning! Did you know that spring cleaning actually is associated with an improved mood, decreased stressed and a heightened creativity?
Don’t let spring cleaning overwhelm you! A part of my work is organization, so today I’m sharing my pro tips on spring cleaning with you.
Grab some coffee. Turn on some tunes. Open the windows and let’s get spring cleaning.
Empty then organize
We know spring cleaning can be an overwhelming task. To make it easier, I always suggest tackling one room/drawer/cabinet at a time. But, instead of weeding through it, empty it. So, if it’s a closet, take out everything, then piece-by-piece, put the closet back together. Eliminate the items you don’t need (and donate them to places like the Salvation Army, or, if you’re hip, sell your duds to places like Buffalo Exchange in Las Vegas). Put back only what you need.
Just as with the closet, it’s all or nothing. Cleaning out drawers one day and then planning to do something else another won’t equate to anything. By the time you do the next thing, those drawers are filled with single socks or pens again.
When it comes to cleaning out an office, I always tell clients to make piles. Often, people spend time going through each piece of paper, trying to determine what it is. Then, they get bored/overwhelmed/tired and the office cleaning is over. Instead, grab all those papers and make two piles. The stuff you need to look at and the stuff which is without a doubt trash. Once you’ve weeded out the trash, then you’ve got a significantly smaller pile to deal with.
Now, for the papers to go through.
If you’ve got bills which haven’t been opened, throw them away. Why? If you owe money and haven’t paid the bill yet, they will send you another one.
Tax items? Remember, you don’t need to hang on to receipts, etc. beyond seven years. So, if it’s passed that, ditch it. If not, get an expandable file and put documents in for each year. If you’re a business person and have more than that, get boxes for each year.
Throw Photos Away
Photos are tough to part with, largely because people feel they need to hang on to them. I handle photos the same way I do papers: divide and conquer. Except, I divide photos into people and sort. So, a pile for Mom. A pile for Dad. A pile for people I don’t know. Then, I throw away photos, starting with the pics of people I don’t know (because why hang on to them?). Then, I throw away the photos which are bad quality. That leaves us with only the photos we know and like. If you have problems throwing away photos, but no place to keep them, put them in envelopes and mail them to the people who are in them. What’s left, put in a storage container.
It’s all about the dates
When’s the last time you checked your expiration dates on those canned goods in your pantry? To clean out the pantry, pull out expired food and food you don’t like. For this you don’t have to take it all out to put it all back together. Once you’re left with the items you like that aren’t expired, create recipes!
Get Storage Containers
If you have a spot where you can put storage containers, they are your best friends when it comes to organizing. If they are hiding away in a closet, I love Rubbermaid containers. If you get the right sizes and have spaces to put them, that justifies all the “keeps” for spring cleaning.