As winter melts into puddles of slush, tiny flower buds begin to emerge… Spring is nearly upon us and with spring comes spring cleaning! While spring cleaning may seem daunting at first, it can be made simple if you follow these tips:
Clean Your Windows
A simple wipe down of the windows will eliminate grime and dust that has built up in the winter months. With clean windows, more light will be able to enter the room and you will have a clearer view of the beauty unfolding outside as flowers begin to bloom!
Update Your Comforter
As the weather becomes warmer you will need less blankets to stay comfortable in bed. Remove any unnecessary throws or blankets from your bed and consider utilizing a lighter comforter for the spring months.
Get a Plant
Nothing says “spring” like a green plant or blooming flowers. Now that the dreary winter has passed, a little plant or some fresh flowers are the perfect addition to any space. If you do not have a green thumb, consider buying a little cactus or succulent! (Both are extremely low maintenance!!)
Last but not least, purge your belongings! If you have something that you no longer need, donate, pitch, or sell it! A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t used it in the past year, get rid of it! Someone else could be benefiting from an item that is just uselessly lying around your home.
Have fun transforming your space into a spring masterpiece!
The average household possesses many items that are versatile in use. Here are a few examples of items from around the house that can double as cleaning products. Many of these are natural alternatives to the average cleaning product.
White vinegar: This cooking product is a natural antiseptic. Use it on your salad or to sanitize surfaces and clean mirrors/windows without leaving smudges. White vinegar is an extremely common, safe, and natural product; perfect for everyday use!
Baking soda: Mix this with vinegar to clean tough stains out of the sink or sprinkle it on the carpet to absorb odors. Also, make a natural air freshener by placing some baking soda in a glass container and drop your favorite essential oil on top. This is the best alternative to sometimes harmful chemical air fresheners.
Nail polish remover: Nail polish remover works great to remove nail polish but it can also be used to remove spray paint and some types of wall paint. It can also help to remove some types of glue and hairspray residue on mirror surfaces. The acetone is potent so only a small amount is needed to for this product to be effective!
Coconut oil: Coconut oil is a staple in many households. It can be used in baking/cooking, moisturizing, and for cleaning purposes. The most common use in cleaning is on furniture and wooden floors. Simply apply a small amount to an exposed wooden surface and rub or buff the area with a rag to create a shiny, varnished look.
We spend a lot of time in our bedrooms; sleeping, watching Netflix, and doing homework are just a few of the activities that take place here. My philosophy is that if you spend a lot of time in a place, you should feel comfortable and enjoy that space! Simple steps can be taken to make a space more enjoyable and tailored to your taste.
Christmas style, LED, white lights create a whimsical feel in any room. Simply drape these over your headboard or window and immediately create light and elegance. These lights are perfect because they are neutral and minimalist in addition to tasteful!
Long, white, flowing drapes are functional and decorative. Adding these to a room will instantly add class in addition to blocking intrusive light at night.
Tasteful wall art is possibly the simplest way to update any room. Make or buy pictures, canvases, or paintings of Bible verses, scenes, and phrases that resonate with you and follow your room scheme.
Finding a beautiful jewelry box, tree, or set of hooks to perfectly display your jewelry collection is an inexpensive and practical means of decoration. This idea allows you to display some of your prized possessions in a way that is organized and beautiful.
Pillows, Bedspreads, and Throws
Your bed is probably the biggest and most central piece of furniture in your BEDroom. Simply changing the color and style of your pillows, bedspread, and throw blankets can help create an encompassing theme for the rest of your room. By updating this critical piece of furniture, your entire room can take on a new, fabulous look!
