Spring Cleaning—For a Cause

It’s that time of year. Time to clean out your closets and head to the local thrift store.  We caught up with super lifestyle blogger Sarah Scoop and the team at Bee Organized to get their handy-dandy organizational tips.

First and foremost, it’s all about The Power Purge. (Say it with emphasis!) With the year we’ve all had—and lots of extra time at home—have you noticed piles here, stacks there and boxes of this and that strewn around? Here are a few questions the Bee Organized folks want you to ask yourself:

1) Does This Item Make Me Happy?
Many of us have heard Marie Kondo ask, “Does it spark joy?” Does it bring a smile to your face, give you a warm-fuzzy feeling? Yes? Then keep it!

2) Do I Use This Item on a Regular Basis?
By regular basis, we mean will you use it within the next year? If not, do you really need to hold onto it? Could you let it go and borrow it if, and when, the need arises?

3) Is This Item Valuable or Irreplaceable?
In this case, we are using the word valuable as a monetary term. Is this item worth a lot of money? (Or did you spend a lot of money on it several years ago?) If you don’t like it or won’t use it and want to hold onto it just because of the dollar value, it isn’t adding any to your life or space. When asking yourself if something is irreplaceable, consider whether you like or use the item even if it is allegedly irreplaceable.

Spring cleaning can make anyone feel overwhelmed. Here a few more helpful tips on tidying from lifestyle blogger Sarah Scoop.

1) Just. Start.
Cleaning, organizing, and decluttering can all seem overwhelming when we think spring cleaning. But it doesn’t have to be. Just don’t overthink it. Visualize how you want the space to look and keep that in mind while you’re working. Make a list and schedule spring cleaning into your week or weekend to make sure that it gets done. It’s so easy to put off that you just need to get started and make a plan.

2) Start Slow. Go One Room at a Time.
Don’t try to reorganize your entire home all at once. Start with one room at a time. If you feel like you don’t have enough time to dedicate to one room, start with one section of a room at a time. Set a timer for 15 minutes and see how much you can declutter in that time. You’ll be amazed how much more efficiently we can sort things when you’re up against the clock!

3) Make a Donation Pile. And Donate Accordingly.
More often than not we find ourselves with an abundance of items we have held on to but have no use for, and spring cleaning provides us the clarity to part with them. Be sure to make a donation pile to give your items second life.

This year why not take your unwanted items to the Spring Cleaning for a Cause clothing drive. When you donate your items will have a double impact, first by being recycled and second for every pound of items donated, Thrift World will make a donation to Community Services League. Drives are happening in Missouri this Saturday, April 10 and Kansas on Saturday, April 17. Learn more at https://fb.me/e/27AZPO1kv.