Let’s face it, the majority of us can do without this lovely chore but we know that it has to get done right? The second part of it is referred to as spring cleaning which we all know is the time of year to go through everything you own and get rid of and/or donate items that you are no longer using or discard broken items that you should have brought outside for bulk trash.
Well earlier this year, I went through all of my belongings in the basement. I also had my son sort through his bins and discard and/or donate anything that he no longer wanted to keep. I went through my Christmas decorations and threw away all of the broken ornaments with the intention of purchasing new ornaments this holiday season.
I then started going through all of my kitchen cabinets. I sorted through the pantry and threw away any expired food cans, half eaten cereals that have not been touched and organized whatever was left so that everything would be easier to find. I continued onto the cabinet which contained my cookware and sorted through all of the plastic food storage containers.
I threw away all of the old ones that have been used to reheat food too many times and if a container did not have a lid, in the trash it went. I went through all of our water bottles. I can’t even begin to tell you exactly how many we had gathered from sporting events so I kept the newer ones and the rest were discarded. In my mind, there was just no need to have so much stuff.
Throughout the year, I continued cleaning various areas of my home and decided to part with items that I hung onto for far too long. I read in a magazine that if an item has not been used in six months to a year, it was time to let it go. I did a blog post a few months ago about learning when it’s time to let things go. From that moment, when I come across something that I know I have not used, in the trash it goes without hesitation or regrets.
While watching some YouTube videos recently, I came across several cleaning and organizational videos on the channel titled “How Jen Does It.” Her name is Jen as you can see from the title. She provides tons of very helpful cleaning/organization tips and suggestions for almost every area of your home. She also has shares recipes, clothing and grocery hauls.
She lists her cleaning routines in full detail and explains why it is helpful to do so many things in a particular way in an effort to start a routine and stick with it. If you have never watched her videos, you should check them out because she is really awesome. After watching approximately twenty videos, I made a list of things that I wanted to do around the house based on her ideas / suggestions. Last weekend, I went through my house and gathered items that I could reuse for storage. I also went to my local dollar store and picked up a few more things. The first thing I did was organize the cabinet underneath my kitchen sink. I didn’t do exactly what she did in regards to labeling the storage bins that she used but I definitely used her concept as to how she kept things organized.
The only thing that I did differently was keep my bathroom cleaning products in the same cabinet on the opposite side of my kitchen cleaning supplies simply because I do not have another cabinet closer to the bathroom to store them in.
To watch Jen’s video: Dollar Tree Organization | Under the Kitchen Sink
The next thing I did was go through my makeup and nail polish collections. I went through all of my makeup products and discarded whatever I no longer used and/or anything that I knew was old and needed to be thrown away. Because I only kept the actual makeup that I do use on a daily basis, I got rid of the big makeup storage unit that I had on my dresser and purchased a smaller clear acrylic organizer.
Then I went through all of my nail polishes. For a person who does not polish her nails often, I definitely had far too many bottles therefore it was time to purge. I discarded about twenty old ones and about 10 colors that I knew I would never wear again. I threw away any old nail tools such as nail files, cuticle removers, etc. I organized all of the remaining polishes by brand and now they all fit comfortably in a small shoe box sized clear container.
My makeup collection which consists of only my essentials
To watch Jen’s video: Makeup Clean Out and Organization | 15 Minute Declutter Session
The last area that I tackled was my laundry area which is located in the basement. I wiped down the tops and sides of the washing machine and dryer. I discarded any lint that was hanging around. I purchased some plastic cabinet liners and I put one on the top of the dryer to keep the dryer from getting so dusty again. All of my detergent bottles fit perfectly in a bin that I already had and I added a small garbage can for lint.
To watch Jen’s video: Laundry Room and Storage Zone Cleaning | Spring Cleaning
While I am home during the upcoming Christmas break, I will go through a few more areas of my home to see what else I can discard, find a new home for, reorganize and more. The way I see it is that the more I do now, the less I will have to do when the spring comes around again.
Now it’s my turn to ask you a couple of questions. What time of year do you typically “spring” clean your home? Do you have any tips / tricks to help declutter and/or reorganize our belongings? I’d love to hear any suggestions you may have that could help myself and my readers. I’d really appreciate it and can’t wait to read your comments.
Until next time…. Happy Cleaning!