Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Is is time for Spring Cleaning? (the dos and don'ts)

Its about that time of year for all of us to re vamp our closets with lighter clothing choices and to pack away all the winter gear (gloves, hats, wool scarves etc).  Its also a time when the warmer weather inspires many of us to "lighten" the load of "stuff" we choose to keep in our homes.

De-cluttering (as it is called) takes time and energy.  It also takes a plan to get it done successfully and efficiently.  I know I've had days that lead me to ask myself,  "Where do I possibly begin?".  Every room it seems needs to be gone over with a fine toothed comb.

Well, the best way to approach the situation is to tackle each room separately.  Set aside a block of time (at least 2-3 hours) to go through a room and decide what to keep, what to donate, and what to throw away.   The items to be removed should be taken away that day and the room put back together.  That way there is a sense of accomplishment before proceeding to the next room.

 If you decide to reorganize the books or games on a new shelf or magazines in new containers etc. then make that a project for another day.  Its probably not the best idea to buy a bunch of organizational containers ahead of time.  Wait until you know what is staying and what is being disposed of.

Of course, each space will not be "totally done" since each space will require regular maintenance.  We continually need to organize and spruce up spaces as they are used on a daily basis.  Our needs change over time and our equipment will change as well.  So allow time in your weekly schedule for maintenance and attention to detail to keep your newly organized and decluttered spaces in tip top shape.

While you're at it don't forget to have fun.  Revamp a room with a favorite color or furniture item that makes you happy and comfortable in your surroundings.  After all, its your home and your life and your mood.....  Some ones elses color and furniture choices are not necessarily going to make you happy.  Maria Killam in Vancouver (Canada) is the owner of the wildly successful blog,  Color me Happy.  Yellow is her color of choice and she believes that each personal space should reflect the owners choices. 

And, remember, if your home is kept in a reasonably decluttered and attractive state, there will be less stress when it comes time to entertain or move!

Have a great day and call me today if you're planning on buying or selling real estate.  I am here for you and will treat your transaction as if it were my own. 



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