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Spring Cleaning: Organization

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. I like to start with my bedroom because it often needs the most decluttering and I should begin moving my winter and spring clothes anyway. Once I have filled a donation box (or four) moved all of my off-season clothing to storage I dust and vacuum. Then I wash the bed sheets and let my essential oil diffuser make my room smell fresh and clean. Once my bedroom is clean and peaceful I move to a whole different spot, the bathroom. But that is a story for another day. As long as you work thoughtfully and logically you will have a spotless home before you know it.

Donate and Destroy

A 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 and 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. This way you do not have time to root through the box and pick out things that you “could totally use.”

While you have a donation box you should also have a trash can with you. This way you can pitch old paperwork, wrapping, and other odds and ends that have found a spot on your home. If you have any old tax papers or bank statements be sure to shred them and dispose of them safely. This way you do not 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. That way 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 I find keeping a binder and notebook is best for me. This keeps everything in one place and writing it down will make the budget that 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