April is here! And for most of us that means the snow is gone, the green leaves are budding and flowers are beginning to bloom. That also means it’s the perfect time to tackle your garage/shed. Summer can be too hot but spring weather is the absolute best time to pull everything out, purge whatever you don’t want to keep and then put everything back in to the space, categorized and organized.
*Helpful tip – invest in clear bins with locking lids so you can easily see what’s in each container and you won’t have to worry about unwelcome guests making their way inside.
Cardboard in a garage or shed is a definite “no” for long term storage.
March = (thoughts of) Spring. Spring = Spring cleaning. If the thought of spring cleaning stresses you out, remember 3 important tips:
1. Top to bottom*
2. Inside to outside**
3. One room at a time***
*Clean effectively (start at the ceiling and work your way down to the floor)
**Clean smartly (begin inside, where you live, and end outside, where dirt lives)
***Clean realistically (tackling one room/space at a time will give you a quicker sense of satisfaction and will help motivate you to go on to the next space)
Keep a bag, box or bin in your bedroom (in the closet or under the bed is ideal so it’s not out in plain view) and whenever you put something on that doesn’t fit well, has a defect, or you just don’t like anymore, do NOT put it back where it came from! Put it in your “donate” holder. I guarantee you’ll get rid of more clothes than you think you will AND you’ll eventually clear your closet of clothes you never wear.
(bonus: the feelings of guilt you feel every time you look at those
‘never worn clothes’ will go away once the clothes go away!)
Christmas is over and the new year has begun! January is a great month to look back over the past year to see what items in your home didn’t get used. Whether it’s clothes, shoes, jewelry, tools, perfume/cologne, books, bathroom or kitchen items or other random items around the house, there are probably several things that need to find their way to the “donate”, “recycle” or “trash” pile. It doesn’t have to be a lot, but purging even a few items will help get your new year off to a good, and organized, start.
If you’re like most families you probably have your Christmas tree, decorations and lights up already. If the entire process made you frustrated, invest in some key organizing products now, so the tear down, and, more importantly, next Christmas set-up can be faster and less stressful:
Clear plastic bins so you can see which decorations are inside
Labels so you know exactly what’s in each bin
Hangers to wrap each strand of lights so they never get tangled again
(extra tip for those who want to take their packing a step further: categorize your items as you pack them –
“like with like”)