How to Get Ready For Your Spring Clean

March 18 2020 | The Tidy Moose

How to Get Ready For Your Spring Clean

With Decluttering Expert Ivanka, The Tidy Moose

What does it mean to be a decluttering expert?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a different way of looking at things. I’ve always needed ‘order’ to feel calm and being able to recognize spaces and see the vision of how to improve that space through organization is what helps me work with clients to declutter and organize. I thought it was something that everyone had in them, but I’m quickly learning that’s not the case. I’m grateful for this certain perspective on life and having the ability to recognize that less is more.

Spring is here! Do you have any tips for a great spring clean?

  • Step 1: Open the windows and let the fresh spring air in, and the old stale winter air out.
  • Step 2: Give your house a good vacuum before getting started. Why? Because as you move around the house to clean, the dust from the floor gets shuffled around and sometimes gets tracked from the messy areas to the areas you’ve just cleaned.
  • Step 3: This is a great time to go through your closets to donate clothing you haven’t worn in a while. I also suggest clients organize their pantries too. It’s the perfect time to refresh and eliminate any expired foods that don’t need to be hanging around.
  • Step 4: Once you’re done organizing, give the house a good dusting, then another vacuum. Finish off with washing all the floors. Make this a one day job. If you try to split it up, you’ll never stop the process. Whereas when you do it in one day, it’s “Boom! Done!”

How do you declutter without being wasteful?

Research! Once you’ve got your piles of items to discard, go online and research donation places in your area. Most municipalities have lists of places to take things: to donate, to repurpose, and to properly dispose of.

Hopefully, this big day of spring cleaning will help you address your patterns of consumption moving forward.

Ok, we tried the KonMari method and still didn’t get it right. What are we doing wrong?

I’m willing to bet you didn’t do the entire process from start to finish. Doing just one category isn’t going to cut it. You need to do ALL the categories (within a week or two is helpful), and do them in the correct order. This is the best way to set yourself up for success.

Our issue isn’t organizing; it’s staying organized! What are your tips for this?

“Respect the things you own, by giving each of them a home,” (that’s a direct Ivanka quote). When everything has a home and ONLY lives in that home, it’s foolproof. For example, our toothbrush and toothpaste are always in the same spot. So when we need them, we always know where to find them. So much so that most of us can brush our teeth while half asleep. Why? Because they have a home and they stay in that home. Imagine if everything else you owned had the same routine.

What age can we start expecting our kids to stay organized?

I start them off at age 3 with very simple tasks. As they get older, introduce more complicated tasks. Trust me; if a 3 year-old can figure out how to use an iPad, they can learn how to match coloured socks ;)