Many of us dread Spring Cleaning and others avoid it completely. Year after year, accumulating more and more possessions, trash, and uncleanliness. This can lead to chaos. The hoarder shows on television are an extreme example, don’t let it get out of hand!
Spring cleaning is defined as “a complete cleaning of a place, as a home, done traditionally in the spring of the year.” However, a person can clean all day long but if they don’t get rid of clutter and organize first, it ends up being just a cleaner mess. That is why TopShelfGarage.com emphasizes Spring Cleaning as a 3-step process. Step 1: Clear the Clutter. Step 2: Organize. Step 3: Clean.
Having worked in the Estate Sale business, I know first-hand what a huge task this can be. Depending on how much stuff you have, this entire process can take anywhere from a few days to a month or longer. But it’s worth it and makes life better. So let’s get started!!
Grab a notebook, pen, and garbage bags (preferably contractor bags). Everyone’s clutter size is different but no matter the size of your mess, it’s important to get rid of the trash first. So go room to room and put all of the garbage into contractor bags and according to your city/town rules, take it to the road. Some cities only allow so many bags of garbage per week so learn your area’s waste collection information. Do an internet search for the term or call your local government. For large amounts of garbage, renting a dumpster is a great option.
Next, do the same with everything you choose to recycle. Place items in your recycling bin and or call your local recycling service to help purge recyclable items. If you have personal papers that need to be shredded, paper shredding companies are available.
Now it’s time to find donation centers in your region. There are numerous places such as Salvation Army, Good Will, Habitat for Humanity, and many more local donation centers that have drop off sites and or will come to your home for pick up.
After the trash, recycling, papers and donation are gone, if you still have tons of stuff, it’s time to make some money. You can do this by by having a sale at your home, listing online, or taking your belongings to a consignment shop. Don’t forget to put the sale times and dates in your local newspaper, because people love a good deal.
Finally! After all of that work is done, your house is ready for Step 2 of Spring Cleaning. Check back next week for TopShelfGarage.com’s blog on Organizing.
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