How to Get Started on Spring Cleaning

Merry Vernal Equinox! Hopefully this means no more snow and a fresh start. It also means it’s Spring Cleaning time, one of my favorite parts of the year. Yes, it’s tedious, there’s no denying it but there are so many benefits to clearing your space. If you need a plan, I have some simple guidelines to get you going.

A cluttered home leads to a cluttered mind. By clearing your space, you’ll be able to focus better. By letting go of the past, you make room for the glorious future. You’ll free up energy for more prosperity and productivity. So, do the work. You’ll reap the benefits soon!

1. Take Inventory

Get a notepad and go through each room. Write down what really bothers you with each space. Do you have some areas that are more cluttered than others? What things do you truly need versus the things that you don’t really use? Gather the products you want to use for cleaning and keep an ongoing list of items you’ll think you’ll need to organize. You can purchase the organizing products later.

2. Set Intentions

What vibe would you like each room to have? Create a phrase or theme word for each room. Then you can rebuild around that.

3. Do One Area at a Time

Trying to de-clutter and clean your home in a day is not realistic unless you’re already a minimalist. Do one room at a time and if that seems too overwhelming, do one corner at a time!

4. Separate Into Piles

Get some empty boxes or buckets and categorize your belongings into Keep, Donate, Trash, Recycle, Sell. I also have a Shred pile, for any documents that may have my personal info on them. You can either shred them at home or take them to a place like Office Max where they have an industrial shredder.

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5. Get a Buddy

Going through your belongings can be very emotionally and physically taxing. Get some support. An accountability buddy or someone who can help go through your stuff with you will help you purge more efficiently. That especially helps when going through your wardrobe because they can give you an honest opinion on what clothes just aren’t doing it for you anymore.

6. Make Some Money

If you have anything that is still in great shape and valuable or fashionable, see if you can take it to a local consignment shop. You can also sell on Amazon, Ebay, or Craigslist. Whatever you can’t sell, donate. There’s someone out there who may really appreciate it. I sent the stuff I didn’t want to sell to my Mom; clothes, perfume, etc. She was seriously delighted and my things are going to good use! That is something you can feel good about.

7. Possibly Hire a Professional

There are different levels of clutter. Some people have a hoarding issue. If you think this is the case for you, you can either hire a Life Coach or Professional Organizer to help you sort out. It’s easy to give up if you get overwhelmed. Think of it as an investment in yourself and your future, it’s well worth it. Some people just don’t have the time and so hiring help will make it easier.

8. Be Patient with Yourself

As someone who just spent at least 6 weeks or so thoroughly de-cluttering my home, I know that it can be draining. When I declutter other people’s homes, it’s not emotionally difficult because I’m coming from an objective place. Just go slow and steady. Set a loose deadline. Your stuff has your energy and your memories. Some things are going to be super easy to get rid of while other things may take a little longer to let go of. That’s okay and it’s normal. What helped me was journaling through the process and making scrapbooks of the things that are sacred to me.

9. Let the Good Times Roll

When you’re all done, take a look around. It’s going to feel amazing! You’ll be able to focus better. You might even have some new things come into your life because you freed up the energy and made the space. Revel in the progress that you’ve made.

10. Maintenance

After you get organized, consider what kind of routine you want to have for de-cluttering whether it’s weekly, monthly, or quarterly. Mark your calendar. You wouldn’t want to undo all the progress that you’ve made.

Have a beautiful Spring and stay tuned for updates. Lots of new things to come!

All the best,

Rose Rising

 

 

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