Spring is on the horizon, and it’s a fantastic time to have a clear out, and spruce up your home. There’s nothing like starting the new season with a tidy, clutter-free home. If your shelves, cabinets, and cupboards are full, now is the time to sort the trash from the treasure.
Clearing the kitchen
The kitchen is often the busiest place in the home, and it can accumulate clutter very quickly. Take an afternoon to go through your pantry, and clear out your cupboards. You may come across foods that are out of date or items that you’re never going to use. If you’ve been storing broken appliances in the laundry room, and you haven’t got around to repairing them, give a firm like City Appliance Repair before throwing it out. If you’ve got a washer in need of a new part, for example, it may work out cheaper to repair it than replace it. Once you’ve been through all the nooks and crannies, give the surfaces a wipe, and clean out the refrigerator. Finish off by mopping the floor, and putting any trash bags out. If you’ve got old toasters or kettles that haven’t worked for years, put them in the garbage pile. If you haven’t used them for ages, and you’ve bought replacements, you’re not going to need them again.
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The bedrooms, basement, and attic
If you tend to store things in spare bedrooms, basements or attics, tackle these rooms next. Create different piles of items you want to keep, those you may be able to sell or donate, and things for the trash. If you have items like ornaments, vases, clocks, watches or jewelry, don’t just check them on the trash pile without having a proper look at them. It may be worth getting an expert opinion if you think there is even the slightest chance that they could be worth something. You never know when you may come across hidden treasure. Once you’ve got your piles sorted, place everything you want to keep into storage boxes.
Sprucing the bathroom
If you’ve baskets full of lotions and potions or cabinets containing medicine in the bathroom, empty everything out and get rid of anything that has expired or seen better days. If you’ve got empty bottles, shower gel you’ve had for years or tablets that have gone out of date, throw them away. If you are disposing of medicine, take extra care. You may need to take them back to a drug store. Once you’ve got everything in order, you can wash the tub, sink, and toilet, and give the floor a mop.
When you’ve finished trawling the house, take a trip to the trash heap, drop some bags at the thrift shop, and get those nicknacks valued. If you end up with a huge heap of items that you don’t particularly want, but you don’t want to throw out, you could stage a yard or garage sale. You can earn money, and enjoy a clean, tidy home.