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Beginner's Guide to Spring Decluttering and Organizing.

Getting your home ready for spring cleaning is no easy task. But before you start, it's important to create a plan for each area of your home. You can't really clean and wipe down dusty surfaces when your counters are cluttered with trinkets or products. You are not really cleaning a home when it is full of clutter. You will ensure success, by creating a plan to tackle each room and breaking up the tasks into manageable steps.

Cleaning your home is easy only after you have removed all the clutter, but by doing it room by room, you’ll have a better chance of getting it done. What should you include in your plan? A plan should include the following steps: Decide what to keep, what to donate, and what to toss. I suggest you create your own spring cleaning to-do list, taking these three steps for each room. Here are the steps you will take for each room:

Decide which rooms you will work on first

Which room will you tackle first? Maybe there is a guest coming to stay soon and you’ll need the extra bedroom. So pick a space that is completely available to start working on, or even pick one that is in dire need of organization.

Create a timeline 

It can be helpful to set goals for how much you want to accomplish each day or week. This will help you stay on track and make steady progress toward a clutter-free home. Think about what your schedule looks like and decide how much time you can dedicate to your spring cleaning campaign.

Go room by room 

Describe each room’s current condition and describe how you would like to see it. Imagine how it will function for you. The following list has the general rooms in the average home, but you may want to add or remove any rooms if you need to.

Dining Room
Living Room
Master Bedroom
Second Bedroom

Remove the clutter

Start by editing and removing those items that you don’t need or want from each room. Take away anything you know you don’t want anymore. Toss or recycle what you can’t repair or use any longer. Donate anything that can be useful to others.

Put like items together

Now that you’ve removed the excess from each room, work with what you have left and put like items together. Once you know how much you have, you’ll be able to find a place to store everything.

Organize and find a home for everything

When you've made a decision on what you’re keeping and what you're storing, you can get to the final phase and store your items.

Get the right container

Another important aspect of organizing is finding the right storage solutions for the items you’re keeping. This might mean investing in new storage containers, shelves, or other organizational tools that will help you keep everything in its place.

Use a spring, decluttering, and organizing checklist

To help you stick with a plan, I created a checklist and planner. Just download it, print it, and use the checklist to help you stay on track. Mark off each of the rooms as you complete them.

Remember, decluttering, organizing, and cleaning for spring is a process that takes time and effort, but the end result is a relaxed, tidy, organized, and hopefully happy space. So don't be afraid to take it one step at a time and appreciate your progress along the way.

Click for your checklist Print out your Spring Decluttering, Organizing checklist


Blog post by Elizabeth Lulu Miranda: Lulu has been working as a home and office organizer in Chicago for over 15 years. She brings new perspectives on how to have an organized life. Writing for the Mercury Organizing blog “Create the Flow" and her personal blog “What would Lulu Do?"