Have you completed all of your spring-cleaning tasks? Dusted? Swept? Purged? Scrubbed? Enough already! We get exhausted simply thinking about trying to cram so much into a short period of time. Won't you be glad when summer finally arrives and you can say so long to this cleaning craze?!
By now you know that we prefer the term 'non' spring-cleaning. Easy does it when it comes to cleaning and organizing. The mere thought of having to do so much at once can be completely overwhelming. We prefer the slow and steady approach. Setting reasonable goals, and allowing a reasonable amount of time to complete them.
No matter which space you decide to work on, there are basic guidelines to follow in order to make the process less stressful.
Determine what the actual space is to be used for
PURGE all unnecessary, unwanted, and unused items*
Create three separate categories of items: Keep, Donate, Trash
Be brutal when purging your space and place items in appropriate categories/piles
Be reasonable with your expectations – there is only so much available space to work with
Take the time to search magazines or online to get ideas on how you would like your space to look
Purchase any organization/storage tools before you tackle the space
Be prepared to take the required time to achieve the results you want
Don't rush! Sure you can set yourself a deadline, but don't push yourself so hard that you give up without achieving your goal(s).**
Think of a nice treat for yourself when you accomplish your goal!
*If this step is too overwhelming, try placing the items you're not sure you want to keep in a bin and put the bin in the basement or garage. This way the items will be out of sight and you'll have time to determine whether or not you 'need' them. Out of sight is out of mind....which often leads to out of house.
**A great way to find time that can be dedicated to decluttering is to turn off all your electronics (and your television) for one hour a day. No phone, iPad, tablet, computer, or television for one whole hour. You can do it! You will be amazed at what you can accomplish in that one hour when you're not being distracted!
A great little tip to refer to when organizing your closet!
This little cartoon made all of us chuckle when we read it. Anyone with kids can definitely relate to it!
Kids rooms are definitely a challenge to keep organized. Thankfully there are many organizing tools available to help. Check out our previous post to see some of our suggestions. Our Pinterest site is filled with thousands of great ideas to help organize every space in your house – including kids rooms and playrooms. Trust us, it's worth a look if you're tired of tripping over toys, stepping on Lego, or sorting piles of 'artwork' strewn across the floor!
Here's a great list to get you started on the decluttering path!
We figured you were probably tired of being told what to spring-clean and how to do it, so this week we decided to take it easy on you and share a few tips of where to start the decluttering process. Nothing too demanding or strenuous.
Our Pinterest site is filled with thousands of exciting and creative ways to organize your home, your pets, and even your packing! If you can't find what you're looking for, let us know and we will find it for you. We are professional organizers and we love our jobs. If you need us to help you find the organization solutions that best suit your needs, give us a call. We offer free 30 min consultations!
As always, Organize My Chaos would love to help freshen up your space. Whether you check back here for regular tips and tricks, download our free lists, or hire us for a free 30-minute in home consultation, you won't be disappointed! We look forward to hearing from you!