While “Fall-Cleaning” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as “Spring-Cleaning” does, I actually prefer it for a number of reasons! For one, during the colder months you’re often stuck inside the house more, meaning you have to actually live in your cluttered house. Don’t do that. Don’t live inside a cluttered house! De-clutter that house right now!
Reason number two is this: because of the holidays, you’re likely to have more guests coming into your home in the next few months than you do during every other month combined! Don’t worry about aunt Josie seeing your messy closet when she goes to hang up her coat, clean it out now! Also, I also like to get organized as we head into the holidays so that I can make sure I know where our decorations are located, and it feels nice to get rid of all the junk I’ve accumulated during the year so far (mostly to make room for all the additional junk we’ll accumulate during the next few months of holidays).
When there’s suddenly a chill in the air, there’s less of a need for water balloons and beat up flip-flops, so those types of seasonal items get stored away for next Summer (or thrown away if they’re too beat up, like the above-mentioned flip-flops). We also often have items laying around that are still in good use, but no longer our style or useful to us, so those items get donated. That’s just about it when it comes to how I “fall clean.”
- I make it my goal to tackle one area or room a day.
- I take 3 bins with me. One for storage, another for donating or selling, and one for trash.
- I go through all of the drawers, closets and shelves and toss anything that doesn’t belong or suit my fancy anymore into one of those bins.
It’s ultimately very simple, but this technique helps me immensely during my deep cleaning. Trust me, if you put the time and effort into this right now, you’ll feel so much better during the hectic holiday season that is fast approaching.
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