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Spring Decluttering

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I’m in the middle of spring cleaning, but I’m not scrubbing floors or toilets. At our house, spring cleaning means more clearing out the clutter of the past year than soap and water cleaning. It is clearing out the old, stagnant stuff, to let the fresh, renewing spirit of spring in.

Start With The Kitchen

The kitchen always gets tackled first. It might seem like an unlikely starting place, but I start there because of its importance to our family. Our life revolves around the kitchen. That’s where we spend the most time. That’s the first place everyone and everything that enters the house stops and determines where to go from there. I want this area to be as clutter-free and inviting as possible.

I start by de-cluttering the kitchen landing zone, then move on to the junk drawers. In years past, I have gone through each drawer and cabinet just to make sure I need everything inside. How much I de-clutter varies from year to year.

The Bedroom Closets

Our bedroom closets really need to be decluttered each season (especially with growing kids), but it doesn’t always happen. When going through the closets, I ask myself these questions-

Does it fit?
Do I like it?
Have I worn it in a year?
Do I have anything to go with it?

The answers to those questions determine if the clothes stay or go. So far this spring, I have taken 7 garbage bags of clothes, shoes and accessories out of our closets. Our closets look so much lighter and fresher. I feel less anxious looking into the closets now. Clothes are easier to find and no one is frustrated about the clothes that don’t fit or they don’t like, because they are gone!

The Bathroom

I always think spring cleaning the bathroom is keeping my family healthy. Each spring, I throw away the outdated or nearly outdated medicines, toiletries and cosmetics. Keeping products current, keeps us safe.Getting rid of old products also helps to clear out the shelves and drawers so that what we need is easier to find.

In some years, I spring cleaned the basement or the garage. It just depends on what needs the attention and what I have time for.

Do you spring clean or spring declutter? What spring cleaning/decluttering project do you need to work on?

About Marci

Marci has a passion for helping people get the busyness and clutter out of their lives so that they can slow down and enjoy what is really important. She is proud mama to an 11 year old daughter and a 7 year old son. Head over to Marci's blog Overcoming Busy to read more about how she cuts the clutter and gets organized! You can, also, find Marci blogging about homeschool science at The Homeschool Scientist.

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  • Meld28

    Just discovering this site… Fabulous reminder! I have a whole list of “I need to…” and this is a great start to breaking it all down!

  • Heather :) :) :)

    I think I”m more of a “declutter” person…for sure. I still need to declutter my closet :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

    • marci goodwin

      So far, I’ve cleared out 3 bags of clothes, shoes and accessories from my closet alone! Yikes! It really feels good though. All that is left are clothes that I will actually wear :)

  • Kim Kravitz

    I so need to start decluttering our house! Thank you for the reminder. :)

  • Stacey

    So happy to see this post today, Marci! I was just telling Bree that when my house is cluttered, I feel anxious and overwhelmed, and so unproductive. We need to spring-declutter!! Our homes really do set the tone for our lives, don’t they?

    • marci goodwin

      Absolutely! I feel so much more productive when stuff is not everywhere and everything is in its place. Life is so much easier and less stressful. It’s amazing what a little decluttering can do!