Millennium Mom

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Hi everyone.  Here is this month's Fox 19 segment on getting organized for the Spring.  Arnie and I have been doing a ton of cleaning up around the house . The first step was getting our carpets cleaned.  As you probably know, you have to get everything off the floor when the carpets get cleaned.  This forced us to ask ourselves and the kids "do we really need this?"  Most of the time the answer was "no" we don't and boxes and boxes of stuff was given away or donated.

The next step was the garage.  We started with the single garage, an easier first step.  I literaly took every thing off the walls, took shelving units away from walls and so forth.  Every wall was exposed and dusted down with Swiffer.  I then painted the walls and only put back what we actually used.  What a difference, we got rid of a ton and I can actually walk around my car without falling over nice.

I will move onto the mud room next.  Need to get winter boots out of reach and bring out the sandals.  First a stop at Home Depot to get a cabinet, as I am realizing that as the kids get older, shoes get bigger :)

Enjoy the tips.

How to get organized for Spring

Spring Cleaning – we have all heard the expression, but what does it really mean? We are not our mom’s generation, where you really took down all the curtains, washed all the baseboards, beat the dust out of the rugs and so forth. But it is a good idea to get organized for Spring. Unlike other season changes, spring really does require getting organized for. From outside your home with landscaping, to inside with mud dragging in and warmer weather clothes coming out to wear. Here are my top recommendations for how to get organized for Spring.

1. Purge, purge, purge. The weather and season change is a great time to purge. Clothes that no longer fit or are outdated, old toys, and anything you just don’t use anymore. Pack them up and take them to your local donation site.

2. Focus on one room at a time. Each weekend, pick one room and try to clean it up. We used the excuse of getting our carpets clean to really tackle certain rooms. Have your child help out if it their room, it simplifies things and gives you a helping hand.

3. Tackle your garage. Spring is really when everything comes out of the garage – from yard tools, to the lawnmower and kids bikes. Take the time to organize your garage top to bottom. I just painted mine to get it in good shape after a decade of abuse. It was amazing how many things got donated or thrown out when you take the time to go through them.

4. Transition the entry space. If the entry into the house is not organized, the mess flows into the rest of the house. The first thing you should do is to initiate a policy of taking all shoes off at the house entrance. This has tremendous effect on how clean the rest of the house is. Next take all winter coats, shoes, boots, scarves out to wash them and put into storage. Bring out the spring coats and shoes and while transitioning take time to wash down all floors, walls and bins.

5. File your papers. While we may say we live in a paperless society, with auto-pay online and so forth, somehow I still have a pile of papers in my office each month. Tax folder is the most important, but be sure to have your other files in order. The key is you know where it is, so figure out a naming system that works for you. Very important papers should go in a fire safe, like insurance, wills, stock information and so forth.

6. Don’t forget “life” when you organize. Daily life is busy these days, and while we get into a nice routine that gets the kids to their events on time, dinner on the table and the house somewhat neat, it is the other stuff that catches up with us. My way of keeping up with these items is a to do list. I make one for each weekend. If I don’t get it done on the weekend or can’t do to operating hours, I continue it during the week. This is how doctor appointments, getting the car washed, grocery shopping, planning vacations and more get done. A To Do list should be bring mental peace vs. seeming like a chore.


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