Spring is the season of cleaning, and while we are ready and eager to help you out by getting the outside of your home cleaned with our quality power washing services, we thought we’d offer some tips for getting the inside of your home organized for your spring cleaning!
With the recent popularity of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, more and more people are learning the importance of clearing away clutter from their home. This is one of the biggest moves you can make when it comes to organizing your home. Excess stuff simply makes it more difficult to be organized and clean, and as studies have shown, there’s a mental drain that comes from having cluttered surroundings. Evaluating items one by one to determine what’s really needed or what, as Mz Kondo says, “sparks joy” goes a long way to helping you clear things out and get a head start on the rest of your organizing journey.
Put Your Clutter to Work
But what do you do with those items you decide you no longer need? Donating items can certainly be a worthwhile choice, you may have other options. Selling on Craigslist or Ebay are great options for some items, but you may need to balance the effort the process takes with what you might expect to gain from it. Facebook has the Marketplace service which makes selling small household items a little easier. If you have clothing items, some consignment or thrift stores will pay you for good quality items, and used bookstores can be a great choice for selling old books that are in good quality. If you do decide to donate items, consider getting a receipt, which may be beneficial for you come tax time.
Anything Could be a Storage Container
Storage containers are incredibly useful when trying to organize your home, but they also can be expensive. There's a good chance though that you have at least a few extra items around the house that could pull duty as storage container or organizational tool. Rather than spending the money on brand new organization bins or shelves, give some consideration to what items around the home can be reused. Not only will you save some money, you’ll find there’s an eclectic fashion that can be gained from utilizing these items in different fashions. Crafting websites like Pinterest and Etsy will have plenty of examples and ideas to get you started.
Avoid the “Junk Drawer” Temptation
When you’re working to organize your home, there’s going to be an overwhelming temptation to have a space that becomes a catch all. The bigger that space is, the more of a problem it creates. A spare bedroom becoming a storage room becomes a room that’s constantly a mess, and remains a source for that mess to spread out over the rest of your home. It’s worse when you cover it with euphemisms like “craft room” or your “home office” which lets you leave that room as a cluttered space because it somehow serves a dedicated purpose. By all means, have a dedicated space for hobbies or passions, but that space should remain as organized and decluttered as the rest of your home. With that tackled, you want to resist similar temptation with other, albeit smaller, spaces in your home. A hallway closet or a junk drawer in your kitchen can be just as risky, again because they become seeding spaces for mess to spread out into the rest of your home. You must remain vigilant to ensure your organization campaign covers all of the space in your home.
Hopefully, this is enough to get you started! And remember, when it comes to getting the outside of your home clean, our power washing services can clean your exterior walls, deck, sidewalks, and driveway better than they’ve ever been! Call us today!