Happy almost spring! The sprinkling of warm days recently has provided a much-needed mood boost and a welcome reminder that spring is on the way. While the weather is still a bit cold and damp, why not get a jump on your spring cleaning?
For me, spring cleaning is not just breaking out the Windex and clearing out the dust bunnies. It’s a chance to reorganize, declutter and purge baby purge!
To help you get started, we’ve created a Spring Cleaning Survival Guide. It includes tips for tidying, a list of organizations for donating household items and – for the truly adventurous – an introduction to a professional organizer!
Step 1: The Magic Book
I read the The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up a couple of years ago and I have to say the hype is true! Written by Marie Kondo, a Japanese organizational consultant, the book provides a holistic approach to de-cluttering. Keeping things interesting with chapters like "If you're mad at your family, your room may be the cause", it's an insightful and sometimes surprising read. Plus, it's really short book.
Step 2: Donations That Make A Difference
After you’ve read that magical book mentioned above, you’ll absolutely be ready to purge stuff. Here’s a list of local non-profit organizations that will find a welcoming home for the items you no longer need.
A Wider Circle: Donate your gently used furniture and household items to A Wider Circle and help families in the Washington, DC area transitioning out of homeless situations. It’s a great organization that’s been recognized by The Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington as a leading area charity. (Pick-up services can be arranged.)
Community Forklift: If you’re planning an upcoming renovation consider donating your building materials (think counter tops, appliances, lighting fixtures) to Community Forklift. This nonprofit reuse center keeps millions of pounds of building materials from going to waste. (Pick-up services can be arranged.)
Lupus America Household Goods Donation Program: Help benefit the Lupus Foundation of America's research, education and support services by donating your gently used clothing and household items. (Pick-up services can be arranged.)
Step 3: Call In The Pros
If you’re just too busy (or too overwhelmed) to tackle the clutter, consider the services of a professional organizer. In just a few short hours, a professional organizer will assess your needs, put a custom system in place and - most importantly - teach you how to stay clutter-free. I personally recommend C. Lee Cawley and her team at Simplify You – voted the Best Professional Organizer by Arlington Magazine readers in 2018. Our clients love C. Lee for her kindness and great attitude – plus she gets the job done!
A clean and clutter-free space will reduce your stress, prepare you for any home projects you plan to tackle this year and help you get outside (guilt-free) when the warmer temperatures are here to stay.