Spring cleaning is perhaps best understood by a mixture of logic and science. In the spring once everyone including animals have burrowed out of their warm and secluded habitats, in my case that would be my warm and thoroughly winterized home. I am amazed at how everything including wildlife is feeling a breath of fresh air, the birds chirp louder, the plants have started to spring back to life and even the warmth of the sun feels so much better once the temperatures start to rise. I guess in a way it is the natural circle of life that not only are things starting to bloom again, but the birds are building new nests and everyone including people are getting interested in sprucing up their homes in anticipation of being able to say farewell to winter completely.
If you’re anything like me or my neighbors you will most likely start to see people coming outside to spruce up their yards and get ready for the spring planting season with much needed work to be done as far as landscaping.
The thing is everyone first usually turns their attention on the garage; first of all it is the place that most likely is in need of desperate cleaning since winter items need to be properly stored away and the rakes and lawn mowers will have to be moved up front. As well as most of us during the winter months have used their garages as a place to dump unnecessary items.
Cleaning out the garage can seem rather daunting, however with spring in the air, it is the best time to clean the places such as a garage, storage building or basement due to the temperatures are perfect and if you wait to long, you most likely will see the temperatures rise to where it because a much tougher task to tackle. Not to mention, a neat garage will benefit you in your other spring cleaning tasks and make everything much easier to get to throughout the rest of the year.
The first thing is to move as much out as possible and sweep the entire space before realigning thing in their appropriate spot. If you find yourself faced with large quantities of items you should start to separate it accordingly into different piles such as:
“Things to keep” – Things to keep should be any items that you will most likely need and absolutely must have. Such as anything you readily use. If you haven’t needed it or used it within the last year it should not be kept. However I must admit I am a bit of a pack rat and I have a hard time letting go of things I still want and have a mind to use in the future.
“Things to throw away” – The throw away pile is really quite easy to decipher, first it should be anything broken or missing pieces. Next it needs to be anything that is trash or waste that cannot be sold or even given away.
“Things to donate” – This is sometimes difficult because usually things available for donation are bigger ticket things that you may feel you may not want to part with in the first place; however again ask yourself if you have used it in the last year and then ask yourself if someone might benefit from it. If you have old dressers or beds they are great to donate to the local charities and many times they will come and get them with a simple phone call.
along with “Things to sell” – The items you donate and the items you want to sell are pretty much identical however you can sell most anything and when I say anything I mean anything. I love having yard sales or garage sales where you can easily find someone to buy all the junk you have accumulated that you don’t need. Because what maybe junk to you is a treasure to others. For example I a massive amount of cassette tapes at one of my yard sales and I can’t remember the last time I saw a cassette player however I easily sold everyone of them. Kids toys always go off big because there are always a buyer that loves fixing up old toys etc.
Once you have divided everything up and disposed of the throw away pile the garage will most likely look like new but beware the items you want to sell still must go eventually. A simple advertisement in the yard sale section of the paper and you will have more than enough money to buy those bedding plants you wanted for the spring.
Make sure you remember when cleaning out the garage what you need it for in the first place a place for your car and lawn mower. Not a storage spot for all the knick knacks you can’t part with.
Have a good time, make a day of it and you will most likely feel like you’ve truly accomplished something once your done.
References for this article include: home.ivillage.com/cleanandorganize/organize/0,,bgpl98s7,00.html