Most people wait until Spring to do their “Spring Cleaning”, but Fall is an ideal time for a thorough cleaning and declutter of your home, especially if you are planning to entertain family and friends during the holidays. So where do you begin? Julie Morgenstern, the “queen of putting people’s lives in order,” offers these suggestions:
- In the Bedroom: Get rid of anything that doesn’t fit, doesn’t flatter, and will never be worn.
- In the Living areas: Get rid of books and magazines that you’ve already read, or know you never plan to; DVDs, CDs, and VHS tapes that you no longer watch or listen to.
- In the Bathroom: Get rid of all outdated medicines, toiletries and cleaning supplies.
- In the Kitchen: Get rid of old expired food items as well as kitchenware and small appliances you no longer use.
The general idea is if you haven’t used it in a year or more get rid of it. What do you do with the items you discard that are still useful? A garage or yard sale, if allowed in your community, could be a quick source for some holiday cash. Selling individual items on eBay or craigslist are other options. If you don’t have the time or the inclination to sell your extra stuff there are numerous charities that will accept your useable items, some will even pick them up from your doorstep.
Finally, If you find you are overwhelmed by the amount of clutter you have, step back, take a deep breath and start small. Tackle on box at a time, one room at a time, until it’s done. As Benjamin Frankiln once said, “Energy and persistence conquers all things.”