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Spring Cleaning: Map It Out

Storage Ville - Friday, April 22, 2011
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 cleaning?

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 stored elsewhere.

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 home.

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.
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