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De-clutter your life before summer arrives

Now that summer is coming, it’s time to pack up winter décor and check off tasks on your fall cleaning to-do list.  Do this before bring out your beautiful summer decorations.

This is a great time of year for decluttering.  The beginning of spring is a great time to clean, because it gives you a chance to reset your home before bringing out new things.

If you’re ready to freshen up your space for the new season, keep reading to learn how tor toss the old before you bring in the new.  I’ll help you make sure your home is ready for a new start before the heat sets in as summer approaches.

Clear your closet and rotate your wardrobe

Make your morning routine a bit easier by storing clothes – like tank tops and bathing suits – that you don’t plan to wear during the cooler months.

You’ll need to make room for your jackets, sweaters, and boots.  You won’t need sundresses or shorts now that it’s cooled off.  When you’re preparing to make that trip to storage, look for other closet items that can be stored as well.

If you have a large closet, move your fall fashion to the easy-to-access areas, and put your spring and summer styles in the harder to reach places.  Quick access makes life easier.

Move the things you plan to wear, so you can find outfits you really want this time of year.  Put the others at the end of the closet, since you don’t need to reach them when it’s colder ourside.

Spring Cleaning Tip: Declutter your yard and your garage

Don’t keep any of your summertime stuff that you didn’t use this year.  Go through the rooms around your home where you store your seasonal gear – likely the garage or the yard – and toss, donate or sell the items collecting dust or starting to rust – remove the clutter.

Instead of shoving the things you don’t use into boxes, donate them to someone who will use them.  Don’t delay until next year to do it.  You’re future self will appreciate this.

Many seasonal items also tend to pile up in the backyard.

Entertaining and sports equipment can take up a lot of space.  Consider why you would keep something before you store it.  Don’t feel compelled to hold onto something that isn’t adding to your life.

Rearrange your seasonal stuff

Once you’ve donated or thrown away all your unused or unloved summer stuff, you’ll likely have more room in your garage to store all the things you want to keep, and your yard will be tidier.

Next, work on rearranging what you have left in your garage and other areas to make fall items easier to find and pull down, just like you did in your closet!

For example, move fall and holiday decorations down to the lower storage shelves, and then I move up summer items like ice chests that you’re not going to need for a while. If you’re planning to store your things on shelves in plastic bins, make sure to label them well even if they are clear tubs, said Raphael.

“My eye is scanning labels instead of trying to see through boxes, which makes finding what I need a lot easier,” she said.

A storage unit will help

You could also consider saving garage space by dropping off your seasonal gear at an offsite storage unit. If you have a storage space, this is the time of year to grab your favorite fall décor during the same trip!

As you pull out Halloween or Thanksgiving decorations, replace them with summertime things.  Those things could be beach canopies, folding chairs, summer sports equipment, Boogie boards, 4th of July decorations, flags and summer home décor.

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