It is officially spring, and we all know what that means… it’s spring cleaning season!  For some, this may be a favorite pastime.  For others, spring cleaning may elicit a response that can best be described as a whole lot of “ugh”. 

Oftentimes, the most challenging part of a project is simply starting it.  So where to begin with spring cleaning and organization?  While some professionals advocate for starting with a specific area or item (for instance, Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method focuses on starting with clothing), there is no right or wrong answer to this question.  We spoke with McKenzie Grubbs, owner of Neat Freak Professional Organizing Services here in Billings, who offered the following suggestions for getting started with this potentially-dreaded task:

Open your windows

If the weather is nice, start by opening some windows around your house to let the fresh spring air inside.  This will refresh both your home and your mood!

Focus on one area at a time

Have you ever started organizing your closet, then before you know it, you have piles of items from all over the house thrown into your living room haphazardly?  We’ve all been there.  It’s so easy to get either distracted or over-ambitious when starting an organizing project.  For the sake of not overwhelming yourself, try to stick with one area at a time - your living room and sanity will thank you.

Sort and discard items

In most cases, it is best to pull everything out of the area first.  This may seem like more work, but will actually save time and increase efficiency.  As you remove items, sort them into the following categories: keep, sell, donate, trash, unsure.  Depending on the amount of items being sorted, it may be necessary to sort “keep” items into appropriate sub-categories.  For items that you are unsure on, try putting those into a box with the date written on it.  After a year (or whatever amount of time you are comfortable with), discard anything in the box that you have not used during this time.

Clean, clean, clean

As you organize your home, don’t forget to clean in the process!  This is another reason why starting by pulling everything out of the area is always a great idea - this allows you to get into areas that might otherwise be difficult to access and give them a good scrub.  What good is a perfectly organized pantry if the shelves are still dusty or covered in Cheeto crumbs?

Even if you are somebody who enjoys cleaning, sometimes the work can feel endless.  That’s why we love cleaning schedules!  These handy checklists, which you can find for free on Pinterest, are organized into daily, weekly, monthly, and annual tasks to help you keep track of the chaos.  These are especially helpful for remembering those less-frequent, yet pesky tasks, such as washing your windows or scrubbing the baseboards.  Our favorite thing about these templates is that they can be adjusted to fit your own unique needs - just jot down any relevant tasks and add them to your own spreadsheet!

Choose your containers

While you may be tempted to go shopping for containers before you start an organizing project, try to resist this urge!  Once you have sorted the items that you are keeping, you will have a much better idea of how much/what kind of containers are needed.  Worst case scenario, you’ll buy a ton of containers that don’t work for your needs, resulting in more clutter to deal with.

If you are still in “ugh” mode, contact our Neat Freak McKenzie for help.  She is offering 20% off all organizing services now through March 31st.  Use code MODERNMT for an additional 10% off your purchase.


Happy spring/cleaning!

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