As we say farewell to winter and welcome warmer weather, there is no better time to purge, clean and organize!
Spring cleaning may seem intimidating, but Palmetto Goodwill is providing some easy tips to give you the motivation you need to whip your home into shape and help out your neighbors.
Start small. “I can’t wait to clean my house this weekend!” said no one EVER! Attempting to organize and clean your entire house at once can set you up for failure. Instead, make a list of everything that needs to be accomplished and create a schedule, breaking out chores over a week or even a month depending on how large your home is and how much work needs to be done.
Be ruthless when decluttering. If you don’t love it and/or don’t use it, it’s clutter and it needs to go. Take this approach in every room in your house. You definitely don’t need three cheese graters and if you haven’t worn something in your closet in the last year, you probably don’t need it.
Donate. You may not want it anymore, but Goodwill does! Feel good about clearing out clutter by taking the things you no longer need to Palmetto Goodwill. They have plenty of convenient programs that help people find and keep jobs. Goodwill will take almost anything, including old computers and electronics that are collecting dust – we’ll even wipe the data for you! But… please don’t bring us your pet goldfish or anything that could be dangerous. For a full list of things we are able to take check out www.palmettogoodwill.org
Get the family involved. Don’t go it alone! Motivate kids (and husbands!) to declutter by reminding them that they are making room for new items they may have their eye on. If you need to, create incentives for a job well done such as a special outing, a new toy or money for older kids.
Once you’ve got your home in tip-top shape, keep it free of dust and grime by following a weekly cleaning schedule. To keep clutter at bay year round, stash a basket or large bag in your closet and throw in items that you don’t wear or need around the house. When the basket if full, put in the car and drop it off at your closest Goodwill donation center.