Spring is in the air, and that means most American families will begin the yearly tradition of spring cleaning. It's a chance to rub the sleep out of our eyes and shake off the winter doldrums. We get to air out the house, blow away that five-or six-month funk, and get the house ready for the coming year.
When most of us were growing up, Spring Cleaning usually meant pulling out the couches to vacuum behind them, removing items from shelves and dusting, and getting rid of all the clothes that didn't fit us any more. You know, the typical deep cleaning method we all grew up with.
While there's definitely a lot of merit in that method, we're seeing a trend of decluttering and decrapifying that fits into this newer, sleeker, more modern designs like Modern Farmhouse and Mid-Century Modern, which favors clean lines and open spaces over lots of overstuffed chairs and neatly organized clutter.
If you're ready to radically spring clean your house and you're looking for a new method to try, we have three popular favorites to consider.
You have to be a little ruthless with any of these methods. Don't just hang onto something out of a sense of guilt. I realize your Grandma gave you that sweater when you were 17, but that was so many. . .
pounds years ago when you were. . . younger, and that sweater is just not going to fit anymore. It's okay to get rid of it, you won't hurt Grandma's feelings. If you really want to cherish its memory, take a picture of it so you can look at it whenever you'd like.
1. Pitch/Keep/Don't Know
This is the easiest way to clean out your closets and your garage, because it helps you transition into the decluttering. It doesn't require the emotional commitment or cause stress in the same way the other two methods do.
To start, organize everything in a closet, your garage, or other room into three piles: Pitch, Keep, and Don't Know. If you'd like, you can further break the Pitch pile into Trash and Donate.
Then, start sorting everything into their various piles.
Things that you want to keep obviously go in the Keep pile. Things you no longer want go into the Pitch pile. (Or separate them into the Trash and Donate piles.)
And the things you're not sure of? Those go into the Don't Know pile. This is where we avoid a lot of the emotional entanglements of the other methods.
Put everything in the Don't Know pile into some Rubbermaid tubs and store them away. Then, if you don't go looking for anything in those tubs within the next six months, get rid of the entire tub without ever opening it. Drop it off at a local charity or Goodwill and don't look back.
Because if you didn't need it in those six months, chances are you forgot what was in there anyway, which shows you never needed it in the first place. But if you decide you need it before then, you can always go rescue it, and that tells you the item was a keeper.
2. The KonMari Method
This is similar to the Pitch/Keep/Don't Know method, only there's no Don't Know Pile. You take each item in hand and ask yourself if it "sparks joy" or "speaks to your heart." That is, are you truly happy to have it. If you're not, or if your feeling can best be described as "meh," then you should get rid of it. Thank the item for its service and then discard it.
The way to do, according to Good Housekeeping, it is:
Commit yourself to tidying up.
Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
Finish discarding first. Before getting ride of items, sincerely thank each item for serving its purpose.
Tidy by category, not location
Follow the right order
Ask yourself if it sparks joy.
And five categories to tackle:
Komono (a.k.a. Miscellaneous Items)
As silly as it may sound, it's important to ask yourself if each item sparks joy. By doing this, you can realize whether you're hanging onto certain items because of emotional obligations — "Grandma gave it to me, so I guess I better keep it" — and be rid of them completely.
Get rid of the things that don't bring you joy, even if you have a sense of guilt for trying to get rid of it. That emotional baggage, combined with the actual baggage, will only weigh you down over the years. Set it free from your life and you will feel the weight lift from your shoulders!
In the end, your house will be free of clutter, free of junk, and you'll only keep the things that are most important to you as well as to your family members. Sometimes spring cleaning means remodeling and refreshing your home's look too. If you want new furniture to create a newer, more modern look, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website for more information.