Preparations for Spring are in full force around my house, despite the fact that winter seems to want to hang around a lot longer than I deem necessary this year. I saw my first Daffodil flower a few days ago, so clearly Spring is coming. The trees are in full bloom, the grass is turning green again, more flowers are trying to add some color to my front lawn, my kids have outgrown their jeans, and my allergies are already starting up. These are all signs of Spring in my humble opinion. And you know what that means, right? Other than daily trips to the playground after school?
I admit to being one of those people who actually love to do Spring cleaning. There’s something about the smell of a freshly cleaned house and sunshine that speaks to my soul. I have a tried and true system for Spring cleaning. I utilize a one-bag-a-day system to get my house cleaned out. Each day I take one room and I fill at least one bag full of stuff to get rid of. Most of the time that one bag turns into three or four bags because once I start I just cannot stop. Cleaning out all the clutter not only helps me keep the house clean but it seems to refresh my moods just in time for warm weather.
One of the biggest jobs is organizing the closets. We are blessed to have fairly large closets in our house, but bigger closets also means more stuff. It’s easy to just shove things in the closet and close the door. Over the years I’ve made a real effort at keeping the closets cleaned out and organized. I have it down to a science now and I can get all 4 closets done in one afternoon now.
1. Remove anything stained, ripped, or outgrown. I keep a very small stack of clothes for outdoor play but the rest is bagged up.
2. Remove anything you have duplicates of- nobody needs 7 white tees in the same size. This year I found 6 pairs of black tights in one of my kid’s closets and she hasn’t worn tights in 2 years. Get rid of the excess.
3. Have your kids try on anything you are thinking of saving for next year. If it’s a little tight now then chances are it will be way too small next year. Bag it up. In my little kids’ closet I use a large tub to store their off season clothes. I limit it to one tub per kid and anytime I buy something on clearance for next winter I will pop it in the correct tub.
4. Have your kids try on anything you saved from last year. My kids love to play fashion show. I have them try on anything I saved in the tub from last summer. Anything too small gets bagged up and the things that still fit are hung. I don’t buy anything until all the existing clothes are tried on and I have a list of what is needed.
I do the same process in my own closet on a smaller scale. I weed through and pull out anything I haven’t worn in the past 2 years so I can donate it. I try on anything I’m unsure about and only keep the items I know I will wear. What good is having 52 short sleeve shirts when you only wear 9 of them? It’s clutter and I can’t stand clutter.
I love Spring. I adore the warm sunshine on my face, the birds chirping outside my window, the sounds of kids laughing in the yard, and seeing all my neighbors emerge from winter hibernation. The only thing that puts a crimp in my love of Spring is my seasonal allergies. It would be lovely to enjoy the warm weather minus the itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, persistent coughing and inevitable scratchy, dry throat which is why I am eager to try HALLS® Drops for some allergy relief this season.
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