Spring is here!!! I love seeing and hearing all the birds that have returned to our area. We have sandhill cranes (noisy but interesting), geese, and all sorts of songbirds. When I hear the cranes in early March, I know it's time for spring decluttering. Ok, Ok, I know - it's supposed to be spring cleaning. But, you can't get to the cleaning until you move all the stuff out of the way. You might as well do a bit of a purge while you're at it.
I find that beginning with clothing is helpful. Depending on the part of the country you live in, you might be switching out your seasonal clothes. Instead of packing away all the winter stuff, evaluate what you've worn this year, and what you haven't. Has that well loved sweater finally been worn out? Look for excess pilling, holes or stains. Donate children's clothing that they won't fit into next year.
In the kitchen, pull out plastic storage containers - recycle those that have seen better days. Go through food in the pantry and toss anything expired or open boxes/bags of food that has gone stale. Sort through cookware and get rid of nonstick pots and pans that have had the coating chipped off.
The bathroom can be decluttered, too. Old medicines that have expired should be disposed of properly. Half used bottles of shampoos and beauty supplies that you decided you didn't like need to go. Then, look at your towels - are they threadbare or have holes? You can turn one or two into cleaning rags, but throw out the rest.
Depending on how much spring decluttering you want to do, you could even move into storage areas - basements, attics, closets. What things have you been holding on to for years? Are they really useful - what's their purpose? Take a hard look and get into the spirit of the season by getting rid of the old stuff so that you can begin with a fresh outlook.
What's your spring declutter plan? If you don't have one or are having trouble getting started, I'm happy to help! Contact me or comment below.
Jennifer Raschig loves to share thoughts on creating restful spaces and presenting your best self every day.