Spring is here, and it’s time to think about spring cleaning and decluttering! Let’s adapt to the mindset of – out with the old, in with the new!
With the sun shining, the longer days, the singing of the birds and the blossoming flowers, it’s the time of year when we’re all ready to relive. I’m very grateful to spring for finally showing its face! It has been a rather hard winter, and it seems that we have passed the dark and stormy days of that season.
Time to Plan and Prepare
Now is the time for planning and preparation, time for dreams, and time to take steps towards them.
First, we must clear the way to our dreams. We must free ourselves from the darkness of winter and, literally, make room for the new things we want in our lives. It is the natural cycle of the seasons, and spring is the season of rebirth, growth, and expansion.
Now that you’ve opened up to the power to free the old to make room for the new, I have some Spring tips to help you declutter and organize your home.
Here is a list to help you start decluttering your home from room to room.
Declutter Your Home
Decluttering the Garage, Basement, and Attic
It is said that spaces like your basement reflect the subconscious. It is these hidden areas that we often throw things that we no longer need but do not have the strength to face or eliminate.
With these areas, it’s best to start with one place and one element at a time, making sure to complete it first before moving on to another. For example, if you are going to do your garage, I suggest you start with the workbench area first before tackling your storage containers.
Get Rid of Excess or Unused Tools or Instruments
Do you ever struggle to find that one tool you need? It’s a sign you need to declutter your toolbox!
Chances are, you own more than at least one of the same tool. I understand that decluttering your workbench is a difficult thing to do, especially for men, but it’s even harder when you have to dig good and hard around the extras to find the one tool you need.
Get rid of the clutter by minimizing how many tools you actually need and how many you use. Prepare a small tool bag for the car, one for the garbage drawer at home and then carefully weed things out to keep on your workbench.
Dispose of Old Paint, Oil Cans, Containers, Newspapers, and Boxes
Some places accept donations of paint, oil, and chemicals that they check and then give to someone else who could actually use them. Keep only a limited number of boxes and newspapers if you use them for projects or packing. Once the area or shelf is full, do not store more than the assigned amount.
Sell Your Old Exercise Equipment
If you haven’t already used it, you won’t use it. Go for a walk instead! Going outside for a walk will help you get some exercise, more fresh air and will give you a more pleasant-looking basement that’s not cluttered with unused equipment.
Declutter Your Home Office
Everyone has a place to keep documents. Even in this age period without paper and digital material, it seems that there is still a load of paper that enters our lives, and that needs to be dealt with regularly. If you continue to do so, you will be grateful later.
It is necessary to bring together all the paperwork together in one place, so go around and get all the documents together. Then separate them into the categories such as “reading/files,” “read/recycle,” “read/do something” etc. Try not to get distracted and do them until you have decluttered your documents.
Declutter the Bedrooms
Be ruthless with decluttering your clothes. This is an especially hard one to do too! Throw everything away that is old, torn (and that you know you’re not going to fix), that you don’t wear, is obsolete or too small.
Do the same with accessories like jewelry, bags, scarves, shoes, and ties. Be picky! So many of these things are outdated, or you are saving for “just in case.” Go ahead and get rid of them! Many of them no longer fit into your lifestyle, and you need to face that fact and get rid of them.
Remove anything in your bedroom that you don’t use for sleeping and dressing. Do not use the bedroom as a spare room. Your bedroom is particularly essential while decluttering your home.
In decluttering your home, you will find you make mental room for yourself to take on the tasks that are a high priority. Decluttering is like giving your brain a cleanse, and it’s completely worth it and is incredibly freeing!
Please share in the comments: Which of these decluttering tips are you going to start implementing this spring?
Every once in a while we look at our homes and think: this really needs to be flipped up! Whether that be changing up the furniture, rearranging everything, or just giving it a thorough clean, we just want a change. Reorganizing your home is a great excuse to declutter and finally cycle out the things you no longer need (and why not throw a deep clean into the mix?).
Having a clean home is one thing, but an organized one helps you increase your productivity and be more effective for certain tasks. In fact, studies have shown that cluttered homes tend to cause stress, anxiety and even depression. A study conducted by CELF from 2001 to 2005, which looked at several family homes, concluded that “the American workplace is intense and demanding; when we come home, we want material rewards”, “It’s difficult to find time to sort, organize and manage these possessions. Thus, our excess becomes a visible sign of unaccomplished work that constantly challenges our deeply ingrained notions of tidy homes and elicits substantial stress.”
With spring just around the corner, it’s a great time to start getting rid of clutter! We thought about a few tips that are really useful when you’re going through the process of decluttering your home. Here they are!
What’s Your Goal
To begin, it’s always a great idea to identify the reason that you want to declutter and re-organize your space. Do you want some spaces to be more effective? Do you want to dispose of items you don’t really use, or do you want to start living a more minimalist lifestyle? Think about which benefits decluttering will bring to you so you can have a plan in mind and complete the task in such a way that it’ll have the exact result you were looking for.
What’s Your Plan
To really get to that goal you have to think about how you’ll do it, the best guess is to work in one space at a time. Think about which parts of your home need the most work and which ones are more important to you. Once you have a good idea, you can start tackling each of them in order of priority. Now to do this, you’ll also need a method.
How Will You Get it Done
There are tons of ways to start tackling decluttering. We’ve heard of the konmari method, going minimal and keeping only what you need, etc. There are many ways to do this, but the simplest is to pull out all the things you have in a certain space (closet, drawer, countertop, coffee table) and then sort it all. To do that, you can sort them in a “three bin” fashion: what you’ll keep, what you’ll donate/gift/sell and what you’ll throw away. Alternatively, you can sort them by category depending on the items and then look through each of them to see which ones you’ll be keeping or disposing of.
We love to use the six-month rule as well, it’s very simple: if you haven’t used it in six months, it’s time for it to go!
What to do with Unwanted Items
When you decide what it is that you want to have out of your house, it’s time to see where those things are going. Anything that is useless or too damaged to be repaired should go in a trash bag. Then, see what could be repaired and decide whether you’d like to keep it after it’s working again. If not, you should put it alongside anything that you would be donating or selling. Remember: someone’s trash is someone else’s treasure.
Reorganize Everything Immediately
Finding the most effective ways for you to organize certain spaces in your home is the best way to maintain order. Look for what best suits you and try to really stick with it, that’s the secret to keep your home how you really want it to! Some of us look for ways to make our spaces more functional, others simply want it to look more put together, and others want to optimize their storage. Depending on what you’re looking for, you should always plan ahead and see if your current systems are effective or if they should be changed.
Implement Long-Lasting Change
It’s one thing to declutter and organize as a single act, but keeping it that way may not always be so easy. Making the lifestyle change to a tidier, scaled down home takes consistent practice. Some recommended reading to help adapt these changes over time are, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and Declutter Your Way to Success, The Key to Organize Your Life by Terri Savelle Foy. These reads will help you maintain the mindset of a decluttered home.
Remember that having fewer things equals less cleaning, it’s in your best interest to only have the essentials. Keep what’s useful and what brings you joy!