Instead of feeling like I was losing something, I trained myself to see the positive side. I was fortunate to have all that I needed and now I had the opportunity to give another little girl a gift that was result of my good fortune. This was the turning point for me. While it was a slow process getting to that point, as soon as I realized it I instantly had renewed zeal for cleaning out my numerous possessions. Giving away items that I no longer could use quickly became a rewarding process. Fast forward many years to present day and I still try to maintain that mindset when cleaning out my possessions. Along the way I have also developed a sense of economic and environmental responsibility. I pay for all of my worldly possessions aside from food and rent so I have learned not to waste money. Experiences are always WAY more personal when they are directly impacting you. In addition, I have come to realize how important it is to take care of Creation. This has motivated me to not waste and to be responsible when it comes to the gifts that have been given to me. Finally, I have a deeper understanding of who I am as a person. I don’t waste my time accumulating meaningless possessions when I know what really matters to me. I know my sense of style and I am significantly less attached to possessions as a whole. Organization is a big part of who I am as a person and the process of becoming organized has helped me to realize who I strive to become.
How did I get here? Hmm, that is a very good question with a complex answer. I am not entirely sure myself; I believe that it has something to do with my love for beauty, desire for orderliness, and attempts at environmental responsibility. When I was young, like third grade, I moved from my old house to my current house. As with any other normal moving process, there was lots of cleaning to do. I began to realize just how many possessions I had. My closet was bursting full of clothes, I was stashing old school papers on shelves, and I had a whole host of items that I didn’t even like thrown haphazardly around my room. Even worse, I found my room distasteful and stressful to be in. I was restless at night because I felt like I had no control over my life (which was quite clear given that my room was in shambles and I could never find anything). I finally decided to do something about it after being inspired by my friends’ clean rooms and some particularly horrible episodes of “Hoarders.” I began the long process of sorting and cleaning out. In the beginning it was quite difficult. I felt emotionally attached to EVERYTHING. Throwing away old, crumpled art projects was torture and I actually shed a tear after giving away some dresses that were way too small. As pathetic as that sounds, it really helped me to realize that I had to change my mindset. To be continued…
Memories are our greatest treasures. As organizing enthusiasts, holding on to items from our past can sometimes be cumbersome and unwanted. I am a firm believer in memory boxes, however. It is important to distinguish between “junk” and sentimental items. While it is okay to hold on to little trinkets that remind you of special times and events in our lives, it is crucial to remember that these things are not clutter and DO serve a purpose. As always, moderation is key. We want to have things to look back on as we age but these things should not rule our lives or overflow into all rooms of our house. A simple bin or box will do, limit yourself to this single space for all of your special items. As time progresses, contain all of your mementos in this precious box. Having a central place to contain all of your sentimental items will help you to keep inventory, remain organized, and stay clutter free. Memory boxes are so special, a single item from your past could spark hundreds of memories. One of the greatest gifts a parent could give their child is a collection of special items from their child’s past. This is a great gift to give your child around age twelve, allowing them the freedom to continue to add to their box as they grow older. Memory boxes are great for organizational and sentimental purposes. If you do not have one yet, I highly recommend that you create one. As always, happy organizing:-)
A new year means new opportunities to stay organized. If your resolution was to get organized and stay clean in 2017, this is the perfect opportunity for you to pick up some helpful tips.
My first tip is to make a calendar complete with the times and descriptions of events to come. This will help you to remember important dates and stay on time.
My second tip is to establish habits to stay tidy. Make your bed each morning and set aside a day of the week to do the dusting and another for the vacuuming.
Third, do a purge of your possessions to start off the new year. Donate or throw away items that you no longer need.
Fourth, find a system of organization that works for you and your possessions. This will help to insure that organizing becomes a second nature.
Another helpful tip is to find a system to monitor your finances. I know that I blogged about this at an earlier time, but it is so important! Keeping track of your spendings and earnings will help you to become more financially responsible.
Finally, be transparent with yourself. If your “organizing” consists of shoving things under beds and forcing closet doors shut, you aren’t doing it right! The best tip to stay organized is to keep the maximum amount of your possessions visible. If you are forced to constantly see your possessions, you will be more willing to let go of less desirable items that you have clung to (for no particular reason) in the past.
Start 2017 off strong, this is your year to get life organized! As always, happy organizing! 🙂