Spring Cleaning

canstock20047315Yes, I know it is 6 degrees out there, and we are waiting for Spring, but what a perfect time to be trapped inside with the opportunity to begin sorting out the clutter. I am not a fan of clutter other than I LOVE to get in there and organize it all. You have to decide what you use, what you love, what you are keeping because someone gave it to you and why you are keeping something at all.

Some super simple things to get rid of right now: magazines and newspapers. If you are saving a particular recipe or photo form a magazine. Tear that page out and start a folder or copy the recipe to a card, and get it in the recipe box. Everything else goes in the recycle bin.

Toss old medications. Most of them have an expiration date. If they don’t, I start wondering how old they REALLY are. 🙂 Also throw out old makeup, and if the linen closet is nearby why not tackle a shelf? If you have an hour, tackle the whole thing.  What in there do you really need?  Maybe threadbare towels can be let go. Or those flannel sheets you thought you would love but NEVER use. An organized linen closet is right up there with a clean sink. FEELS GOOD.

Your collection of coffee mugs could be huge. I know mine was, but I always grab the same ones. They are my favorites. Decide your favorites-maybe one for every day of the week-and if there is more than one of you, one each day of the week for that person too. Or for that third person…and once you hit 21 mugs do you really need anymore?

Head to the bottom of the closet. See any old shoes you never wear? Shoes that pinch and hurt your feet?  Toss them in a bag and donate them.

Go through a nightstand drawer. For some reason these collect a lot of oddball things I bet you forgot you had.

Get rid of all the odd storage containers you are saving. Use glass tupperware instead. Glass can go in the microwave. Glass lets you see what is in the container. You do not need to put all those oddball nails in a margarine container-now you have to label it. And once that cabinet is cleaned out, wipe it down and restock it so you can see everything. If you can’t see it easily, you may have too much.

For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned. ~ Benjamin Franklin