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Spring Cleaning: Organization Tips and Tricks

by CustomHomes on Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Spring cleaningFor many of us, winter can be a bit maddening and we may be chomping at the bit to get outside and do some spring-cleaning. If you live up North, however, it may be a while before the snow melts and you can begin cleaning up the exterior. Until then, here are some tips to organize the interior of your home so you can have a fresh, clean home to start a beautiful new spring.

One Room at a Time

Take on one room at a time. This way you can stay focused and work methodically. Start with your bedroom. It’s where you sleep and decluttering it will help you rest better. Plus, it may need the most decluttering. It’ll also give you a chance to begin moving your winter and spring clothes.

Once you have filled a donation box, or more, and moved all of your off-season clothing to storage, it’s time to dust and vacuum. Then, wash the bed sheets. Once your bedroom is clean and peaceful, move to a whole different spot, like the bathroom. As long as you work thoughtfully and logically, you will have a spotless home before you know it.

Donate and Destroy

As mentioned above, you should have a donation box on hand when you are cleaning. This way, you have a specific place to put things you don’t need anymore. Plus, it won’t be put back or lost along the way. When you fill a donation box, you should donate it as soon as possible. By doing so, you’ll remove clutter from your home faster and you won’t be tempted to look through the box and talk yourself into keeping things you “might need one day”.

While you have a donation box, you should also have a trash can with you. This will make it easier to pitch old paperwork, wrapping, and other odds and ends that have found a spot in your home. If you have any old tax papers or bank statements, be sure to shred them and dispose of them safely. You do not want to have to worry about your information being stolen.

Budget

While it may not be fun, you should take a look at your budget and work through your expenses. In doing so, you can “trim the fat” and save where possible or invest in something that you use everyday or love.

While some people use apps, excel sheets, or other electronically based organizational tools, you may find keeping a binder and notebook is best for you. This could help keep everything in one place. Plus, writing it down will make the budget that much more concrete in your mind.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com