I recently stumbled upon a great article in Lucky Magazine all about spring cleaning, and I realized (much to my horror), that it had been ages since I had done a major overhaul/purge. And now, with the impending move to a new, and likely smaller place, it seems I may have to get serious about downsizing, organizing, and letting go of the beaded crop tops circa 1999 (yep, it’s that bad.)
I should start by sharing an important detail about the madness that is my storage situation: I am a memory hoarder. I can’t throw anything away. And when I try to throw away, I find myself four hours in, sitting on the floor amidst piles of pictures, Rocket Dogs (yeah 90s shout-out), and his and hers high school class rings (oh yes, hubby and I have been together that long!) So because it’s Spring – and long overdue, and because moving is on the agenda, I’m going to try to tackle the clutter, room by room.
- Sort the things I want to keep, the things I can definitely part with, and the things I’m iffy about (then re-evaluate the iffy pile with a “get rid of it” slant.)
- Set a donation goal in mind: try to fill at least a box with things I can donate to someone who could actually use the things I’ve left collecting dust for far too long.
- Label everything.
- Re-think my closet and storage space. Stores like The Container Store and Bed Bath + Beyond have amazing and brilliant closet, under-the-bed, and wall upgrades for tidy storage.
- Throw out the old closet hangers and start from scratch. (The move is a great excuse for this one!) The ugly mis-matched hangers that currently reside in my closet are quite the eye-sore. Plus, I’m convinced that if my closet looked more uniform, I’d be more drawn to it, and thus, hang more. Wishful thinking?
- Create a space for my baubles, sunglasses, scarves, and hats. The accessories sometimes get lost in the mix and I find that if they’re not organized and in my line of sight, I tend not to wear them as often, which is just a shame.
7. Make an effort to keep clean and organized after that.
Do you have any useful organization tips for a major spring cleaning?
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