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A day we all look forward to in New England is only 19 days away!

The first day of Spring!

Let’s hope that most of the snow is behind us.

Cleaning is not my thing, but getting organized certainly is. The 1st step to getting organized is de-cluttering. The reason that areas in a home get cluttered is because people keep too much stuff.

It’s time to start thinking about “spring cleaning” and I thought I’d send along some ideas that will help you get a jump start on it. If you start your spring cleaning early you’ll have time to do other things that you enjoy doing outside when the weather is better!

(1) Before you start CLEANING start DE-CLUTTERING.

(2) Look at everything in your home and ask, “Do I really need this or even use it anymore?” Does it just take up unnecessary space?

(3) Key areas to focus on include:

  • Clothes closets
  • Garages
  • Kitchens
  • Great Room
  • Bedrooms
  • Linen closets
  • Bookshelves and magazines
  • Games and toys
  • Pet toys and supplies
  • Medicine cabinets (outdated meds)
  • Kids playroom
  • Home office

Pick one area a day and set a timer for 45 minutes. You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish. Once completed, move onto the next area on your list. By the first day of spring your home should be completely de-cluttered!

Another option is to get everyone in the family working together on your spring cleaning project. You don’t have to do this all yourself!

Consider these three options when de-cluttering.

Remove – it goes in the trash
Repurpose – give it away to a family member or friend
Recycle – donate it to a charity and have it picked up

Two of my favorite places to “recycle” things are Planet Aid (http://www.planetaid.org/and the Vietnam Veterans of America (http://scheduleapickup.com/).

Charity Navigator has a great guide to donating non cash items.

https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=335

When it comes to spring cleaning remember the word PURGE.

  • Prioritize
  • Unload
  • Recycle
  • Get Organized
  • Enjoy a Less Cluttered Home

Need help? With more than 30 years of experience I can help you get organized and eliminate the clutter in your home and your life!

Call me at (978) 922-6136 for more information and lets talk about my Three Hour Transformation! http://organizationplus.com

Remember: Daylight Savings Time starts March 12th. Clocks “spring” forward an hour!

Nancy Black

Organization Plus

(978) 922-6136