Happy Spring everyone! So now that all of your organizing lists are done and weather is breaking, it’s time to clean out that closet or any other space in the home. Yes Spring Cleaning is as overwhelming as reorganizing.
Start with one room or closet at a time. You don’t have to do it all at once. Pick one project/room per day and by the end of the week you are ready for spring! Yes you can achieve it. One day do the windows, one day the floors, another day deep cleaning the bathrooms and so on. As you go thru each room, keep a laundry basket or box for items you want to get rid of. Now that your house is clean, you can take time to go thru the items in the baskets in a more focused manner. Don’t know if you want to purge certain items? Ask yourself these questions: When was the last time you used that item? Does the item fit you or your new style or future organized living? Can someone else get more use out if that item? Is the item worth it to sell? Now you have separated piles: Donation, Selling, Trash, Repurpose.
How to get these items out of the house is usually a procrastinating point with a lot of people. Here are some tips on where to take your purged items.
Donating: Items in good condition can be donated to Goodwill, Salvation Army, Homeless Shelters, Women’s Shelters. Business clothing can be donated to Dress for Success. Old sheets and towels can be donated to a pet shelter. The local Lion’s Club has a program to take used eyeglasses. These are just a few of the many places that take donations.
Selling: You and your neighbors can hold a garage sale. Remember to price items to sell..you don’t want leftovers! More expensive items you can have appraised, sell on eBay, an auction house or consignment shop,
Trash: for items beyond repair and not in good condition. If this is a large amount, call your garbage company and see if they can arrange a special pick up. If you have 1-800 Junk in your area, they will take everything. If a dumpster sounds too expensive and is too large, maybe orchestrate a junk party in your neighborhood and share the cost as well as filling up the whole dumpster.
Repurpose: If you are a crafty, DYI person and ideas from Pinterest got you going, you can repurpose a lot and saving money at the same time.
Okay Folks let’s get going and Happy Purging!