If you're planning to get a head start on your spring cleaning, you may be preparing now. The first step to a whole house spring cleaning is to de-clutter and remove the items that are just taking up space in your home. Many people give up on de-cluttering because they're so overwhelmed and the projects are never finished. To make sure your next de-cluttering project is a success, ignore these common misconceptions.
1. You Don't Need a Plan. While you might get a surge of energy and decide to organize the kitchen, that energy isn't going to last through the kids' rooms, the office, the garage and the living room. Make a list of which rooms, closets, etc. you want to de-clutter and create a schedule you know you can keep.
2. You Can De-Clutter Your Entire House This Weekend. That's a lot of work for one weekend and you'll probably be burnt out before you hit your second closet. Choose a timeline, enlist help, and remember that you're removing clutter from your home for your own benefit. Slow and steady wins the race.
3. You Need Supplies. You can spend a fortune on supplies to help you organize, but you likely have everything you need. Having separate boxes for donations and trash can go a long way for de-cluttering.
4. You Need to be Hyper-Organized. You do not need to alphabetize your spices or color code your closet to organize your home. De-cluttering shouldn't be such a monumental task that you feel you're never finished. Find a system that works for you for the long-term. If that includes a label maker, so be it.
5. De-Cluttering is an Annual Project. Do you dread spring cleaning? If so, it may be because the thought of organizing is just too overwhelming. Instead of tackling your de-cluttering projects once a year, set a up a schedule to organize one room each month. By this time next year, you'll be grateful for the ongoing process.
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