Spring is just around the corner, sure this may sound like wishful thinking when we have a ridiculous amount of snow outside my house door, but I promise you it is coming soon. The days are starting to be longer and soon we will need to start our Spring cleaning. There are many things we can do to declutter our homes during Spring, open the windows, let some air in and get going through stuff you have not touched in months or years.
My rule of thumb when decluttering my home is to ask if I have used the item or toy in the last few months, or last year. If it is a toy of the children, I work with them to determine if the toy is something they will someday play with again or if the toy is something they have truly outgrown that another family will benefit from having. I also work with my own items under this same premise; do I need it more than another person may need it?
There are many ways to get rid of the items you take out of your home during Spring cleaning, you could give them away on sites like Listia where everything is free. I love the idea behind Listia, you are giving to others by uploading items you no longer have use for all the while earning credits to use towards getting other people’s items on the website. It is a win-win for all and makes sense with my belief in the barter system; I live my life best on exchanging time, services or items with others in return for helping them or them helping me. Listia is a great way to declutter without having to host a yard sale and pricing items that are difficult to set a price on.
I have a few totes packed away here at the house from last year Spring cleaning, we just kept piling items into totes that we set aside in hopes of having a yard sale someday. The yard sale has not yet happened. Another way to get rid of items is to set out a free pile at the end of your driveway; I have found many will stop to pick those items up. In the past my free piles have been picked up by church volunteers who were driving around picking up free piles for their rummage sale.
Whether you host a yard sale, use a listing site like Listia to give away items or set out a free pile in your yard for your local community members to stop and pick up, it is time to get decluttering that house so that when the sunshine, bird singing days of Spring arrives you will be ready to enjoy it after these long Winter months.
Do you do Spring cleaning every year?