Spring is the perfect time to de-clutter your house and gear up for the season at hand. Below are five tips that will help you streamline your life without sacrificing your stuff.
1. Clean out your closets. Pull everything off the shelves and racks. Decide if you want to store, donate, repair or toss the items from winters past. Clean then store anything you wore this past winter and want to wear again. It’s helpful to use vacuum sealed bags or plastic storage bins to protect from summer neglect so items are fresh again next fall. Donate anything that hasn’t been worn in two or more winters, you likely won’t miss it. Put into your repair pile items that need alteration – those straps that never stayed up or the hemline on which you always trip. Toss items that have that are stained, torn or otherwise damaged.
2. Assess what’s left of your current spring wardrobe. Before you go buying a new closet full of clothes, consider what you have. You may already have the perfect pair of spring shoes or a great dress for your friend’s wedding. It’s nice to know you don’t have to go shopping for those things. Make visible in your closet your favorite pieces so you’ll remember to reach for them this spring.
3. Put away out-of-season décor. Still have vases filled tchotchkes from past holidays? Or, did you get a great deal on a wreath that has been sitting in its bag ever since? Put all out-of-season decor on your kitchen table by holiday and carefully pack it away in plastic storage bins according to the holiday. If you cannot see through the bin, make sure to label it. Since you won’t be needing these items until the fall, these are great items for storage!
4. Inventory the furniture in your house. Now that the weather has warmed up, it’s time to take a long, hard look at your furniture. That table you inherited from your mother may be worth something but never really fit in your house. Now’s the time to put it in storage and see if the one you’ve been eyeing would look better. Since the weather is neither too hot nor too cold, you won’t be uncomfortable carrying even the heavier items. And, you won’t be lying to your mother if you tell her you moved the table to another room. She doesn’t need to know that the other room is a mile or two away!
5. Reassess your garage. Even with the unpredictable climate in Minnesota, it is unlikely you will need sleds or skis for the next few months. Pack up and store your winter paraphernalia so that the gardening equipment, bikes and other spring necessities are easily accessed.