Fast Spring Cleaning Tips

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Spring is just beginning, and it’s the season for cleaning.

Maybe you realize it’s time for spring cleaning, but you just don’t have the time. It happens, and it’s understandable.

But before summer creeps up on you, don’t let this season pass you by! Take advantage of some fast spring cleaning tips to get your house in order.

Get Rid of Old Pantyhose

Take a look at the pantyhose, socks, and leggings you have. Sort through yours to see if you have any that don’t fit, are too stretched out, are stained, or in the case of socks, those that don’t have a mate. You can Google ways to re-purpose pantyhose and socks and find ways to up-cycle these items that can no longer be worn. Things like using socks as cleaning rags, or using pantyhose for gardening to start seeds, are good ideas. But in the end, if it doesn’t work as part of your wardrobe, it shouldn’t be in your closet! Move those items out so they won’t waste any more of your time or energy. If need be, replacements for the things that no longer fit or are past the point of repair.

Guys, Donate Unwanted Ties

Guys, do you have ties that you haven’t worn in a long time and probably won’t ever wear again? Maybe you work in a job that will never ever require you to wear a tie. Or maybe your personal style has changed – maybe you used to wear lots of ties with cartoon characters on them but your style has matured and you go for a more sophisticated look. Either way, look at your collection of ties, and if you have more that what you want to keep, donate it! There’s bound to be a a thrift shop near you that will happily take your old neck ties. If you find that you need more ties for work or church, you can take care of that in less than five minutes here. There is also a lot of up-cycling potential in ties – the crafty ladies in your life might want to take these for various projects. (Just ask a girl that likes to play on Pinterest what she can do with a bunch of old ties – there are may things.)

Sort Through Children’s Items

While you’re watching TV or listening to a favorite podcast, you can sort through children’s clothing that you’ve just washed and dried, using a critical eye to make sure they still fit properly. Can the items be used as a hand-me-down for a sibling, or is it best to just get rid of the item? Pruning down items that no longer fit can make getting your child dressed much easier and for every child’s clothing item that you get rid of, when you discover that another is needed, you can order a new one.

Fall is the Perfect Time

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The leaves are changing and so is the temperature. Summer has departed and there’s a crisp chill in the air. It isn’t too cold and it isn’t too warm. It’s officially sweater weather, time to cuddle with a hot beverage, a movie, and your favorite pet. Fall is the perfect time to just be, and enjoy.

Just as nature ushers in changes in our physical environment, so too we can welcome in changes when the seasons change. You don’t have to wait until New Year’s Eve to make a New Year’s Resolution of changing your life. Fall is the perfect time to tweak some things in your home, your office, or even your car to make things go just a little smoother.

This week, carve out a few minutes, or even just a few seconds to:

  • Throw away a few papers you’ve already read and don’t need anymore
  • Throw away political junk mail (you probably know who you’re voting for, if you’re voting, and if undecided, there’s still time to research it online)
  • Write “RTS” (meaning “return to sender”) on the junk paper mail that just keeps coming that doesn’t stop. This is for the businesses you want nothing to do with, have never had anything to do with, and will never have anything to do with. After you’ve written “RTS” on the mailing, stick it back in your mailbox, and the postman will take it back to the nuisance business it came from. It will be gone out of your life!

And there you have it – three fast tips for fall, because fall is truly the perfect time to make some tiny changes before winter makes its quick descent upon us.

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Declutter Now!

Declutter Now Study Guide

Have you ever felt surrounded by clutter, powerless to get it under control?

While it’s unclear if husband and wife team Lindon and Sherry Gareis have ever felt this way- they are professional de-clutterers so to speak – they do know that it’s worth looking for the root of the problem.

There seems to be a theme in their eight-week study, Declutter Now! Study Guide 8 Weeks to Uncovering the Hidden Joy and Freedom in Your Life. To address the problem of clutter, The Gareises don’t provide strategies of how to get organized or which items to throw away, but their method is to look within instead. This eight-week study includes one chapter for each week that mainly focuses on one way clutter influences or is connected to another facet of life. I found it fascinating how the Gareises were talking about issues that seemingly have nothing to do with having too much stuff. But, everything is connected, and letting go of clutter proves that. The Gareises show the connection of how clutter can influence or show up in our physical health, finances, spirituality and careers.

As a member of the Ambassador International Blogger Review team, I received a free copy of this study guide. It’s designed to be an eight-week journey and the study guide makes references to another work of the Gareises, Declutter Now! Without that book, I could not understand some of the questions and didn’t understand all the contents of the study guide. Another area that influenced my experience was how I read it and with whom.  I read this alone and did not use a full eight weeks to get through it. I did get insights from reflecting on the questions, but to get the most from the experience, I recommend going through the journey with at least one other person who wants to de-clutter.

FTC disclosure: I received a free copy of Declutter Now! Study Guide 8 Weeks to Uncovering the Hidden Joy and Freedom in Your Life from Ambassador International, the publisher. The thoughts contained in this review are my own.