It’s that time when the sun is out, and everyone just wants to be out of the house after winter. But during the winter and spring, it’s harder for most people to keep the clutter out and clean the house, especially some of the outdoor areas of our home.
While we all want to spend our summer playing, it’s a necessary time to clean out specific areas of your home and declutter – while the weather is nice! The good news is that it doesn’t have to take days or weeks. Doing just a little bit each day can have your home back in order and spruced up!
Consider Decluttering Your Home Regularly
While we want to be able to de-clutter our home in just one day, the fact is that maintaining a clutter-free home isn’t a one-time event, mainly because each member of the family is bringing new items into the house every single week, if not daily.
Decluttering needs to be a recurring event – like doing the laundry, washing the dishes, and cleaning the floors. However, it can be helpful to use the warmer season temperatures to de-clutter, get outside and use a larger space to help organize and plan things like a garage sale or create a box of items for a donation center for the things you choose not to keep.
Where Do You Start with Summer Decluttering and Cleaning?
A list is one of the easiest ways to get started on a task. Here are some ideas of areas that are easier to clean and declutter when the weather is warm:
- Outdoor furniture/your patio
- School papers and artwork from the school year
- Summer clothes for everyone in the family
- Your coat closet from the winter months
- Your winter wardrobe
- The garage or outdoor storage area
- Your car
- A grill and its supplies
This list might seem overwhelming, but the best approach is to declutter slowly. It can get overwhelming if you try to do too much too fast. The more intentional you are, the easier you will adapt to a more clutter-free life in general.
Keep This in Mind as You Start
One of the biggest ideas to remember when decluttering is considering the things you have as tools for living. Most things are there to help make your life easier. You might have a few items that you treasure and would like to keep, but if something isn’t working for you, it will only become clutter, making your home much harder to keep clean.
Here is another tool to help you figure out what should stay and what should go – print out this summer decluttering checklist to keep you on track.
On a practical level, try to put aside around thirty minutes a day to begin decluttering. First, make sure you have a bag for trash and boxes for donation items. Then pick an area to start decluttering. Once the space is decluttered, it only takes a few minutes to clean!
As you de-clutter, keep making decisions about what you need instead of working to make more space for the things you already have. Now is the time to part ways with some things that aren’t useful to you and take up too much room.
Once You DeClutter, Cleaning Becomes So Much Easier
Sometimes we avoid cleaning because we don’t realize that we are including decluttering into our cleaning routine. If we can see these as two distinct tasks, it becomes much easier to clean your home.
Once your home is de-cluttered, you are not cleaning “around” your stuff. Instead, you can simply clean the items that are useful to you and create a system to keep de-cluttering and cleaning throughout the year.
There are times that our homes simply do not have the space needed to store the things we need and the items that hold sentimental value to us. That’s when it can be helpful to find a storage unit with extra space to keep those things organized that would make your home cluttered.
Let Lock and Leave Storage Help You Declutter Your Home
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