Friday, February 24, 2012

Get Organized Before Spring Cleaning : By Guest Blogger Tim Eyre

Get Organized Before Spring Cleaning 
For me, cleaning has always been therapeutic. There is something about having a mess and slowly seeing that mess disappear that is comforting. It’s like watching chaos evolve into order and randomness into meaning. I realize I’m probably in the minority in this particular case. Regardless, the point stands that I actually enjoy cleaning. I’ve come to learn a thing or two about sweeping, dusting, and organizing all the areas that junk tends to pile up in. If you’re getting ready to take on that ultimate cleaning task, Spring Cleaning, listen up. I have a few tips that you should pay attention to before you get moving on this undertaking.

Take It Slow
There is no rule that says you have to get the entire house organized in one day or even one weekend. Focus on small areas. Divide and conquer. Focus on a few rooms or problem areas and collect all the stuff you just don’t use that much anymore.
Enlist Help
Enlist the help of your family in cleaning up the house. Chances are they contributed to the mess by throwing shoes and socks into the corner of the living room, leaving school work or art projects half-completed in the kitchen, or leaving food in the fridge for about a month too long. You’ll find that the whole project will move much faster when you have some helping hands. It can also be borderline fun. You can sweeten the deal by offering to make everyone ice cream sundaes when the job is finished.

Whistle While You Work
It’s not only true in the movies. Listening to music while you work makes the task much more enjoyable. A spontaneous dance party might even break out while you’re in the midst of your cleaning. 
To Trash or Not to Trash
Once you’ve collected all the excess stuff (we won’t call it trash just yet) out of these areas, you need to figure out what to do with it. If you have electronics like computers, VCRs, televisions, or remote controls, you will need to take special steps to dispose of these.
Most cities have hazardous waste drop off days when people can drop off things like batteries for free. Check with your city and see when your hazardous waste drop off day is and until that day comes, keep your old batteries in an old shoebox.

If you have gently used toys that your children don’t use anymore, call a children’s hospital or women’s shelter and ask if they accept used toys. The same goes for children’s and women’s clothing. Take every opportunity to donate your old items. Old towels and sheets can go to animal shelters and cookware can go to Goodwill or the Salvation Army.

You’ll find that simply cutting back on the amount of stuff you have will make the overall cleaning process much easier. Don’t be overwhelmed by the amount of work there appears to be. Once you divide it up and recruit some helping hands, you’ll find it goes faster than you thought possible.
In his role in the self storage industry, Tim Eyre helps customers care for their cherished belongings that must be put in storage. Tim goes to see his facilities including a Fontana self storage unit . He also recently met up with customers and staff at the Fontana self storage facility. In his spare time, Tim likes to get outside for a game of basketball or a round of golf.


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