Spring is just around the corner and it’s time for spring cleaning – which also a great opportunity to downsize and let go of some of your “stuff.” So throw open the windows, let in the warm spring air, and consider these tips:
- Have a plan. Map out a spring cleaning plan and spread it out. Start small and choose one area, closet or room per day. Don’t try to do everything in one day or you’ll risk burning out before you’ve reached your goal.
- Give it away. Shoes, clothes, books, kitchen supplies – they tend to accumulate, and fast. Your local library, Good Will, church and other donation spots will gladly take your extras off your hands – and help clear up some storage space. A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t used it in the past year, get rid of it. Give away the things that might be useful to someone else, and throw out the things that are worn out or not useless anymore (we’re looking at you mismatched tuperware).
- Give yourself a pat on the back. Take a moment to enjoy and appreciate that newly organized closet or cleaned off shelve. Appreciate your hard work – it might just motivate you to take on the next project.