Spring always reminds me of a fresh start. In Lake Havasu City, we experience “Goldilocks” weather: not too hot, not too cold. It’s the perfect time to rid your household of clutter that seems to accumulate throughout the year. However, clearing an entire house of “junk” may feel a bit overwhelming. To avoid pulling out your hair and losing your voice from screaming in frustration, I’ve put together this guide to decluttering to help you get through the process without losing your mind.
Guide to Decluttering
Before Decluttering Begins
First of all, don’t feel like you need to tackle your entire Lake Havasu household in one fell swoop. Instead, take decluttering room by room one day at a time. You might even need to break that down further for particularly big tasks. Maybe clean out your pantry on one day and come back the next for the rest of the kitchen. Perhaps tackle one section of your garage before going on to the next section. Bedroom closets may need their own day, separate from the rest of the room.
Then, put together a cleaning kit. It should include sponges, dry rags, paper towels, trash bags, and cleansers. As you clear out an area, you’re bound to find dirt, dust, and other debris that needs to be disposed of. You don’t want to place the items you’re keeping back into a dirty space.
While You Declutter
Cleaning is seldom fun for anyone. Don’t let it drag on. Turn on your favorite music to help pass the time. Get the kids involved by assigning them a chore list in their bedrooms. Give them specific goals, such as choosing 10 toys to keep or which five stuffed animals are their favorites. Let them have their own cleaning supplies to use in their space.
You’ll want to get four big bins/boxes or designate four separate piles while you go through the decluttering process. One for items you want to keep, one for items you want to toss, one for garage sale/donation, and one for undecided. Separate the things in the space you’re clearing out into one of these four categories. Continue until you have nothing left on the shelf, in the cabinet, on the counter top or in the closet. After you clean the empty space, only put back those items you intend on keeping. For the rest, use one of my spring cleaning junk removal options to get them out of your house for good.
Maintaining a Clutter-Free Space
Once you’ve completed your spring cleaning, the trick is to keep clutter from creeping back into your Lake Havasu home. Change over to electronic billing when possible. Cancel any subscriptions you no longer use or have time for. At the end of each day (perhaps after dinner), gather everyone in the house together, set your timer for 15 minutes and instruct everybody to grab whatever is theirs and put it away in its proper place. Reward
Yes, it’s a lot of work. But decluttering your living space creates a sense of harmony in your Havasu household. It’s worth the effort. Now, crank up that music and start your spring cleaning today!