Cleaning after Spring Cleaning: De-clutter Your Home
If you’re like me, you may have already finished your spring cleaning (I am far from being a procrastinator). After you finish cleaning the nooks and corners of your home during the spring cleaning exercise, it is important that you de-clutter your home and organize your living space.
But why spend another weekend organizing when you spent the last one scrubbing the house meticulously? Cleaning takes out the accumulated dirt gathered during the winter season, but organizing makes the house worth living in. Believe it or not, de-cluttering helps you de-stress and organize your life. A well sorted home with no extra mess is a dream come true.
Here is how you can pull off a DIY home organizing job in less than a few days. Ask your family and kids to help you out; you won’t be able to sort (and throw out) any clutter without their help!
Put Everything Back in Place
Has your laundry basket been lying somewhere in the hallway all this while? Put it all back where it belongs. You cannot sort and organize things unless they are in their right place. It would be much easier if you place all items in their respective rooms, and then organize and de-clutter in every room systematically. Remember: if something does not have a place, you probably do not need it.
Let It Go!
If you don’t need it and it can’t be upcycled, let it go. We often stack up on unnecessary items and end up with a lot of junk. Say goodbye to anything you don’t need, and ask your kids to do the same. Give the things away rather throwing them away. Maybe setting up a garage sale will be a good idea. After all, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure!
This goes especially for kitchens and bathrooms. You are likely to discover many food tins, pudding boxes, and spices that expired some time back. Similarly, your kitchen might be home to useless bottles and jars. Bathrooms are also cluttered with useless items like old toothpaste tubes and shampoo bottles, and medicine cabinets often have some expired pills. Get all of this trash out of your way.
Sort and Store!
Now that you have gotten rid of all the junk, sort and store the items methodically. Be creative in how you use the space in rooms. It is best to store small items in boxes and cabinets. If you do not use something on a daily basis, you can store it away in a box. Organize the storage boxes and cabinets as well; store similar things together and label the boxes. You can add a few more shelves at home if there is little space to store the things.
In case space at your home is insufficient, you can store items in a self storage unit. These units are convenient and easy to manage; some self storage providers like Uncle Bob’s Storage also have smartphone apps so you can manage your storage online.
Now that you are done designating new spots to all the items, make a vow to carry out an organizing exercise regularly. Maybe you could re-evaluate the clutter situation at home every month. Mark your calendar and keep up with the de-cluttered zone you have just created for yourself. A clean, organized and mess-free home requires continuous monitoring and maintenance.
I’m so glad you posted this. It’s very comforting knowing that even if you are into recycling and upcycling, there is still an accumulation of trash. I enjoy your repurposing ideas so much, that sometimes I turn into a hoarder. (I now have a ton of toilet paper/paper towel rolls in my closet). It’s good to know that even coming from a hard-core re-maker, it’s ok to throw stuff away (or send to the recycling center) sometimes. Love this post.
Great reminder to do some spring cleaning in spring time!