Should it stay … or should it go? That’s the basic question when you embark on spring cleaning for any reason. Whether getting ready to move or market your home, de-cluttering or just re-organizing your home space—it’s tough to figure out what to put into storage versus what you should keep at your house, or simply throw or give away. It’s critical and wise to use some tried-and-true tricks to making spring cleaning decisions quicker and more effective:
- Label boxes “keep”, “store”, “donate” and “toss”.
- Set a timer for 30 minutes and attack one spring cleaning project at a time, then take a little break to clear your head before starting another.
- If you haven’t used something in a year, but you want to keep it in the family, store it in a safe, clean self-storage unit. This goes for any furniture and home goods that will eventually end up in your new home.
- Donate anything that’s still usable instead of putting it out for the trash. Goodwill, Purple Heart, and The Salvation Army will take most things if they are in good condition, they also pick-up at no cost in some areas.
- Stop buying things! Don’t allow yourself to bring anything new into the house until you have everything organized. This will motivate you to get it done fast! Remember if marketing a home for sale, LESS IS MORE! A de-cluttered house shows better and sells quicker!
- When you are all done, take some new photos, have friends over and thoroughly enjoy your fresh living space!