Looking to do some spring cleaning this weekend? The Productivity Pro and Spokeswoman for Fellowes Brands Laura Stack is here to help! Check out her expert organizing tips below.
I have a 3-step method, which I call the Ready, Set, Go Formula. The first step is being ready to tackle the clutter. Label five large boxes: Put Away, Give Away, Store Away, Shred, and Trash. Then, select an area to organize. The second step is to set a plan in place to stay productive as you clean all year long. For example, anything that goes together — such as holiday decorations — should be stored together. The last step is to let go of all the clutter. Throw away trash, donate items to charity, put items in storage, and shred.
Spring clean your home with Laura Stack's tips. Note: This is a stock image. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
If you keep things organized from the get-go, it’s not as difficult to do a last minute clean sweep. Find attractive boxes, baskets, toolboxes and totes to organize common items such as batteries, make-up, tools, cleaning supplies or gift-wrap. Use duffel bags to store sports equipment — one sport per bag per person. This way, you have pretty storage solutions that you don’t mind keeping out when guests arrive. Remember, tackling the clutter from the start prevents spending more time later in the year doing last minute organization scrambles and throwing all your clutter in a closet.
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Don’t view spring cleaning as an all-day task. Take an hour here and there to get the job done over several weekends. When you’re ready to begin, set your timer for 50 minutes. When it buzzes, use the last ten minutes of your organization session to handle the boxes: put things away, place charity items in the car, put items in storage, shred and toss out the trash. Also, be sure to select an area, such as a drawer, desk, or room to organize first. Concentrate on organizing one area at a time. If you don’t focus, you’ll end up with multiple “half-organized” areas.
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