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Spring Cleaning Tips You Can Do At Home, Right Now!
Social Distancing-Friendly Spring Cleaning and Decluttering Tips
Many of us are staying home right now and practicing social distancing. While watching TV shows and snuggling up with your family might keep you busy for a few days, you might begin feeling bored and restless soon. Turn that boredom into something positive and start your spring cleaning project right now!
A clutter free, organized home will have you feeling recharged, less stressed, and motivated. You can even make some money on the side by selling old items you no longer need! Plus, if you’re one of many Americans spending thousands on self-storage each year, you can cut costs drastically by switching to portable storage.
Let’s take a look at how you can use this time to start a deep clean in your home and turn an uncertain situation into a positive situation! Plus, with the power of portable storage, you can make use of a storage unit without any human contact!
Go from Room to Room, Small Spaces to Big Spaces
Once you start decluttering, it’s best to focus on only one room at a time, starting from small spaces to bigger ones. The exception would be larger rooms with few items in it. For example, if your living room is fairly minimalist already but your small bedroom is packed with items, get the living room done first. Have your vacuum, broom, and some basic cleaning supplies handy so you can clean the floors, wipe down cabinets and counters, and clear up any cobwebs and dust bunnies.
Begin each room by starting in the smallest areas and working to the bigger ones. This means start with the closest and dressers in your bedrooms or the cabinets and drawers in your kitchen. Finish up a room completely before moving onto the next, including deep cleaning areas that are easy to miss. This is the most efficient way of decluttering as well as cleaning.
For example, before moving on from the kitchen to the dining room, run a hot water cycle through your dishwasher with only a cup of white vinegar on the top shelf. Similarly, you can run white vinegar through your washing machine, as well. Run these cycles and continue cleaning for maximum efficiency!
Social Distancing Is The Perfect Time to Use These Decluttering Tips
When was the last time you cleaned every room in your home? Or the last time that you cleaned your ceiling fans, or your medicine cabinet, or any of the small areas of your home that are easy to miss? To keep yourself from feeling overwhelmed, create a plan of action on a room-by-room basis. Decide what you want to keep in storage, what you want to donate, and what you’ll be throwing away.
Next, collect trash bags, boxes, and your cleaning products. As you go through each room, use boxes for ‘Donate’ items, and boxes and/or bins for your ‘Keeps’ to go in your portable storage container. You might want to use old used boxes for the ‘Donate’ items so you can simply hand over the whole box to the donation facility.
Once you’ve set aside the items that will be leaving your home, clean up the areas where they used to be. Grab paper towels, a spray bottle full of all-purpose cleaner, and begin wiping down the areas that haven’t been getting much love over the years. You should also have a microfiber cloth on-hand for more sensitive areas, such as TV/computer screens.
This is also a great time to take stock of your cleaning products and what you do/don’t need. Many of us have a host of cleaning products underneath our sinks that never get used. For example, under my sink, I have at least three different brands of dish soap. Sometimes all you need is some warm soapy water instead of an expensive cleaning agent!
Trust us, once you’ve decluttered and deep cleaned, you’re going to have a whole new appreciation for your home!
Quick Tips Out for Figuring Out if an Item is Keep, Donate, or Trash
‘Keep’ items should be those that you aren’t using on a daily basis but would like to hang on to in your portable storage container. Home decor and furniture you plan on using later are ‘Keeps’. Sentimental items may also fall here, especially those priceless gifts or family heirlooms.
‘Donate’ items are those that you no longer need, but are still in good enough shape that someone else can use it. You might also create a separate ‘Sell’ pile which you’ll add more valuable donatable items to. If you haven’t used the item in the last 6 months, you should think about donating or selling it before storing in your portable storage container.
‘Trash’ items are anything you don’t want that’s in poor shape. These items probably aren’t worthy of being donated and could simply be tossed away. Be sure to keep recyclables separate, however!
Leave the Tough Stuff for Last (Sentimental Items)
As you’re working on decluttering and spring cleaning, you’re probably going to come across certain items that have some sentimental attachment to them. Sometimes these items are an obvious ‘Keep’, but for other items, you might be torn between keeping it or donating it. Set these items aside until the room is done.
Once the room is done you might find that you can more easily make a decision about the item. If you’re still torn you can use Marie Kondo’s idea of holding the item, looking at it, and asking yourself if it brings you joy (or any kind of positivity). If the item doesn’t really speak to you as something you can’t be without, it’s probably best to donate it.
Sell More Valuable Items With a Virtual Garage Sale
After you’ve finished a room and you have your pile of ‘Donates’, it’s time to decide which should be away and which can be sold. Inexpensive items or those with some wear might be best to be giving away to your local Goodwill or otherwise donated. Furniture and more valuable items can be sold so you can recoup some money.
As we all practice social distancing, holding a garage or yard sale would be an unwise choice. Instead, create a virtual garage sale by posting your items online. Use your phone to snap pics and post ads up on popular listing sites such as Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, Offer Up, or Let Go.
Label Boxes and Bins So They’re Easy To Find Later
A big mistake is throwing your ‘Keeps’ into a box without any sort of labeling or indication of what’s inside. This is going to make portable storage a pain since you won’t know which box you’re looking for when you do need it.
Before you seal up any boxes or bins, label them with the room they go in. Better yet, label by room and by contents. This is easy enough to do by simply writing some main items inside the box on each box. You don’t need a thorough list, just basic indicators so you know which box belongs where.
Cool Box Portable Storage Makes Decluttering and Storage Easy
Cool Box portable storage units are a useful tool when it comes to spring cleaning. Cool Box offers a unique experience that requires zero human contact, so you can still get a Cool Box and fill it all while respecting social distancing guidelines.
You can use your Cool Box as a way to store important items without them cluttering your home or garage, or you can use Cool Box to move your belongings into a new home! Or both! You also have the option to keep your Cool Box unit at your home or at their facility for no additional rental cost, depending on how quickly you need access to your belongings.
Cool Box portable storage container prices are less expensive than most self-storage facilities, plus they will meet or beat comparable quotes from other portable storage companies. Cool Box’s insulated storage units also come in 3 convenient sizes so you never feel like you’re overpaying for a ‘too-big’ container.
Decluttering your home takes time, but the effort you put in will be rewarded with a tidier, roomier home that you can feel at peace with. Utilizing a Cool Box portable storage container for spring cleaning will streamline your project and allow you to store those must-keep items affordably and safely, without relying on expensive self-storage complexes.