With the snow melting and the weather beginning to warm, it is easy to
get into the mood for spring cleaning. It is amazing how some sunshine
and spring temperatures can motivate you to get things done.
In spite of our enthusiasm to get going on our spring cleaning, we can
easily get bogged down in the immensity of the task. Where do I start,
when every area of the house is in need of de-cluttering and deep
The place to start is by simply sitting down and mapping out a plan.
Make a list of the things that need to be done: Rooms and closets to be
cleaned, packing away winter wear, window screens, carpet cleaning,
window coverings. Determine which room will be your starting point and
then make your list in the order in which you plan to accomplish your
tasks. It’s amazing how empowered you can feel by simply having created
that plan of action.
Next determine your plan of attack on your rooms. Always begin with the
closets or storage spaces. It will be difficult to put the rest of the
room into order if you don’t attend to these areas first. As you go
through your belongings take time to consider what needs to remain in
that area, what should be given away or disposed of, and what should be
Use your spring cleaning time to reassess the organization of your home.
Are your closets overstuffed, even after de-cluttering? Is your garage
filled with sporting goods, along with lawn care and auto care items?
Part of your plan needs to be reorganizing in ways that make your home
more livable. You might consider the use of a personal storage area to
store seasonal items such as your snow blower and winter sports
equipment during the summer months. When the seasons change, summer gear
can be transferred into the unit and the winter gear moved back to the
And remember your favourite charity who would welcome gently used items
for their organization and to raise funds or give to the needy. This may
help you decide whether an item stays or goes. And who knows, you could
even receive a tax receipt for your generous donation in addition to
knowing that you helped someone out less fortunate than you.
Regardless of your approach, writing out your plan to begin with help
motivate you to begin and keep going until your list has been completed.