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Spring De-cluttering!

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
April 18th, 2018

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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Tips on How to Spring Clean & De-clutter

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
March 21st, 2013

Wondering where to begin with spring cleaning? The first step to spring cleaning is de-cluttering. De-clutter one room at time by using our de-cluttering categories. Start with the room that will have the most impact for you and your family. Be sure to set a realistic goal in the time you have allotted on a given day for de-cluttering. Be sure to save time at the end for clean up. Even if you have just 10 minutes a day to devote to de-cluttering, it will help.

Items that you no longer need consider donating or recycling. If you struggle with where to donate or recycle items view our comprehensive list of where to donate or recycle. Request a receipt when donating items. This will allow you to take a tax deduction. To learn the value of items in good condition go to Goodwill’s Donation Value Guide.

Be sure to research the recycling laws in your state. Pennsylvania has a new electronic recycling law. Beginning Jan. 24, 2013 desktop computers, laptop computers, computer monitors, computer peripherals, televisions, and any components of such devices may no longer be disposed in Pennsylvania with municipal waste. Click to learn more about the PA electronics recycling law.

If you struggle with what to keep and what to toss in your clothes closets, turn all of your hanging clothes so the hanger is going over the rod the opposite way. After you wear and launder an item, put it back in your closet with the hanger going over the rod the normal way. At the end of the season you’ll easily be able to see which items you didn’t wear by looking for hangers that are going the opposite way. This also works great for kids clothing and a spouse’s.

Once you have de-cluttered, organize what you have left by creating designating places for everything. Label each spot so you and your household members can easily locate and put back items. Labeling is the key to maintain organization.

Once you have de-cluttered, keep an ongoing giveaway box. Then every time you come across something you no longer need or want, you can toss it in the box with the goal to giveaway or donate. By keeping an ongoing box (your garage or coat closet is great place) you’ll never have to go through a massive de-cluttering project again.

Every household needs a few set categories to reduce clutter. Click to print labels for our 5 top categories to keep clutter at bay.

Happy spring and happy de-cluttering!

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