Happy Spring Cleaning!

organized closet

Who is thrilled that Spring is here besides me? I love spring so much because the weather is perfect (not too hot, not too cold, and usually sunny), people are in better moods, and the blooming flowers and trees are gorgeous!

I also love spring because it signals a new season of growth which makes me think of shedding anything old, worn out, or tired. I’m more excited about spring organizing than spring cleaning and I love anything that makes organizing easier.

I put together a list of 51 Things You Probably Have Too Much of and Can Get Rid of to help you (really me) purge the excess and stuff that is old, worn out and tired that you no longer need. Don’t let the long title scare you! Having a list to use makes your spring organizing work more focused and effective because you’re not just wandering through closets wondering what you’re looking for.

Go through the list of 51 Things You Probably Have Too Much of and Can Get Rid of and mark off anything that you were able to get rid of. There is nothing more satisfying than marking things off a list!

Oh, and remember that “getting rid of” can mean giving away, donating, recycling, or throwing away. Someone may need exactly what you no longer need so try to find a good recipient. Here in the Atlanta area, I love taking things to the Sandy Springs Recycling Center because they also have donation resources there. You can search for “recycling center” and your town or county name to find something similar in your area.

Happy Spring organizing!

Who is ready for some Spring Organizing?

Does the warmer weather make you want to put away all of your heavy sweaters, coats, and scarves?
Do you have the unexplainable urge to dump out your drawers and curate the contents?
Does file folding bring your warm fuzzies?
Have you been cleaning and putting up blankets and flannel sheets?

Are you feeling the Spring Organizing buzz? Ok, maybe that’s just me….

I love the change of the seasons and all the beautiful colors that Spring brings. I’m happy when Fall brings cooler weather and changing leaves and I also enjoy the cold and snow when Winter follows after. There is a season for everything and a time to enjoy whatever nature brings. It’s all going to change shortly anyway so soak it all in, whatever season it is.

When Spring comes around bringing warmer temperatures, I relish the natural inclination to spruce up my own house. The New Year’s phrase, “out with the old, in with the new” resonates strongly with me and I love helping other people do the same.

It’s not necessarily about throwing things away but rather putting away the seasonal things you don’t need right now. Having fewer choices actually makes your life easier because your brain doesn’t have to process all of the different options that your eyes see.

I like to call this curating your closet although it applies to any part of your home. Removing the distractions so you can see what’s essential, loved, needed, and used.

cu·rate2
ˌkyo͝oˈrāt,ˈkyo͝oˌrāt/
verb

  1. select, organize, and present (online content, merchandise, information, etc.), typically using professional or expert knowledge.

Did you know that we are naturally programmed to want to Spring Clean? No, seriously. In the Winter, when you spend less time outdoors and even less time exposed to light, your body produces more melatonin which tells you to sleep and stay inside.

As the weather warms up, and we spend more time outside, the melatonin production decreases so we become more energized. We have an innate desire to shake things up and peel off the heavy layers of winter.

Historically speaking, we would have opened the windows to clear out the dust and soot from our wood and coal burning fires and had to scrub the walls and ceilings. Fortunately, we don’t have to air our houses out in order to breathe or literally wash it top to bottom but it sure is nice to get that fresh air in.

If you’re not feeling the Spring Organizing buzz, let us help you out. Neatsmart is all about editing, curating, and creating the personalized system that makes your life easier. Give us a call if you’d like help with cutting your home for Spring.