Greetings from Shorter Designs! March is a wonderful time to finish up projects in the house before the weather gets nice and you want to spend more time outside. With this in mind, let’s cut the clutter in our homes and do a little Spring Cleaning! Here are some tips to get you started.
- Items you don’t use get in the way of items you really would like to enjoy and use. Get rid of things that you do not use regularly so that you can easily see and reach what you do use frequently.
- Only handle items once. By waiting to make a decision about where something goes, you double your work load. So decide right away to save yourself time and clutter.
- Designate a certain amount of space for things, and don’t allow your things to overflow the given area. For example, once you fill up your bookshelf, don’t buy any more books until you are willing to part with some that you already have.
- File cabinets are great for more things than just filing important papers and bills. Consider also using them for instruction books, stationery, school work, receipts, invoices, etc.
- Some clutter is just stuff that belongs somewhere else. Whether it is toys or magazines, designate a “home” for everything. This way you are more likely to put it where it belongs if you have a place already set aside.
- Walk through your house and look at each item displayed on coffee tables, shelves, counters, etc. Ask yourself why you have it, if you like it, if you are tired of dusting around it, if it works, and if you have others like it. And if you keep something that doesn’t pass the above criteria, consider putting the item in a box for a month or two. Revisit the item and look at it with fresh eyes, then decide what to do with it.
- Save time and clutter by not procrastinating. Some examples include: take things to the other end of the house (or upstairs or downstairs) each time you make a trip so piles won’t collect in the wrong places, remove all trash and shopping bags from your car as soon as you get home, wipe up spills and vacuum messes as soon as they happen, and fold clothes right out of the dryer to prevent wrinkles.
Here are some great things to do in March:
- Delegate some of your workload to others by getting the family involved in Spring Cleaning. Make a list of things you want done, and have people sign up for chores they want to help with. Give a timetable so everyone will know the expectations.
- If you haven’t already planned your summer vacation, do it now. Decide where to go, where to stay, how to get there, what you want to do while there, how much you are willing to spend, and clear the exact dates with your boss. The sooner you plan it, the more relaxing it can be when you arrive.