The calendar doesn’t lie, we are heading into the Holiday season fast and furious! With the hustle and bustle of the holidays comes stress and chaos. Say Yes to Less now and simplify your life so the holidays are less stressful. This will allow to enjoy more time with friends and family. …and isn’t that what the holiday season is really all about?
5 ideas to help you start decluttering BEFORE the holiday season takes over:
- Holiday Decorations. Throughout different stages of our life, our decorating needs change as does our taste in decor. Have you recently become an empty nester? Donate the kid-focused decorations to Goodwill and try a new color scheme. Your local Goodwill Store is also a great place to start your new holiday decor collection; or if you are crafty, look in the aisles of Goodwill for things you can paint or #repurpose or #upstyle and make your own. Just got married? Time to start building your holiday decor collection! Be sure to only keep what fits in your storage space.
- The Kitchen. Ask yourself how many things in your kitchen you really use. If you haven’t used the turkey platter in 20 years, donate it to Goodwill and free up room in your kitchen. Have a set of holiday dishes you love, but are missing a few pieces? Goodwill is a fantastic place to search for those random pieces to complete your collection.
- Kids Stuff. Now is the time to go through all the toys and games and pare down by donating gently-used toys to Goodwill. Why not brighten someone’s day when they find that treasure you’ve donated? Since I know many of you will have a ton of this kind of donation, here is a helpful tip: did you know you can also use a Goodwill Drive-Thru to get help with unloading?
- Closets. As you change your closets over for the new season, it is the perfect time to access those out-of-season things. Did you wear it over the summer? Is it showing signs of wear? Donate what you don’t love and what doesn’t get worn to Goodwill. And when you are filling your closet with your current season clothing, make a shopping list of the things that are missing. Maybe you don’t have a scarf or mittens to match your winter coat?. When you are at Goodwill donating, take a look to see if you find something perfect to add to your closet!
- Garage. Over the summer, we all drop things in the garage when we’re busy having fun during the warmer months. Now that the weather is changing, clean up that clutter! Bring in all the outdoor planters and pots, organize all of the storage areas in your garage and fill your car with those things you really don’t need cluttering up your garage…and donate them to Goodwill. In the Spring, you will be so happy you did this now!
Say Yes to Less and have a less stressful holiday season!
The kids are out of school for the summer, how are you doing on your Spring Cleaning plan? Has that plan moved to a summer-cleaning goal?
Many of us will have the best of intentions to organize things around our homes, and really clean things up this summer. This week we decided to take some advice from an organizing expert on the best way to start these daunting projects!
People always ask us about Spring Cleaning, and I love the idea and energy of throwing open the windows and starting fresh with your house, reflecting all of the new life and beauty around us outside!
When I talk with people about Spring Cleaning, however, the first thing I want to tell them is that I am not a cleaning expert. I don’t know 100 household uses for vinegar, but I do know a thing or two about organizing your closets, bathrooms, kitchens, and garages!
I also want to bust the myth that you “must” do some kind of major overhaul of your home in the spring, like there is some kind of rule about exactly what should be done. Every home is different and people live in different climates, and people have varying degrees of maintenance they do all year round. Certainly there are seasonal things to do that are smart, like switching out your sweaters for shorts. But if you do a good job keeping things clean most of the year, you don’t “have to” break out the kneepads and scrub the floor, unless you want to. I always want people to feel comfortable doing what WORKS for them and not compare themselves to some unrealistic standard.
If you are feeling inspired by spring like so many people are, here are some questions about “Spring Cleaning” that you can think about as you approach your weekend, with some resources to help:
What cleaning projects do you want to get done? If you are inspired to do some major cleaning like baseboards, drapes, blinds, or comforters– decide on it, schedule it in and get it done, coordinating with your family for the extra effort you’ll need. For me, a must is cleaning my patio furniture so I can enjoy sitting outside. Our Clutter Diet members have access to household systems & routines that can help you plan all of your tasks throughout the year! We now offer the FREE 7-Day Quickstart which includes seven days of focused guidance from me plus an additional 7 days of full access and support!. For help with cleaning tips, please refer to Heloise at Good Housekeeping. Here is a great article with her 20 most popular household hints.
What organizing projects do you want to get done? We suggest closets because of the seasonal swap-out of clothing, and we also think it’s a great time to organize your garage, since it’s not too hot outside yet. Your refrigerator and pantry might need some attention, and your bathroom cupboards probably need first aid items and sunscreen to be restocked. If you’d like some support to get these projects done, our expert team is available 7 days a week to consult with you in our member message boards!
What is your disposal plan? When you do big projects, especially like garages or basements, you need to plan ahead a little, and you will probably need some help hauling away that old broken bulky stuff. If you just need to find your nearest Goodwill Donation Center, go to Goodwill-NI.org.
Enjoy your weekend, and enjoy your summer! What are your favorite Spring-Summer Cleaning tasks? Share in the comments!
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