Hey guys! ❤
It is that time of the year where everyone starts ‘Spring Cleaning’, organizing their lives and generally making everyone else feel a bit bad and/or lazy as they aren’t jumping on the same bandwagon as everyone else.
So, I thought I would share some top tips with you on how I motivate myself to clear some of my old possessions out of my home and how I keep that motivation going throughout the year rather than waiting until next Spring to do the same thing all over again! Keeping on top of things is whats key in all of this, so lets dive on in!
1. 6 Month Rule
My Mum is a big advocate of clearing things out even though she hoards things as much as the next person 😉 however! She did give me a good tip that I stick to every single time I am clearing things out which is…
‘if you haven’t looked touched or worn the item in 6 months GET RID.’
Weirdly, this really does help as you have already set yourself a boundary and so the attachment you may feel to an item may disappear pretty quickly as you haven’t worn it in 6 months so give it to charity, sell it, give it to a friend or family member OR throw it out if it is really old or no one else would want it…
Obviously if it is a sentimental item or something precious this rule wouldn’t apply, but, this does apply to the drawers full of pajamas, piles of t-shirts you’ve had since you were 15 and the kids books that you definitely do not need anymore!
2. Be Realistic
If you have got the idea to clear things out then you need to be realistic with how much you can clear out. If you’re not in a position to buy a whole new wardrobe full of swish, stylish outfits then do not clear out everything you own clothing wise.
You need to clear things out that you can justify and within reason. Clear out the old pajamas you haven’t worn for 5 years but keep the t-shirt you will wear in a months time. Don’t be stupid and clear everything out then be stuck with nothing as you have no means to replace everything you have just so kindly given to charity! 🙂
When you’re clearing things out the floor, tables, sofa and work-tops soon become very cluttered with items and you simply forget which you are giving away, throwing away or selling.
Make organised piles of all of the items so you can remember where they are going so you can systematically remove things from that area in a group rather than one by one. The less time you have to convince yourself that you need to keep the alarm that makes you a cup of tea at the same time that you have used ONCE the better. Get rid. You do not use or wear it. Off it pops to the electrical appliances heaven in the sky…
Also, organise your room, flat or home into sections and do each one systematically. Do not try and do the whole thing all at once, you’ll get confused, make a mess and then give up quicker than you started.
Start in the bedroom, for example, and then section the bedroom into sections and do one section at a time. So;
under the bed,
top of the wardrobe..
Once you have completed each section, remove the items you have cleared out, organise them into their new home piles and then remove them/put them out of the way and move onto the next section.
4. Be Ready
Spring cleaning may seem like a super fun task for a Monday evening after work when you’re on your 10th coffee of the day and are trying to avoid eating the chocolate orange calling your name in the fridge… However, it does take time. Sometimes a lot of it. It will make some mess, sometimes a lot of it. And will take some energy, sometimes a lot of it. So start small, organise your desk drawers or have a look through your drawers or kitchen cupboards and start to build an idea of what you want to remove and then finish that section off before moving onto the next.
Don’t overwhelm yourself or drown yourself in items as you will just give up and run away and hide whilst scoffing chocolate orange!
5. Be Positive
Clearing things out is a really good thing for both your home and your mind. A tidy home = a tidy mind, as they say, so see this as a positive thing and not a sad thing as you’re removing items that you don’t use and this then means you can replace them with new shiny pretty things that you will use and love!
So there you go, guys! Those are my top 5 tips on spring cleaning and how to approach things in your homes! I hope this helps, let me know any of your tips down below, I would love to know how you guys tackle this task! ❤