for some people, the most wonderful time of the year would be the holiday season. except for me, it would be the spring cleaning season.
call me a freak, but i need to clean and i enjoy doing it. i also love organizing, but like diet and exercise, they go hand-in-hand. i can’t do one without the other.
almost 2 years ago i moved into a smaller, but comfortable, apartment and i could not bring all of my exercise equipment.
fortunately, there was a free, on-site, room available i could store items in indefinitely; or until the complex was sold and the new owners said they needed the room cleaned out.
i had my elliptical, treadmill and two rode bikes brought to my apartment and dumped into several rooms. i thought my treadmill could fit into one of my closets so i started cleaning one out, but it would not fit, especially with the stuff i already had stored in there.
now i’m frustrated and it was at this exact moment when my clutter heebie-jeebies set in and i knew i had to get rid of or donate some items from that storage closet.
as i started cleaning and organizing my OCD endorphins kicked into overdrive and i wasn’t only cleaning my closet, but my entire apartment. i started in the kitchen and spent 9 hours cleaning and organizing every inch of cabinet space and any drawer that would open.
all of the labels are freakishly facing forward, boxes and cans in the cupboards are organized in height order. canisters are labeled. condiments and spices live on their own shelf.
i wiped walls, scrubbed and mopped the floor. i cleaned the inside (and yes everything has a place), the outside, the back and underneath the refrigerator.
the microwave, the stove, the oven, the toaster oven, the keurig. cleaned. cleaned. cleaned. cleaned. cleaned.
tired yet? i’m not.
the only thing i did not clean in the kitchen were the cabinets and that’s because i didn’t have a super fine grade #0000 steel wool pad and a bottle of old english wood furniture polish. but i will.
i really enjoy cleaning and organizing, but it’s never done without sacrificing my body. i had to wear my back brace and take an excessive amount of pain medication every four hours to get through it, but i got it done.
like a tornado, i’m slowly making my way through cleaning and organizing each room, labeling baskets in my linen closet and getting rid of anything i have not used within the last year. this includes clothes, electronics, books, toys and kitchen items.
“big brothers big sisters is a volunteer mentoring network that develops positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.”
the time and energy i would have spent selling the items wouldn’t earn me much but donating them will provide a greater financial impact for someone in need.
i feel energized to be on the less is more bandwagon and look forward to more time, more energy and more space.
over time, it’s easy for our home, closets, drawers, basement, attic, garage to become filled with things we don’t need or clothing we haven’t worn in years.
i’m guilty of neatly folded, but overstuffed, drawers, but do i really need 20 t-shirts?
no. in fact, when i looked around my apartment i felt comfortable being able to part with everything in it, with the exception of my cameras and maybe my guitar.
it doesn’t mean i’m not sentimental but i could take a photo of it and pass it along if i had to. see why i need my cameras?
as much as i love my treadmill and tolerate my elliptical, i only have room for my exercise bike, the other two items will be sold.
i’m interested in how you keep your home clutter-free and organized or do you? are there things you’re holding on to? do you own something you could never part with? leave your thoughts below in the comment section.