If you’ve been waiting for the spring to come around to adopt a massive cleaning and organizing project, you should consider getting to it a little faster. A winter cleaning project is just the thing to take your mind off of the busy days that lead up to or the dreary days that often follow the holidays. If you wait until spring to clean and organize, you’ll be wasting valuable outdoors time cooped up in the house. If you start a winter cleaning project, you can not only clean while you have to stay indoors anyway, but you can also minimize the chaos after Christmas with a house in which everything has a place.
Don’t Use It? Toss It!
Winter is often the season in which we start to feel claustrophobic and like we are surrounded by clutter. Forced to spend more time indoors, we suddenly find it hard to get around or get tired of looking at all of the stuff we never use. If this is you, start to get rid of some of the things you no longer need. Try walking through the house with an empty laundry basket or plastic container, and begin to fill it with clothes and odds and ends. Then get rid of them right away — provided you have asked any family members who may want to keep them first. That way, you won’t have time to sit around thinking about whether you would use the items or not. If you haven’t touched it in 6 months to a year, then you’re not going to. And the more you can get rid of, the more space you have for making your home feel comfortable and homey.
Use Space Wisely
Whether you live in a mansion or a shack, using space wisely will help you get the most out of your home. To use space wisely, you need to come up with a strategy and purchase the tools necessary to help you achieve it. Find areas in your home where storage makes the most sense — places that you don’t use every day but that are easily accessible and can hold an organizer that will make your stored items stay safe and easy to reach. Don’t try to use a highly trafficked room, like a hall or a finished basement, for storage. Instead, stick with closets, attics, unfinished basements, and, of course, the garage. If you do choose the garage, make sure you use its space wisely too. White Rabbit’s garage organizers can keep items out of your way so you can discover garage space that you never thought you had.
Do It in A Day
What happens to large-scale organization projects that last more than a day? Unless you live alone or are extremely focused, they get pushed aside. In fact, they can even make getting organized harder. If you start an organization project and don’t finish it, odds are that items will get hastily tossed into closets for storage and be very hard to find the next time you need them. Take the time and plan your organization day. Develop a chart or plan for what you will do, and get to it. When you relax at the end of that day, you’ll really feel as if you have earned it.
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t get some large-scale cleaning done. In fact, cleaning and organizing in the winter may even be preferable to cleaning in the spring! With some time, tools and a plan, you’ll be ready to go in no time!