If you didn’t get around to spring cleaning in early February when we suggested that you take advantage of the cold weather forcing us all indoors don’t worry, it’s not too late. Spring still hasn’t hit and there’s still time to get your home in order before it does. Otherwise, let’s be real, we won’t really take a good look at it all until the fall when the rain and cold weather ushers us back inside.
Maybe you didn’t do it because spring cleaning is such a BIG topic and it can be overwhelming. Maybe you get stressed out even thinking about the clutter or disorganization that has taken over your [insert most cluttered and ignored room in the house]. That’s all very normal. First, have a look at our earlier post on how to get those overlooked and everyday spaces that need extra attention. Then let us walk you through a simple strategy for tackling your spring reorganization that will leave you happier, tidier, and less stressed.
Always start with a schedule. We like to look at what needs the most work and plan. Don’t try to do it all in one fell swoop – you’ll only be frustrated and may give up in the middle. Break up the big things into one to two-hour chunks and do something to relax in between.
Cull the clutter. When you can’t find what you’re looking for because it is blocked or buried by things you don’t want or need, it’s time to de-clutter. You can look to Marie Kondo and pick up your belongings and see if they spark joy or you can ask yourself the following questions: When was the last time I used this? Is it useful to me now? Do I like it? If the answer to those questions leads you toward keeping it, then do. If you can’t remember the last time you used something and you don’t even like it, you should help it find a new home. Sometimes we keep things because they were costly and we feel guilty about getting rid of them, but if they aren’t used, useful, or loved, they are only stifling your space. If the cost is weighing on you consider reselling – there are plenty of places to do so nowadays (the RealReal and Poshmark for clothes, or Apt Deco for furniture and home goods, for example).
Give your space a spring boost! Change your color scheme, break out pillows that you haven’t used in a while or change the bedspread – anything to brighten things up for the new season.
Make it fun! If you’re in the garage, knee-deep in boxes that haven’t seen the light of day in ages, open the garage door, let in the sunshine, and bring your portable speaker along with your favorite album or a podcast you’ve had in your queue for a while. Or if you’re trying on old clothes that you can’t believe you bought, break out the camera and text your friends who remember those outfits for a good giggle.
Wishing you a neat and tidy new springtime!