Spring is right around the corner, and March is the month to get your home in order. No, we’re not talking about a spring cleaning project. What we have in mind for your March home makeover is more significant. It’s much better than spring cleaning; it’s a spring organization project.
In your February home makeover you tackled the living room, this is the month that you are going to get rid of every single piece of clutter in your home. It may be a big project month or it may be a project that takes you a single day. It all depends on your clutter.
There are a few different ways to approach decluttering your home. One of the most popular, and seemingly most effective, methods is the Marie Kondo method. She’s the author of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. The Kondo approach is to move through your home and sort things by category. Make a pile of items in the middle of the floor and go through them one by one.
For each item, ask yourself if it brings you joy. If the answer is yes, keep it. If not, then give it away or throw it away. A category is something like clothes, books, papers, memorabilia and so on. This approach is quite effective because it requires you to pay close attention to what you own and why. Once you’ve sorted, then you work through the process of putting back what you love and creating systems for organization.
Another approach is the basic room-by-room approach. This is often most effective if you create three piles. These piles include the keep, donate/sell, and toss. Once you’ve gone through each room, you can then create a system to organize the items that you’re keeping.
Notice that with either decluttering approach, the final step is to look at how to put your items back. Organization comes after you sort, not before. Many people spend a lot of time trying to organize the things they have without paying attention to whether they truly want or need the things they have. Pare down first and then organize.
Cleaning While Your Shelves Are Bare
Before you start putting things back and organizing your belongings, take a few minutes to deep clean. For example, let’s say you used the Marie Kondo approach to your closet. Before you start folding things and putting them away, run a damp cloth over the shelves in your closets and drawers. Vacuum the corners and crevices. Take the opportunity to make the most of this time and tidy up as you organize.
Getting It All Done in March
This is undoubtedly a time-consuming process. Plan it out. Decide which rooms or categories you’re going to tackle and how you’re going to accomplish the job. Do you want to do one category each Sunday afternoon and spread it out over time, or do you want to do your entire house in a weekend? Once you have a plan, you’re ready to get your March task taken care of.
Have fun and enjoy the results.