People have been practicing spring cleaning for centuries.
Some researchers say it began with the Persian new year, while others say that it’s tied to the ancient Jewish practice of cleaning before Passover.
And in the era before vacuum cleaners came along, cleaning in springtime made practical sense. With winter over, people could open up their homes and let the wind clear away the dust.
These days, spring cleaning is as much a time to declutter your home as it is to clean things up. If you’re getting ready to clear your home of clutter to have more space for indoor storage, here are a few things to consider.
1. Make a checklist
Decluttering your home isn’t something you can do in a day or two. Chances are you have work and family obligations that you can’t set aside while you empty the garage.
But you can at least start by mapping out the project and putting together a checklist of things you want to do. As you finish each phase of the project, check it off. The amount of time you spend on each room can give you a sense of how long the entire decluttering will take.
The project will seem much more manageable when you can see it as a bunch of little tasks, rather than this giant undertaking to create more indoor storage space.
2. Do a little each day
Like we said above, it can be difficult to squeeze spring cleaning into your regular work/family schedule. And after putting in 40 hours at your job, you probably don’t want to even think about cleaning out and organizing all your closets, let alone try to tackle this task
So save the big things for weekends to avoid being overwhelmed, and instead try to do smaller cleaning chores during the week.
For example, you might want to wash the kitchen floor on Monday, vacuum carpets on Tuesday, clean the bathrooms on Wednesday, etc.
3. The five-bin rule
Once you’re ready to begin decluttering, go out and find five bins or baskets to put things in. Each of these will serve a specific purpose:
- The Put Away basket – This is for things that have wandered away from their proper spot, like the screwdriver that wound up in a kitchen drawer. The things that go in this basket should be returned to their rightful home.
- The Fix basket – Like the name suggests, this is for things that you want to keep, but need to be fixed (such as an old pair of shoes that are a bit worn).
- The Donation basket – Set aside this basket for things that you can donate to charity or give to a friend. These should be things that are still in good condition but that you no longer want or use.
- The Recycle basket – If you have things that you’re throwing away but that are able to be recycled (paper, plastic, glass, etc.).
- The Trash basket – Whatever you’re getting rid of that can’t be recycled or donated should go in this final bin.
Of course, you might end your spring cleaning realizing that you’re running out of indoor storage space. And you might find that you have plenty of things that you want to hang onto but that you don’t really need all the time (Christmas lights, for example).
If that’s the case, Delta Storage can help. Our state-of-the-art indoor storage units are safe, secure and affordable, and come in a range of sizes, so you’ll be covered whether you want to store a few items or contents of an entire room. Contact us today to learn more.