Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Decluttering Tips and Tricks for Spring Cleaning

Decluttering Tips and Tricks for Spring Cleaning

I love to get organized!  I know that sounds totally weird, but that is really the whole reason I started my blog.  I love to get my house in order.  To prepare for what might come.  You can read my story from the beginning HERE (Be warned, it is ugly)  

So as I was preparing to get my house ready for the spring and summer, I thought, why not share a few tips and tricks I use and have learned along the way.  That is what this series is all about.

Today I am going to focus a bit on "decluttering" your closets.  This can be a never ending processes.  But if you have it on your Cleaning List (grab one for free HERE) ever quarter, it won't be such a big job.

Decluttering Tips and Tricks for Spring Cleaning
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Let's start with some of the winter clothes.  We have like a MILLION jackets, sweaters and coats.  This is just a very small sample.  To start, pull everything down, wash and dry and hang it back up.  Decide if there is anything you want to donate or needs to be thrown away or recycled.  Then you have some choices.  You can rehang them in your coat closet, box them up for next season, or if you don't have either of those, hang them in the back of your closet out of the way.  Super simple.  Makes a HUGE difference.

Decluttering Tips and Tricks for Spring Cleaning
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Next, shoes.  We also have a lot of shoes.  So go through your shoes, pull out the old, yucky, holey, shoes and toss them.  Make a donate pile for those you don't need.  Pull out the winters 
Decluttering Tips and Tricks for Spring Cleaning

Rotate your winter shoes with your spring/summer shoes.  It isn't as hard as you think.  Donate the items you don't wear anymore or those that you haven't worn in a long time.

Decluttering Tips and Tricks for Spring Cleaning

Go through your winter accessories, hats, gloves, mittens, scarves.  Wash and fold them up and store them for next season.  

These are just a few of the ways to declutter.  Some other things you can do:

*Go through your clothing.  Pull out winter items and store them at the back.  
*Donate any clothing that you have out grown or your children have out grown.
*Make sure to wash items before storing making sure they smell nice.  Otherwise you might not want to use them next season.
*Begin a list of items you know you'll need next winter and store it with your clothing.  So you won't forget.


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Make sure to follow along in our series!!


4 comments:

  1. I would really prefer that you come over to my house and do all this FOR ME, Chelsea, while I sew. Barring that, you are inspiring me to at least contemplate adding your great organizing tips to my weekly routine! Thanks for the wonderful ideas, and love your printables!!

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  2. Great ideas! We have started this at our house, too. A yard sale at the school really motivated me to declutter!!!

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  3. Oh, do I ever need to do this! Especially in an apartment, where space is limited anyway!

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  4. Note if only I could get rid of the clothes we no longer wear rather than 'saving' them to repurpose! :)

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