Posted on: 29 September 2015
There is no doubt that the act of spring cleaning results in a variety of benefits to take advantage of including more patience and peace of mind, a calmer outlook, and the opportunity to make some money or save on taxes when all is said and done. But the process of spring cleaning can be pretty overwhelming, especially if you haven't completed the task in quite a while. In fact, you may be wondering what to store, what to sell, what to throw out, and what to keep in order to create a balance between organization and material comforts. Here are some things you can do to make the process easy, and maybe even enjoyable:
Rent a Storage Unit Nearby
One of the best ways to keep stress levels low and make it easier to part with things, even if only temporarily, is to rent a storage unit. This will give you a place to keep things that you don't need now but will need in the future or that you aren't sure whether or not you want to keep as you continue your spring cleaning efforts. Secure a temperature controlled storage space if possible so you can store even the delicate things without worry.
Commit to a Set Number of Boxes
Committing to a particular number of boxes to pack will help you stay on track and keep up with your goal of getting rid of things you don't currently need cluttering up your home. By committing to pack a minimum number of boxes, you'll ensure that you don't end up with closets full of clutter after you've worked so hard to get organized. While packing your boxes it's important to keep in mind that they'll be going in storage until you can figure out whether or not the stuff is actually needed in the long run – so you aren't actually losing it forever just because you are getting it out of the house.
To keep track of what's in your boxes so things can be easily retrieved from your storage unit if you end up needing something unexpectedly, color code them all. Use permanent markers or stickers to code your boxes to correspond with specific items or items from specific areas of the house.
Make Three Work Piles Outside
Use your yard on a nice day as your workspace so you have plenty of room to spread stuff out and go through it without having to dig through piles in the living room. Start by setting up three separate spaces: one should be a keep pile, one a sell pile, and the other a store pile. Everything you will be throwing away should go directly into a garbage bag or rented dumpster. As you bring things outside, give yourself no more than a few seconds to make a decision about which pile to put each item in.
This will help to keep the process moving along quickly and ensure that you're working off of instinct as opposed to emotions. You can then simply pack up your storage pile in the boxes you've committed to (if you can't fill the boxes up, see what you can do to move things out of the keep pile to get them filled) for storage, put together a garage sale for the things that end up in your sale pile, and find a new home for all of the things that you have decided to keep.
These tips can tricks can be used on their own or mixed and matched depending on how much stuff you have to get rid of overall.Share