Spring Cleaning for a Clutter-Free Summer
I’m so happy to bring you another guest blog from a woman who I love and can say first-hand how life changing her work is! Megan Wookey of SimplicitybyMegan is a Professional Organizer and she specializes in helping busy moms de-clutter their homes. Hallelujah, roll out the red carpet and Amen that this profession exists! She has some fabulous tips on how to get organized as we move out of spring and into summer.
The animals have shed their winter coats and you have stashed your winter coats somewhere in the dark attic or garage (okay, at least we can pretend down here in San Diego).
Now its time for you to shed your clutter!
Spring means the start of long sunny days and spending time outdoors, but it’s also time to start that dreaded spring cleaning. Yes, the windows need washing and the blinds need dusting, but the clutter you have accumulated the last year also needs to be cleaned out and organized! Getting rid of the excess items you don’t use anymore will give you the fresh start you need going into the summer months.
Once you’ve identified the areas you want to de-clutter and organize, how can you possibly find the time or motivation to start such a project?
As a professional organizer, I often find people know how to de-clutter and organize, but they lack the motivation to start or finish the job. I’ve got good news for you. Starting is the hardest part. Here are four tips that will help you get through all your organization projects without losing steam:
- Start small.
Starting with your largest project will leave you feeling hopeless, as if you’ll never make it through all the projects you have to do. Instead, start with the smallest area you need to organize, such as you junk drawer or the fridge. Finishing a smaller task will feel great and give you motivation to start on a larger project. Still having trouble with that garage or your kids’ playroom? Break it into smaller chunks and spread the work out over time.
- Take before and after photos.
Make sure to take photos of your space before you de-clutter and organize, as well as after. You will be amazed to see the difference and will want to make sure your whole house looks that amazing.
- Involve the whole family.
Organizing and de-cluttering doesn’t have to be a one man job. While it may not sound appealing to your children, it can be a great bonding experience on a Saturday morning. Make it fun for the kids by turning it into a game. Make them race against the clock to put put all their toys away. You can also play their favorite music while helping to sort through the mess.
- Reward yourself.
This is an important way to avoid getting burnt out between projects. After you finish the space you have been working on, reward yourself with something you don’t get often. It could be watching the latest episode of you favorite TV show or getting a pedicure. This can also be a great way to motivate your family to help. As soon as you finish the project together, go see a movie or grab ice cream as a family.
Getting organized doesn’t have to be boring and take up all your time. Take it one step at a time and remember why you are doing it. Often looking at the big picture is all you need to accomplish the daunting task of de-cluttering.
Megan is a professional organizer that helps families and small businesses in North San Diego County and beyond, simplify their lives. She specializes in creating lasting systems to keep homes and offices free of clutter, and is passionate about organization as an essential part of health and wellness. Living an organized life is more than keeping your home or office looking neat and tidy. It’s about how you feel and function in the space. It also reduces stress and frees up time to spend doing what you enjoy most.