My friends at Rubbish Works provide some great tips on where to get started for Spring Cleaning!
Spring cleaning is in full swing. For some, it only takes a few hours to wash away the dirt, clutter and grime from the winter. For others, like myself, it can be a real chore that takes an entire weekend, sometimes a week. Occasionally, I get delayed starting spring cleaning because I simply just do not know where to start.
This weekend, Parade Magazine, which comes in the Sunday Post Dispatch, featured an article about decluttering the home. Within the article, they described 10 things that you can get rid of in your home today. This seems like the perfect place to start for spring cleaning! Here is a summary and a few of our own ideas on where to start:
From Parade Magazine:
1.) Computer Print Outs: Save a digital copy of what you need or bookmark an article/blog
2.) Paper Copies of Bills: Refer to internet or bank for proof of payment if you need it
3.) Old Technology: VHS tapes, cassette tapes, etc. This technology is outdated and obsolete. VCR’s and cassette players are no longer manufactured.
4.) Work Out Equipment: Use it or lose it.
5.) Worn-out Linens: Rule of thumbà # of people in house x 2=how many of each linen item (towels, sheets, etc.) you should have (I didn’t know this! I’ll be going through our linen closet soon.)
6.) Old Hair Accessories: Keep what you use daily or weekly. Toss the rest.
7.) Old Cell Phones: When you get a new phone, donate the old one to be refurbished to someone who can use it
8.) Coat Hangers: Excess hangers only tempt you to buy more
9.) Reminders of Past Hobbies: Interests change. Get rid of the old, to make room for the new.
10.) Single Use Kitchen Gadgets: Get multipurpose items to declutter the kitchen
Other places to start:
1.) Expired Food: Check the pantry and freezer for expired food
2.) Food Storage Containers: Recycle those that are missing a lid or lids that are missing containers
3.) Clothes that do not fit: Rule of thumb à keep one size lower and one size higher than you wear
Purging a few items today will make of spring cleaning a breeze!
Here’s a link to the article in case you missed it in the paper. http://www.parade.com/news/2012/04/22-is-your-stuff-weighing-you-down.html
Originally published on Thursday April 26th 2012
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