I’ve been doing some spring cleaning around the house. I want to give the house a really good deep-cleaning; to go beyond the basic maintenance that I normally do. I’ve been cleaning windows; freeing them from their winter-time muck (including the tracks!). I’ve been cleaning baseboards and ceiling fans. I’ll be cleaning carpets and scrubbing tiled floors. Dusting and scrubbing and sweeping. (Oh, my!)
I guess you could call it cleaning out the winter doldrums and preparing a fresh slate for what Spring and Summer have to offer.
Here’s a BONUS: all that cleaning is great exercise!
I’ve also be de-cluttering as I go. Want to talk about feeling free? Getting rid of the “stuff” that doesn’t mean anything is very freeing to me.
I’ve been making regular rounds to Good-Will, taking clothes, unused blankets, purses and knick-knacks. I’ve been taking books to the Half-Price Book Store to sell.
I’ve been really analyzing the items I come across while cleaning. I’ve been brutal. If I don’t love it, have a reason to keep it, or feel strongly that I’ll be using it again in the near future; I’ve been getting rid of it. I just have too much stuff right now, and I love the feeling of letting go of some of it.
Inspired to de-clutter, but aren’t sure how to start? I read an article about throwing away (or recycling or donating) 5 things from each area you encounter. Here’s a link to that page: http://www.alwaysorderdessert.com/2011/02/inspired-living-toss-5-things.html. Basically, you start with one area – say, your medicine cabinet – and you go through it and toss at least 5 things. Then you move on to another area. Before you know it, you’ve de-cluttered! Once you get 5 things out, it’s not hard to keep going and remove more stuff that’s just in the way, serving no real purpose.