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  • Writer's pictureAlisha Pangburn

10 Tips for Successful Spring Decluttering

As a professional organizer, I know that decluttering and getting organized can seem daunting, especially if you need help knowing where to begin. With the arrival of Spring upon us, it's the perfect time to give your home a fresh start. But, how do you get started with Spring Decluttering?

Here are 10 Tips for getting decluttered and organized:

Prioritize tasks before you begin decluttering
1. Plan & Prioritize:
Before you begin decluttering, decide what areas you want to tackle. Create a list of tasks and prioritize them so you can stay organized and on track.  

2. Divide & Conquer: 

If you have limited time blocks to work on Spring Decluttering, break large tasks into smaller ones. For example, instead of tackling your entire closet, start with one shelf, one drawer, or one type of clothing. Bottom line: getting something done is better than getting nothing done. Just dive in and get started!

3. Prepare for Letting Go: 
Before you begin, grab a trash bag, recycle bag, shred box, and donate box. Donate, recycle, or sell unwanted items. Try to be ruthless when deciding what to keep and what to let go of. Let go of duplicates and worn-out items. Keep the things you use the most and that add value to your life today. Donate items in good condition to charity or sell them online to make some extra cash. Recycle as much as possible. (see your local city guidelines for recycling). Trash is the last resort.
4. Clean as you Go:  
As you’re emptying drawers, shelves, and cabinets, grab your cleaning supplies, wipe everything down, and make it sparkling clean before putting things away. It’s not often cabinets and shelves are emptied, so take advantage of it.

5. Use Storage Solutions: 
Invest in storage solutions like shelves, containers, and drawer dividers to keep your items organized and contained. Using a container will assign a home and a defined space for all your stuff, making it much easier to put things away. If you don’t have a big budget, try visiting your local Dollar Store or using shoe and Amazon boxes as containers.
6. Use Vertical Space: 
Don’t forget about the vertical space! You can maximize storage by using wall shelving, hanging organizers, hooks, etc.
7. Label everything: 
Labeling your storage containers and shelves can help you stay organized and make it easier to find what you need. Not only will labeling remind YOU of where everything goes, but it will remind EVERYONE ELSE, too.

8. Don’t Go it Alone: 
If you’re overwhelmed and find it difficult to get started, consider phoning a friend, getting the whole family involved, or hiring a professional. Working with someone else, sharing some laughs, and having an extra set of hands will be more productive and fun.

9. Breaks & Rewards: 
It can’t be all work and no play! Make sure to take breaks and reward yourself. Sit and relax for a few minutes, get a snack, drink water, or take a walk. Plan a pizza night or something fun with your family or friend helpers as a reward for a job well done.

A key and a tag saying consistency is key
Consistency is the Key
10. Create a Routine: 
After you're done Spring Decluttering, set aside time each week to clean and organize your home. This will help you maintain your efforts and prevent clutter from piling up again. Developing
good habits and consistency is key.

Need Help with Spring Decluttering?  I offer a complimentary phone consultation to discuss your organizing needs and see if we are a good match. Let's Connect Today! 

Alisha Pangburn, Sort Your Nest
Alisha Pangburn, owner of Sort Your Nest is a professional organizer in the Greater Silicon Valley, CA. She helps clients get unstuck and get started on their organization journey. She believes if you "organize your space, you can transform your life." Alisha is a proud member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO), serving on the Education committee and a member of the Women's Networking Alliance (WNA), serving as the President of her chapter. She is a lover of dogs, people, fitness.... and coffee!!


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