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Spring De-cluttering!

How to Simplify LaundrySpring has sprung and also the need to de-clutter has!  When it comes to spring cleaning the first step is de-cluttering. Typically the best place to start is with the basement or garage. These two locations are where we most often put items that we’re not sure if we’re going to use. It’s also the go-to place for other things such as seasonal items as you spring-clean other rooms. So the more room you have the better. Continue with each room of the house.

Before you start, visualize how you would like the room or space to look when you are done. Write down your vision and share it with those who are helping you.

Ask yourself if your clutter affects your daily life. Do you resist having friends over because of your clutter? Are you stressed because you can’t find things? Let your desire to socialize or desire to have less stress be your motivating factor. Picture what how you will benefit from a de-cluttered home.

Work on just one room or a section of a room at a time. Don’t take on more than you can do in the allotted time, otherwise it will look worse than when you started.

Start by getting rid of what you don’t want, use, or wear. Have your family members join in. The more participation there is, the more likely everyone will help in keeping it clutter-free

Setup a bag or box for each of the following: Recycle, Giveaway, Throwaway, Put Away, and Another Day. “Another Day” is for an item that you can’t part with but know you should. The “Put Away” box is for items that belong in another room. Once you have completed the project revisit the “Another Day” box to see if you can now let go of the item. Print out the decluttering category tent cards for free!

If you are recycling items that are not picked up with your regular recycling, go to Earth911.com. You can type in the item you want to recycle along with your zip code to find a local drop off.

When using totes, use the same brand when stacking. They will stack better and there is less chance of the bottom lid breaking as the containers line up with each other. Cardboard “Banker” boxes work great with their lift off lids.

To keep your home clutter-free, have your family complete “Clutter Patrol” each night at a designated time such as before a snack or before the TV gets turned on. Clutter Patrol is when each family member walks around the house putting away his or her belongings. Hopefully it will be complete in 10 minutes each night. If you have 5 family members times 10 minutes a night, that equals 50 minutes of Clutter Patrol.

Happy de-cluttering!


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