Hello Spring! It has finally arrived in Ohio. Spring is a popular time to freshen things up, open the windows and shed some of our old stuff. Days are longer and warmer this time of year, which inspires many of us to get our homes in order. There are likely chores that don’t get done every week in your home, like moving the furniture away from the walls to vacuum.
Some researchers trace the origin of spring-cleaning to the Persian New Year, which falls on the first day of spring. Iranians continue the practice of khooneh tekouni (literally “shaking the house”) just before the Persian New Year. Everything in the house is thoroughly cleaned from the drapes to the furniture. (According to Wikipedia)
Are you one of those people who looks forward to a ritual of cleaning and de-cluttering? For many the concept may not occur to them. Make 2018 your year to renew your home!
Spring can also be the time to take stock in what material items you own and perhaps donate items and organize a few areas. Think about all the stuff you bring into your home on a daily or monthly basis.
Here are some ideas to get you started in the organizing department:
• Pick a category of clothing and let go of the items that are worn out, torn, soiled, no longer enjoyed, tight, loose or better for someone else!
• Collect all your mugs in one area. Choose your favorites and donate the rest.
• Review your bath towels. Donate ones that are worn out to the local dog shelter.
• Gather old bills, taxes from 2010 and before, old receipts and anything else that you think needs shredding and take it to a free shredding event this spring.
• Make space on that bookshelf for new books to arrive by donating ones for others to enjoy.
Is this the year to start a spring-cleaning ritual? Take a look at the Wholly Organized Spring Cleaning Checklist below and who knows you may get inspired!
Lynne Poulton is a Certified Professional Organizer (CPO®), Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization (CPO-CD®), Level II Hoarding Specialist and Owner of Wholly Organized!® LLC. Lynne partners with people of all ages to address the physical and emotional clutter in their lives to make room for what matters most.