Ahh, Spring. The time for pastel colors, little fluffy bunnies and fuzzy yellow chicks, floral dresses, and great weather. If you’re a pessimist, it’s the time for allergies, the dreaded countdown to bathing suit season, and time to do a little spring cleaning.
Can I be honest with you? Cleaning is not my forté. Spring cleaning, which to me implies some sort of deep cleaning, is almost a comical concept to me. As a matter of fact, several years ago I hired someone to help me do my spring cleaning - not because I’m incapable but simply because it gave me the added push that I needed to actually get it done. I like to think of it as motivation by being held accountable (by some person that I barely know who is judging my every piece of junk that I’ve managed to hoard over the winter). It makes me feel guilty enough to throw it all out.
I’m like the pack-rat’s long-lost cousin.
However, I do have a few organizational tendencies in my body (some people call it OCD, I prefer tendencies - it’s softer) and while I may hoard some things throughout the winter, I feel really good about purging all of the unnecessary things once spring rolls around. However, since spring cleaning is not my thing, though I find it to be a necessary evil (and I do mean EVIL), I thought I would share with you my list of things that make spring cleaning fun...ok, maybe fun is overreaching...er...bearable.
Things that make me feel good about spring cleaning:
1) Buying all sorts of fun bins and containers to organize toys, clothes, etc. Last spring I even bought a bin that I devoted exclusively to storing all of my clutch purses. It made me feel good. Bonus points if you get said “bins and containers” on sale.
2) Sorting through my closet and donating gently worn clothing (ie that hot pink sparkly dress with the ruffle neckline) to a worthy cause, like Goodwill, which helps thousands of Americans find jobs each year.
3) The excuse to wear a red handkerchief in my hair and sing into the handle of my mop. Also, gratuitous use of the phrase “Get er done!”, which is probably highly inappropriate, but I’m ok with that.
4) The smell of clean linen that permeates my house. I always marvel at how it happens - I don’t even have a linen closet!
5) Getting rid of anything in my closet that I haven’t worn in two years, as well as some of the things that I have worn that I probably shouldn’t be wearing in public. Like, ever. I don’t care if it is laundry day. Super-soft and comfy McDonald’s t-shirt...I’m talking to you.
6) Buying chic folders to organize all of my paperwork from the previous year, and attempting to prepare to keep my information for the current year’s taxes in order before I visit my accountant the following April.
7) An excuse to use my Dymo Labelmaker. Why yes, I can clearly see that what is in the clear box is panties and socks, but the label “Panties and Socks” so neatly placed in the center makes me feel really good every time I go to grab a new pair. It’s the little things.
So those are a few of my tricks to make getting organized enjoyable every Spring. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go try and catch the garbage truck before they haul away my favorite t-shirt. Some things just have to be sacred.