Daylight Savings Time Means Spring Cleaning is Here!

Daylight Savings Time is here and that means more daylight and it also means a great time to get a jump on spring cleaning and get organized.

Some of us are blessed with the gift of organization. Things can be in the right place at the right time. Then there are the rest of us who can’t seem to find a way to store all of the “stuff” we collect. Stacks and piles of books, papers, DVD’s and countless other objects seem to appear out of nowhere throughout our homes.

So how do those of us not naturally gifted with the ability to put everything in its right place avoid building skyscrapers of clutter? Well it’s much easier than you think. Just follow the simple tips below and you should see instant results in reclaiming back your space.

For starters a general reworking of your storage spaces – such as closets, garages, attics, and basements. One thing to realize is that people who are more organized generally do not amass collections of useless materials.

It’s easy to attach meaning to various objects, but are you really going to ever get any use out of them? The first step in getting organized should be to throw out or recycle all your items that have essentially no practical use. If you absolutely can’t part with memorabilia then at least pack it up in a box so it can be stored more easily.

After this, fully clear out the spaces you wish to organize. Then, make a list of everything you need to store. This will help you formulate a better plan of attack when you put everything back into the space. If you’re looking to upgrade a closet, garage, or other space, check your local hardware store for  ideas, such as shelving, cabinets, and other organizing systems. You don’t have to hire an expensive professional to do it for you, simply knowing exactly how you want to set up a space and asking an employee at the store should help you get the exact materials you need.

Professionals say the key to proper organization is to use vertical space wisely. Especially in basements and garages, vertical space can be used to hang a variety of objects (such as tools and sporting equipment), thus reducing the amount of clutter on floor space. Don’t be afraid to consider utilizing ceiling space for lighter storage.

For closets, keep your most worn clothing in easily accessible locations, with some open space for future purchases. Pack shoes and other clothing that is rarely used in stackable containers to remove clutter. As a general rule of thumb, give any clothes that you have not worn in the past 6 months away as charity donations.

In the end, proper organization is all about removing from your life the useless clutter that you collect. Doing this, and taking full advantage of all the space available to you (even if it means getting a little creative), will help you to  recapture that lost sense of order in your home.

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