By Yasmine Zapp
Spring has sprung, and that means time to take advantage of the warming weather, and take out the trash.
To you get motivated, here are a few helpful tips I’ve picked up over the years.
- Don’t get overwhelmed. Start in one room and finish it before you think of moving onto another.
- Take a good look inside your closet. Hold up that article of clothing ask ask yourself, “did I wear this once last year”? If not, reach for some Space Bags–they’re amazing for closets of every size, but especially small ones!
- When looking through your kids toys remember that less is more. No child needs a billion loose pieces. Create different bins of “keep, donate, and toss”. If you belong to a local gym with a babysitting room, they would be grateful to have the toys.
- When going through the bathroom, carefully check the expiration dates on the medication bottles. If you aren’t taking the medications regularly, properly dispose of them. If your prescriptions have long fancy names, look them up on WebMD, and write the “common” name on it so there’s no confusion.
- Tackle that garage with the whole family. Get rid of unused parts and mystery items that just don’t seem to belong to anything. Who knows, you might even be able to fit that car in it’s home. Afterwards you can reward the whole gang with a fun night of pizza and movies.
- Got gutter clutter? Now is a great time to clear out those gutters and keep everything clean and flowing. It doesn’t take very long to do and you’ll save a pretty penny if the service guys don’t have to help.
- And finally, have a YARD SALE that will make your neighbors jealous. Plan ahead of time and be the savvy sales person you know you can be. Set a price for each item but be flexible. Remember that you want it out…not back in. As a back up, call a local donation place and ask them to pick up your leftovers the moment that the sale is over. Habitat for Humanity or Salvation Army are some good options. It’s tax-deductible and you will feel good knowing that you’re helping someone else.
Ready, Set, Go…Clean!