I think there is some physical connection with opening of the windows in our homes and letting fresh air in and wanting to throw stuff out of our homes that we no longer need or want. Entire communities have coordinated spring cleanup efforts that we gear up for. We want to live with less, but we simply don’t know where to start.
I suggest you do a little bit each day. Nobody likes spending days organizing, not even me. We like to spend our time off of work with our families, not sorting our clutter. So this week take a few minutes each day and rid your home of clutter.
I have created 9 activities that I like to call Spring Flinging. Each activity should take you between 5-10 minutes. Save them up and do them all at once or do one or two a day. Grab a box and get ready to fill up for the donation center.
Silverware Drawer: When was the last time that you went through your silverware drawer? You will find take out silverware, chopsticks, clothes pins and a variety of things that are not silverware. Chances are there are even baby spoons in it and your baby is now 18! Clear out what you don’t use and fling it!
Towels: Do you buy new towels but never seem to get rid of the old ones. You only need so many towels but why do we keep them? They take up space. We never use them but we save them and call them “rags”…but how many rags do we need? The towels in good shape can be donated. The ones that are torn or stained, donate to your local animal shelter. They don’t care if they are stained.
Winter clothes: We sure hope that winter is over. Take the time to figure out what fits and what you want to wear next year. Donate what no longer works for you or your family. Wash and store everything that you plan on using next winter.
Unread Magazines and Newspapers: Do you have them? Do you read them? Do you keep them way too long? Today just get rid of everything that you have not read. You do not want to be looking at Christmas Cookie recipes in March! A rule of thumb is to get a magazine read and out of your house within 1 week. Take it to your gym, doctor’s office or retirement center after the 1 week is up.
Papers of Good Intentions: Admit it, you have it…a pile of papers that you are ignoring. You know that you need to go through them, but you don’t have the time to go through them. Either take the time today to get that pile reduced or just toss it…..yikes!
Manuals: Raise your hand if you have a filing cabinet full of manuals? Chances are you have never looked at the manuals. And truth be told…if something happened to your snow blower you would go and do a search online to trouble shoot and not look in the manual….if you even know where it is stored. So be ok with flinging those manuals. Keep the ones for major appliances that would go with the sale of your house…but for the rest….feel free to fling.
Cords for Electronics that we are clueless about: We all have random electronic cords that we don’t know what they go to. Today either figure it out or fling them! Big box electronic stores have recycling bins in the entry of their store, so be green when you fling.
Linen Closet: Often our linen closets are filled with mismatched sheets or sheet sets that don’t even fit the bed size that you have. I have one set of sheets for each of my beds. When I wash them I take them off and put them back on so that I can avoid the dreaded folding of the fitted sheet.
Clothes that no longer bring you joy: Grab 5 items from your closet that you are no longer in love with or wear. Only keep clothes that you love and make you feel and look great wearing them. Even if you spent good money on them, they are taking up space….either consign them or donate them….simply get them out of your house. If you want to do more than 5….go for it…..think about other closets in your house as well. Set the timer for 5-10 minutes and get cracking!
Organizing can be done if it is taken in small bites. This week set your intentions to work on these 9 areas. You may find that once you get on a roll you keep on going.
To Joyful, Simplified Organizing,
Melissa is a Productivity Consultant living in Fargo, North Dakota doing her best of living a life full of adventure. Filling a life of memories and not of things!