Simplify Your Home For Spring And Summer
Spring time is not only a good time for spring cleaning, but it’s a great time to get organized as well! You freshen up your home from the winter months all while freeing up space and getting prepared for the summer. If you are thinking of doing some spring cleaning around your home, give this 3 step process a try to simplify your space while you tidy up. The first day of summer is the 21st of June!
Simplify for Spring
There are a handful of times that lend themselves to being “a good time to get organized”.
Life transitions, seasonal changes, and moving to name a few are wonderful excuses to dig in and get some decluttering done. Spring time is upon us and, I don’t know about you, but for me, the sun and beautiful weather is a great motivator to take care of some things I’ve been putting off around the house.
Spring time is not only a good time for spring cleaning, but it’s a great time to get organized as well! You freshen up your home from the winter months all while freeing up space and getting prepared for the summer.
If you are thinking of doing some spring cleaning around your home, give this 3 step process a try to simplify your space while you tidy up. The first day of summer is the 21st of June!
3 Step Process to Simplify Your Home For Spring
There are 3 things you can do to start simplifying your home for the spring and prepare for summer.
Do a clean sweep
Make a plan
Implement these steps and include some of the ’Simple Spring Projects To Prepare For Summer" (listed at the bottom of the post) in your plan and you’ll be rockin' the Marie Kondo vibes you’ve been craving!
Step 1: Clean Sweep
Just by doing this one step, you will see a huge difference in how your home looks and how it makes you feel. It’s simple yet very impactful. Are you ready to freshen up? Here’s the rundown:
For the clean sweep you are going to, what I call, S.O.R.R.T. Save, Offer Up, Relocate, Recycle and Trash. If you haven’t checked out my S.O.R.R.T. system to begin any organizing project, check it out here. Using the whole system, focus most on relocating, recycling, and trash, and think of it as a speed round. Set up your boxes/bags/bins to put things in and you’re good to go. Ready?
Start at your front door and do a complete walkthrough of your home, room by room. Your goal is to clean off surfaces, relocate items, and purge what doesn’t belong super quick. It’s going to feel so good when you’re done!
Clean Sweep Tips:
Scan each room and only S.O.R.R.T. what is evident.
Make quick decisions
If there is any hesitation, move on. Don’t even think about it.
Set a timer if it will help you to move through quickly, 5 or 10 minutes per room should be enough time. Before going through the S.O.R.R.T. process, you’ll need a few things prior to getting started. Check out my post on how to S.O.R.R.T. here to make sure you’re all set to begin organizing.
OK, you’ve done your clean sweep.
You should now have a cleaner/tidier home just by doing this one step! If you have donations or items to remove, put them in your car right away or schedule a hauler to come and pick them up. You’ve spent time purging so you don’t want to create a new source of clutter.
step 2: Make a plan
Now that you’ve walked your home and eliminated all of the easy visual clutter, it’s time to make a plan of what you want to organize.
1. Create a list of what you want to do and ask yourself these questions:
What did I notice that bothered me?
How do I want to proceed?
What spaces need attention and in what order would I like them done?
What specifically do I want to do in each of these spaces?
Keep it simple. If it all seems overwhelming and you don’t know where to start because it all feels like a disaster, do a hierarchy.
What nags at you the most?
What spaces do you use most often?
What will make you feel accomplished if you do that one space?
Creating a hierarchy will help narrow things down for you and lead you in the right direction on where to begin.
2. Mark it to make it happen. No, really. Put it on your calendar.
It sounds silly, and you may hear this all the time, but there is good reason to schedule time on your calendar for organizing. If we don’t schedule time for ourselves it will never get done.
If it isn’t on the calendar, something else will take its place. As you’re scheduling your time, look at the spaces you want to tackle and the list of things you want to do. Be realistic with the time you have and how long it would take for each item and plug them in.
Be sure to allow time for set up, clean up and when you’ll be taking your donations. Remember you put them in the car at the end of of Step 1?
Step 3: Take action
If you don’t take action to conquer your clutter, it won’t happen.
Simplifying your space (even if it’s just the speed round of sorting) will give you a feeling of freedom and provide you with momentum to continue with your organizing projects.
If we don’t implement, we can’t succeed and I want you to succeed!! Honor the time marked on your calendar and get an accountability buddy if you need to (I just happen to know one. Give me a buzz, I’m just a phone call away!). You’ll feel so much better when you’ve started to make progress.
Simple Spring Projects To Prepare For Summer
Here is a list of projects to consider while you’re planning for summer to officially begin. Put these together with your simplifying plan and you’re set!
Gather up bug spray, sun tan lotion, towels etc.. and make a pool/beach bag with everything you need each time you go out for the summer.
Wash all of your coats/jackets/scarves and store them away.
Go through your children’s clothes and make sure they have summer clothing, bathing suits, etc… that will fit for the season and purge everything they have outgrown.
Begin planning summer activities early to maximize your fun time. Put all camps, travel, special holidays and appointments on the calendar.
Organize your closets to keep your wardrobe updated and your closet space tidy. If you want some tips, check out 5 easy steps here.
Freshen up your space by changing out accent pillows and tabletop accessories. Add some organic accents to bring the outside in.
Spring clean your home. Work one item at a time to relieve the stress of doing it all a at once. For example: all baseboards, all flooring, all light fixtures.
While spring cleaning, take note and stock up on surplus items you use regularly such as cleaning supplies and toilet paper.
Have a garage sale to remove everything you have purged in your speed round.
Create easily accessible space for bikes, lake and beach toys, travel items etc…
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