Guest Post by Audrey Cupo of www.4abetterspace.com
Spring is just around the corner – thank goodness! It’s been a long, cold, snowy winter for us in the northeastern part of the country. I know we are all anxious about Spring. Are you ready?
Every year, starting on April 1st and for 7 days straight thereafter, I do a spring organizing and/or spring cleaning project each day. Here’s what’s on my agenda…
DAY 1 – Begin outside clean up, including getting rid of any leftover winter brush, snipping dead branches from plants to get them ready for the warmer weather ahead, and sweeping the walkway and driveway.
DAY 2 – Put away any winter clothing for the season that is still in our closets, and bring out our spring and summer wardrobes. Iron anything that requires it.
DAY 3 – Begin sorting through the outdoor toys (including sports equipment, skateboards, bicycle, etc.) from last year and determine what my son has outgrown and will no longer be using. I will create a list of a few items to supplement to provide him with items that are more age-appropriate for this year.
DAY 4 – Clean areas in our house that get neglected most of the year, such as the tops of our high cabinets, under the fridge and the bookcase shelves (empty, dust, and return all books again).
DAY 5 – Begin to plan our family’s summer vacation for the end of August. By reviewing our budget and discussing ideas with the family, we will formulate a vacation plan so we will be ready when the end of summer comes around. (It arrives before you know it!)
DAY 6 – Empty the fridge and freezer and clean them out before returning our perishables back inside. Also, defrost the freezer we keep in our garage.
DAY 7 – Although I belong to a homeowners association, I suggest making arrangements for your summer help, including the lawn mowing service, and grass, tree and plant service. Check the outdoor furniture that was left out over the winter to see if it needs any repair (mine is made of wrought iron and might need to be repainted). It’s also a good time of year to make an appointment to have the car detailed.
By the end of these 7 days, we can all feel great about our accomplishments and we can truly begin to enjoy the Spring!
Audrey Cupo is a full-time Professional Organizer and sole proprietor of A BETTER SPACE based in Bucks County, PA. She specializes in residential organizing and focuses her business on helping busy moms and women entrepreneurs get organized with her in-home services and her U Can Do It product line. To sign up for her free monthly newsletter “Organizing News You Can Use”, go to www.4abetterspace.com.