- Make a detailed plan about what you want to accomplish. It will change as more things come up when you are moving forward, but that’s ok. You’ll be able to handle them when in the flow and determined. Be practical: don’t overestimate (or underestimate) how much you can manage in a certain time frame.
- Include time for rest and relaxation.
- Keep in mind when cleaning: start at the deepest and highest inside, and gradually move outwards.
- Are you sure you are using storage space to the max, without looking cluttered? Or can you add more shelving or furniture that can hold more items?
- The kitchen, the bathroom, the home office, the hobby nook storage solutions need to be taken into consideration.
- Are you keeping clothes, shoes for the current season in the mudroom/at the entrance?
- Do you still need everything you are storing in the garage, attic, basement? (What if your daughter isn’t into jumping rope anymore, and your son is more into swimming than football? Give away equipment that they don’t use.)
- For a relaxing feeling, avoid clutter at all costs! Enjoy space, and better energy flow.
- The less things are on the floor, the more your abode -and you- can breathe.
- Furniture pieces that you find too blah could be repainted or reupholstered for a fresh look.
- Do you want to send a different message with the color of your front door? A coat of paint will take care of that.
- It’s high time you tend to the outdoors as well: the deck, the furniture, the grill, the window screens.
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- Make decluttering a major part of your spring-cleaning mission. Decide: keep/give away/throw away.
- Everything that you are keeping needs a place, so your storage solutions may need to be reconfigured.
- Old magazines, junk mail, unnecessary plastic/paper bags, expired makeup, empty tubes/bottles…etc. Manuals of equipment you don’t have anymore. Tons of fridge magnets. Keys to locks that were changed. Ancient business cards. Dried out pens. Broken and cannot be repaired? — You know where they belong!
- Knickknacks you are bored of. Items you bought or received as gifts, but you don’t like and don’t use them. (Like that ridiculous sweater…) Give them to charity. Someone might treasure and enjoy them.
- Take the time to deal with the “miscellaneous”: coins, buttons, batteries, rubber bands, pins…etc.
- Dust the ceilings, walls, moldings, lights, ceiling fans. (Have the windows open.)
- Spot clean painted walls, if needed. Or breathe new life into them by repainting and changing wall décor for a more uplifting vibe.
- Deep clean carpets, area rugs.
- Turn your mattress over, vacuum it, and sanitize with disinfectant spray.
- Clean your throws and pillows and change your color story for lighter/brighter for the spring and summer.
- Clean cabinets, countertops, surfaces, doors, doorframes, knobs, the inside of your fridge.
- Don’t neglect the appliances. Clean your vacuum, washing machine, dryer, microwave…etc. And even the cleaning supplies cabinet.
- Wash the windows, dry clean the curtains.
- Go through bedlinens and towels.
- Roam through your wardrobe and try on clothes to see if they still fit. (Hmm. Perhaps time for really taking advantage of that gym membership.)
- Reorganize for the season. Off-season clothes should be washed or dry-cleaned and stored in plastic containers and garment bags.
- Be mindful about buying new pieces.
- Keep only good quality hangers and recycle wire hangers.
- Remember to wipe the inside of all the closets.
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- Wipe the leaves of your plants carefully with a damp cloth.
- Have wonderful bouquets of fresh flowers around to make your heart sing!
- Apply the principles of Feng Shui. Choose colors, materials, shapes, patterns considering the 5 elements, yin-yang balance, and the Bagua areas.
- Reinforce your Feng Shui cures if you have them in place already.
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Julianna Kocsis is a Feng Shui Specialist, Organizational Expert, Intuitive Vibrational Catalyst, Textile Design Archivist. She is also the founder of Talila Consulting. Bringing Order and Harmony to your Home, Work and Life.