Spring Cleaning!

Oh man, I love spring. Yes, for all the usual reasons: perfect Texas weather, flowers blooming, rain, birds chirping etc. But also? Spring cleaning! Am I the only person who looks forward to this?  It's a chance to clean those things that don't normally get a lot of attention. And, of course, as an organizer, I think it's a great time to purge your home of things you don't need. I think this is the absolute first step in spring cleaning. I suggest you make a list divided into three sections:

Toss, Donate, Recycle.

Toss: This can be super hard for people. If it's broken/damaged/outdated/unnecessary be super honest with yourself about whether or not you can get around to fixing it. Ask yourself when is the last time you used the item. If it's been over a year then toss it

Donate: Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc. will often come to your house to at least pick up large item. In Texas there are clothing donation bins in most parking lots, making it super easy to drop off those items that you no longer need. Apply the "over-a-year" rule here as well!

Recycle: Sometimes it's the little things that make or break an organized home: An old bag of dead batteries, old cell phones, newspapers, etc. Some of these items can be really damaging to the environment- good for your for not just tossing them out! They need to be safely recycled. Here is an amazing guide for how to recycle just about anything.

Once this stuff is gone you'll be able to access what needs cleaning. Here is what my spring cleaning list looks like: Outdoor Grill, Oven, and range hood filter, Window screens, AC vents, Fan blades, book shelves, etc. there are  many more items (as you can see from that anal "what needs cleaning" list!) but choose one or two to tackle per day. Deep cleaning stuff like the grill can be really taxing. I try to clean whatever I can with vinegar and baking soda. Cheap and green!