Spring cleaning…it seems like you either love it or you ignore it. I tend to fall into the “ignore it” category. I’m trying hard though to seize opportunities within the natural rhythms of our family life to “spring clean” and declutter our home in the process. If you’re like me, here are 3 easy ways you can declutter your home without much effort this Spring.
Have you felt a little increase in your energy level and motivation to clean or organize this Spring? It’s a natural result of more sunlight and a decrease in melatonin (a hormone that increases in winter and makes us sleepy). Your body wants to get up and do things now that it’s Spring. How can we take advantage of this natural rhythm in the season without feeling overwhelmed?
Declutter your home: Switch out the seasonal gear
If you’re like me, depending on where you live, you still have your snow boots and winter coats readily available. Last year I put them away at the first sign of Spring and then, of course, there was a winter storm! However, after 80 degree days, I think it’s safe now to put the heavy winter gear away.
This alone is going to make your entryway look decluttered (without actually decluttering at all! Win!). Snow boots, snow pants, thick winter coats with the gloves, hats, and scarves take up a LOT of space.
While you’re packing this away, do it mindfully.
- Has your youngest child outgrown those snowboots or snowpants? Put them in the donate or consign pile.
- Do you have more than one or two pairs of gloves per person in your family? Can the amount be reduced?
- Are there winter hats or gloves that were never worn because family members don’t prefer them? They might be “too itchy,” “too tight,” or “too fill-in-the-blank” (my sons have funny reasons why they won’t wear certain things). Don’t pack them away from another year. Put them in the donate or consign pile and free up some space.
Declutter your home: Switch out Winter clothing for Spring clothing
Along with the winter gear, pack away the bulky sweaters and a majority of the long pants and long sleeve shirts that were staples this Winter. Packing them away for the season will give you more space in your closet and let you see what you own and what you wear. If your closet is jam-packed with all four seasons of clothing, it’s difficult to know what you’re wearing.
Like toy rotation for children, clothes rotation can bring you joy as you unpack the clothes you haven’t seen for six months. Even if the clothes aren’t new – they feel new again because they’ve been out of sight.
While you’re packing them away, ask yourself these questions:
- Does this still fit?
- Do I love the way it fits me and makes me look right now as I am (not 5 years ago or 1 year ago)?
- Did I wear this at least once this Winter?
- Do I have more than I need of (fill in the blank – sweaters, jeans, etc.)? Are there some that I can donate?
I recently wrote about the term Lagom, which is a Swedish word essentially meaning not too much, not too little but just the right amount. Keep this term in the back of your mind as you’re switching your clothes. You may even consider starting a capsule wardrobe.
Related: Starting a Capsule Wardrobe
These are two simple ways to declutter your home this Spring even if you tend to hate and ignore the whole concept. The reason I never considered a major spring cleaning in our house, is because I was barely doing any regular cleaning. Wash curtains? How ‘bout I tackle the mountain of laundry first. Since I’ve been decluttering consistently for the past two years, I’m able to do a little more each Spring.
Declutter Your Home the Slow and Steady Way
If you’re interested in a FREE 7-day eCourse on decluttering, click HERE. It’s an email course that will help set you up for what I call “slow and steady” decluttering. Let’s remove the things that we aren’t using and don’t bring us joy so that maybe next Spring we can tackle those curtains!
Talk to me in the comments please:
What are some ways in which you declutter your home?