Spring seems to bring out the organizing in me – more so than any other time of the year. I think this may because the rest of the year seems to be so busy. I’ll usually start spring cleaning right after the holidays. Beginning at one end of the house working my way to the other end – I clean from top to bottom washing walls, windows, curtains, blinds, drawers cleaned out and organized, closets cleaned out, and all furniture washed and moved with the entire floor being cleaned and the room totally decluttered. I try to leave no stone unturned – except for the ceilings, which are nasty popcorn ceilings – they get vacuumed.
When I am done – not only do I have clean rooms – I am also left with several boxes to distribute elsewhere. There are boxes of items to place on Freecycle, boxes of recyclable items, boxes to take to Goodwill. Sometimes I forgo going to Goodwill and make those donations to the Epilepsy Foundation simply because they come right to my home to pick up the donation. And of course there are bags upon bags of trash that make it to the dumpster and there are boxes of items to sell.
Although I like donating items, I like selling items just as much. I like that I am putting physical cash back in my pocket. One way to make that money is yard sales – except they are just too much work and too time consuming for me. Instead I will sell items on Craig’s list, MusicMagpie, Ebay, Listia – online sites. One item I don’t sell is cell phones. I could get money for cell phones, but I prefer to recycle those at Petsmart. It does my heart good to know the animals benefit from them.
When all is said and done, I like the feeling I am left with after spring cleaning and decluttering. It’s an empowering feeling of being in control of my home. Of course, decluttering takes place all year long in small doses too…like cleaning out clothing drawers of clothes that no longer fit or won’t be worn or magazine piles…stuff like that.
I’m halfway done the task this spring. I kind of got sidetracked and decided that I needed to paint the living/dining/entry way this year. That’s okay though – the walls really look refreshed 🙂
When do you do your major decluttering and big cleaning? Are you one to do it in the spring? The fall? What feeling are you left with when all is said and done?
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