Spring is a time for new beginnings. For most of us, that means cleaning and organizing our homes. If you’re ready to tackle that monumental chore, take into account the tips below. (And if you’re so tidy and organized throughout the year that spring cleaning isn’t a big chore for you, well, keep that to yourself! Unless you want your friends and neighbors to be jealous, that is.)
Take it one room at a time. Deciding to clean or organize your entire home can quickly get overwhelming. If you focus on just one area or room, then move to another only when you’re finished, you’ll likely work more efficiently (and save yourself a headache).
Follow the six-month rule. Generally, if you haven’t used something in six months (with the exception of seasonal items), it’s a good idea to consider throwing it away or donating it. With regards to clothes, try this trick – have all of your hangers facing the same way. When you wear something, turn the hanger around. The hangers that have not been turned go to the donation pile.
Don’t forget the kitchen. Just like other rooms, your kitchen likely has things that haven’t been used in some time and this includes food in the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry. Check the dates on everything and be honest about what you will actually eat. Donate anything that is still good that you know you won’t eat. Give those appliances a thorough cleaning and get rid of anything you won’t be eating.
Set yourself up for success. Paper clutter is something we all could probably cut back on pretty easily. Setting up a few recycling bins throughout the house gives you a convenient alternative to just setting that old magazine or paperwork down somewhere and watching the pile grow. If you are feeling particularly ambitious, consider digitizing paperwork.
Make some money! Of course, the spring cleaning garage sale is a tradition for many homeowners, and can be a great way to bring in some extra income. Talk about a win-win situation you get rid of stuff you don’t need, and someone pays you for it!
Stay safe. When you’re cleaning or maintaining your home, be mindful of the physical risks involved. Lift with your leg muscles, not your back. Avoid prolonged repetitive motions. Use ladders, lawnmowers, and other dangerous tools with caution.
However you choose to clean up your act this spring, enjoy! If you are thinking about reviewing your insurance coverage as a part of your organization spree, please contact one of our independent insurance agents at (314) 434-0038.