Spring Decluttering

Happy spring, Hampton Roads!

After a long, dreary winter, it’s time to open the windows and let the sunshine in. There’s no better way to brighten up your space than with a good spring decluttering! Here are five tips that are sure to make it as painless as possible.

Set Goals
Decluttering any space, whether it’s a studio apartment or a sprawling estate, is a big job. Don’t let it intimidate you! We recommend starting with something easy, like…

Packing Up Bulky Winter Clothes
All your warm sweaters, thick socks, and heavy flannels might have made you feel nice and cozy for the last few months, but soon enough, “nice and cozy” will turn into “hot and sweaty”. Clear them out of your closets and drawers. They usually take up a lot of space, so consider using vacuum-sealed bags to get more bang for your storage buck.

Work With Categories, Not Rooms
You’re on a roll now, so let’s make the picture a little bigger. Instead of decluttering your house room by room, use categories to give you a better idea of what you’re dealing with. Start with clothes, then work your way through books, appliances, furniture, even old photographs. When you come across things you haven’t used in six months or more, set them aside.

Does It Bring You Joy?
A popular organizing method known as “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” comes down to one thing: whether or not something makes you happy. Books you haven’t read…that dress you shoved in the back of your closet last year with the tags still on it…the clock you haven’t taken out of the box since your mother-in-law-gave it to you. We’ve all got things we’ve never used and never will. If it doesn’t bring you joy, it’s time to let it go.

Toss It!
Now that you’ve conquered Decluttering Mountain, it’s time to say part ways with your old things. Remember to donate whatever is still in good shape to your nearest thrift store. What you thought was clutter might be someone else’s new favorite thing!

And for our bonus sixth tip, contact Eden Way Storage for a sparkling clean, climate controlled storage unit. We’ll keep your cold weather belongings safe and dry until Old Man Winter comes back around.