The spring season is a time for renewal, especially when it comes to cleaning and organizing a home. While it may seem like a daunting task to de-clutter your entire house and spruce things up, it’s really not as hard as it looks. For a few things to help you get started, read our guide courtesy of Imperial Self Storage on how to get your home organized this spring:
Make a Schedule
Before you get too overwhelmed to begin the cleaning process, you should try and create a weekly or monthly organization schedule. Without one, your workload could seem impossible, and you might be tempted to procrastinate. And instead, break some of your larger cleaning tasks down into smaller chunks of time and schedule them for specific dates in the next few weeks. Try to do a little bit of work at first, to make sure that you don’t get too frustrated, and be sure to stick to the plan.
Most people who organize their home simply want to free up more space. And the easiest way to accomplish that is to store household items as efficiently as possible. While there are a lot of storage methods out there, the easiest one for most people to use is vacuum packing. The process involves putting objects inside of specialty bags and then sucking out all of the air, which compresses items to the smallest possible size. Just remember only to shrink things that can survive compression without breaking. This includes clothing, towels, and bedding since they take up a lot of space and can shrink down to a fraction of their size after packing.
Sort By Usage
Spring cleaning can give you the opportunity to get rid of any items that you don’t use regularly. Be sure to go through all of the belongings each room of your home and sort them based on when you last used them. Then, make a separate pile for the ones that you can’t remember using and another for the ones that you use infrequently. Afterward, you can choose to either donate, sell, or throw away your unwanted items to clear up more space around your home.
Living in a digital world means that most homes are filled with cables for computers, televisions, and other electronic devices. And since it’s easy for wires to become a tangled mess, which is a problem for both the quality of the cables and the family members who trip on them, take a few minutes to get your cables organized. It can save you a lot of money on replacements and make your devices easier to use it the future.
Deal with Documents
Most homeowners deal with junk mail that gets delivered to the house every week. And if you’re like most people, you probably tend to let it pile up for months on end. To avoid this, try sorting through your mail and getting all documents in their correct place. If you have a stack of sensitive paperwork that needs to be thrown out, be sure to shred each piece before tossing into the trash.
Find Alternative Storage
If you find yourself struggling to contain your overstuffed closets and drawers, experts suggest renting a temporary storage unit until you have time to think through what to toss and what to keep. You may decide to keep a storage space long term for items that are seasonal (i.e. Christmas decorations and clothing), documents you need to keep, or family heirlooms you want to hang onto. Check out this list of 10 things to put in storage today!
With a little elbow grease, you can have your house decluttered and looking great for spring. Nothing says a fresh start more than a clutter-free, organized, and clean home!