Done correctly, spring cleaning shouldn’t be about cleaning alone. Otherwise, the job will only grow more and more difficult from one year to the next – unless, of course, you do some simultaneous purging.
Most people get a headache just thinking about getting rid of seldom or never used “stuff” because they don’t know where to begin. But now, you’re in a better place because we’re going to point you in some bountiful directions where we’re confident you’ll find plenty to purge. And by doing so, you’ll have that much less stuff to move out of the way the next time the cleaning bug comes calling.
1. Financial Documents & Old Mail – Neatly file your tax returns, deeds, leases, insurance papers and any other important documents in a safe, organized place. Run everything else through the shredder and into the recycling bin. To help keep things organized moving forward, sign up for electronic billing and statements and download those documents to a file on your hard drive.
2. Old Clothing – If you haven’t worn it in a year, chances are you never will. So, if you’re cramped for closet space, now’s the time to thin out your wardrobe and donate what you select to a family in need or local non-profit organization.
3. Make-up and Grooming Supplies – Many grooming and make-up items have a shelf life of about a year. So, if you have old lipsticks, eye shadow, and other items that are past their prime, it’s time to kiss them good-bye. While you’re at it, get rid of those old lotions and decorative soaps that you never use but can’t seem to part with for sentimental reasons.
4. Gifts – The thought may be what counts, but if you’ve been hiding one or more gifts in a closet because they’re just not “you”, add them to your purge-able collection.
5. Toys & Games – Is your home a monument to your children from 5-10 years ago, still loaded with toys and games they haven’t touched in years? If so, it’s time to go through them one by one, and get rid of everything with missing and broken pieces, while donating the rest.
6. Old Linens – You’d love to buy some new sheets or towels, wouldn’t you? But you hesitate because your linen closet is full to brim, even though you seem to use all the same few items over and over again. What does That tell you? That you have a bunch of worn and tattered items mid-way or further down the pile that you wouldn’t use on a bet. Once again, there are those who would be glad to have at least some of them, so have at it!
Any time you’re cleaning your house, in the spring and otherwise, keep an eye out for any signs of a water leak. It’s the kind you can’t see and hear that often are the ones capable of causing the most damage to you home. If you do spot signs of a water leak, contact Connor Plumbing so we can locate the source of it and take the right corrective action.