With spring flowers beginning to bloom, it’s time to sort out your closets, clear the clutter in your home and bring some fresh air into your living space! Not only will you feel more organized, but with surfaces and floors less crowded, dusting, vacuuming, and maintaining a clean house will be easier.
First, look around your home. Which objects make you feel happy when you look at them and which ones don’t? If an item doesn’t make you smile, toss it out! If the sentimental is too great to part with, box it up and shelve it.
To organize closets, pull absolutely everything out of the closet. Scrub the walls with soap and water and vacuum the rug or mop the floor. Then take a look at your space. Make sure you are maximizing every inch you have. To increase room in your closet, install valet hooks on door frames. Stack items you don’t use frequently on high shelves. Hang over-the-door shoe racks on the closet door or put shoes you don’t wear often in containers under the bed.
Put your clothes and shoes in three piles:
1. save: you love it and it fits
2. donate: you don’t wear it but others could
3. toss: it’s stained, ripped, scuffed, or stretched out.
Then review the items in each pile. Ask yourself honestly: have you worn the item recently? Is it still in style? Are you keeping that wonderful dress which you love – but is two sizes too small – because you plan to lose weight? Be firm and let go of everything you don’t use. If you do lose weight, you’re going to want to celebrate the occasion with new, updated clothes anyway.
Place sweaters, shirts, and shoes you want to keep in clear plastic bins. You’ll have a much easier time finding them if you can see them. Also, group like items together: blouses with other blouses, pants with pants, etc.
If you simply can’t make up your mind whether or not to let something go, box it up and label the outside of the box with the current date. Go back to the box one year later. Chances are if you could do without it for a year, you’ll by then be ready to let it go.
Finally, gather up the usable items you’ve decided to let go and donate them to Goodwill or The Salvation Army. For a fun celebration, throw a household items and clothing exchange party with your friends. Giving to others will not only clean out your home, it will make you feel great!
Once your floors and furniture are cleared of all the extra items that you’ve just removed or organized, give us a call – it’s a perfect time for a thorough carpet and upholstery cleaning!