Spring is quickly approaching. Along with it comes the anticipation of fresh air, trees, flowers in bloom, and a sense of renewal. Getting organized and doing a bit of Spring cleaning helps to bring that wonderful fresh feeling into your home and into your office.
Here are a few steps to help make the process a little easier.
Assign different tasks for each day. Create a schedule that comprises one hour and one task for each day. It will amaze you how much progress you can make by following this simple plan. Breaking down any large task into small steps helps keep you from feeling overwhelmed. Don’t have an hour? 30 minutes will make a difference as well!
Eliminate distractions. Silence notifications on your electronic devices. Devote this time to the task at hand. Check email and social media only when you have finished the task.
Try to make your Spring cleaning and organizing fun. Listen to music, or audiobooks, or ask a friend to join you (you can help him/her in return).
Open your windows. If the temperature permits, open windows and blinds while you are working. The fresh air and sunshine will energize you and leave your home smelling like Spring.
Be ruthless when decluttering. If you don't love it, need it, or use it, it's clutter. Create more space, simplify, and let the excess go. Less clutter equals less stress and more time!
Donate, recycle, or sell what you don’t use. Some local charities will let you schedule a pickup if you have larger amounts of donations. You can sell more valuable items on Craigslist, eBay, or Facebook Marketplace. Keep in mind that your time is valuable too, therefore donating is often the most cost-effective choice.
Enjoy the weather. To help break things up, head outside on warmer days to work on projects in the yard or the garage.
Reward yourself. After completion of a project, reward yourself with one of your favorite activities. No, retail therapy does not apply! 😊