Spring Cleaning: How To Clear Out Your Home

Doing that long-delayed spring clean of your house is a daunting task, but as more and more unused or unwanted objects pile up, choking up your home and depriving you of space, perhaps it’s time to finally tackle all that clutter and free up space in your home.

Put A System In Place

Before you begin your big clean out, decide on a system. It’s all well and good sorting through everything that has accumulated over the years, but if you haven’t got a disposal system in place, you’ll just end up rearranging the clutter without solving the problem. The clutter in your home can be divided into four main categories: items you can donate to charity, items you can sell (online or at car boot sales, which are becoming increasingly popular), items you can throw out (general rubbish or recycle), and items to be put into storage. Remember that you’re trying to clear out the clutter, so avoid putting too much in storage as you could end up just moving the clutter from one place to another.

How To Begin

Start your spring clean with one room and don’t move onto the next until you’re finished. This allows you to take your time with a room, as the cleaning effort is self-contained and can be shut away when you have other things for doing by simply closing the door of the room. When you start cleaning a room, deal with the big items first before moving onto the smaller knick-knacks and trinkets. Decide what you want to keep, what can be donated to local charity shops and what can be thrown in the skip.

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If you don’t use it, get rid of it!

Be ruthless. If you don’t use it, don’t like it or if it’s broken, you don’t need it, so you can get rid of it. All those domestic appliances you never use – that waffle-maker, the juicer – should be donated. These often sit in your kitchen cupboards for months and years without seeing any use, taking up space. Someone else might actually get some use out of them, so if you’re not using them, donate them. The same goes for exercise machines. They sit, gathering dust, taking up space, mocking us, so why not just give them away?

Of course when it comes to cleaning out your kitchen, throw out anything that has expired, as well as those things that have sat in the back of the freezer for years now. If you haven’t eaten them yet, likelihoods are you’re not going to!

It may take some time and effort, but you’ll be surprised by how much space you can free up by clearing out your house, making it a more comfortable and more attractive space to live in.

This article was written by homemaker Frances O’Halloran on behalf of a company specialising in skip hire, Dublin.

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