Clearing Away The Clutter

Right now my house looks like a bomb hit it (and last December it sure seemed like it did). In the last several months alone we had our thirty-foot elm tree fall over and uproot half of our front yard and a windstorm that tore the back patio to pieces. The inside of the house is just as bad since I still have holiday gifts sitting under my living room table and clutter has piled up in every square inch of free space. If I don’t take care of it soon I’m afraid my relatives might call that show Hoarders and have some sort of intervention.

Spring has sprung and it’s time to get the house back in shape. The yard, both front and back, are now put back in order. Sod has been installed and the exterior of the house seems whole again (and just plain clean). Seeing the house look good on the outside has motivated me to clear out and organize the interior. Time to take everything out and sort, trash and organize.

The first order of business is to clear out the clutter by getting rid of a lot old kids clothes and toys at consignment. Since my son goes up a size every few months I’ve accumulated tons of shirts, shorts, pants and shoes that he can’t wear. Toys pile up quickly too! I think I could supply Santa this Christmas with what I have squirreled away. At consignment, I’ll be able to get rid of my surplus, earn a few dollars, and make room for the items I actually need and use on a regular basis.

After I de-clutter the house, it’s time to clean. You know the kind of clean I mean – the kind where you move the big furniture into the middle of the room. It’s been a couple years since I’ve done it and boy does it need it. My favorite cleaning tool is my husband. Yes, my husband. I could name a dozen mops, brooms, dusters and solvents and nothing is as effective as having someone help with a task as large as this. When he helps clean it makes the work not only go faster, but better. Hubby actually does a better job of cleaning than I do most of the time, and the fact that he’s over six feet tall compared to my hobbit-sized 60″ height is a huge bonus. Bye-bye cobwebs in the corners of the room!

The final step is to get organized, the part I probably like the most. After organizing everything into new totes, boxes, bag and jars I feel like I’ve just conquered Everest. All shoes have their place, cupboards are neatly arranged so I can access items quickly, drawers actually have room to put clothes in them. This year I am hoping to get some really cool closet organizers I’ve seen and love. If only I could make enough from consignment to create one of those custom closets – that would be a dream come true!

With Spring already here, have you cleaned up your home? What are some of your favorite ways to get organized? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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