10 Essential Spring Cleaning Tips
Expert advice for spring cleaning made easy.
It’s “officially” been spring for a couple weeks now, which means you no longer have excuses to continue postponing your spring cleaning. The time is now.
Luckily, you don’t have to go through it alone.
We asked DeAnna Radaj, local eco-shui design consultant and “home rehabber,” for her best practices when de-cluttering a client’s home. Specifically for Charlotte, she says she often gets asked to help with effective organizing and removing clutter from kids’ playrooms, the kitchen, and closets.
Here are some of Radaj’s tips for de-cluttering this spring.
1. Give every item in your home the three-question test: Do I USE it? Do I LOVE it? Do I NEED it? If you can’t answer yes to at least two of these, it’s time to part ways.
2. Perform a pantry overhaul. Dig deep and throw out everything that’s past its expiration date. (You’ll be surprised and slightly terrified at what’s been in there for far too long!)
3. Make sure your drawers and cabinets are setup according to how you use them. If you often find yourself opening the wrong drawer by habit, it’s time to switch things to match your instincts and lifestyle.
In 2009, Kate Mattei enjoys her playroom designed with the help of her grandmother, Patsy Anderson of Blowing Rock Interiors. Note that the playroom is age-appropriate yet can grow with Kate.
4. Kids grow up quickly. If the playroom is full of toddler toys and your kid is now seven, donate or sell them.
5. When going through your closet, try on every single item, no matter how painful it might be. If something doesn’t fit, either get it altered or get rid of it. Holding onto something for years because you think you’ll fit into it one day is not helping you.
6. No what-ifs. When purging, don’t let your imagination get carried away. Radaj says we wear just 20 percent of our clothes 80 percent of the time.
7. Objectivity is key. If you don’t trust yourself to make logical decisions, invite a friend to help you using an outsider’s point of view. Then return the favor.
8. Once you clear your closet, reorganize it according to your process. Categorize clothes either by occasion (work, date, party, etc.), by type of item, or by color. Make it easy on yourself.
9. Consider what is being stored and what is not. Could more things be put away if they are not used often?
10. Identify what has real meaning to you, display it, and enjoy it. If you’re keeping something because of sentimental value, it wouldn’t be shoved away in a box gathering dust.
Spring cleaning might seem like a daunting task, but just imagine how great you’ll feel when the weight has been lifted and your home feels lighter! You’ve got this.