It's daunting, frustrating and, at times, maddening. your house (condo, apartment, room) is not only cluttered and disorganized, it is, you have to admit, d-i-r-t-y. May is a perfect month for spring cleaning because it's not too hot to do physical labor, but it is warm enough to throw your windows open and air everything out.
To begin a fantastic spring cleaning you need a plan. This, not unlike an outline for writing a research paper (remember those?) and will help break down the steps and take away some of the rambling, overwhelming sense of dread you feel when your Q-Tips come tumbling out at you from within the darkness of your linen closet. What are they even DOING in there?
The following is a recipe for spring cleaning. As with all recipes, you may throw it away and make your own, take pieces of it that feel right, or mix and match as you see fit.
1. CLOTHES - If you start with your clothes you will be amazed at how much you can quickly eliminate from the clutter of your household. Unnecessary clothing such as things you have never, ever worn, your children's onesies (they really ARE fourteen now, okay?) and old, weathered shoes with stains from the wine you spilled on them at your sister's wedding 15 years ago - depending on their shape, these really can go in the garbage can or to a donation center.
Goodwill, the Salvation Army and other donation centers are in abundance, even in rural areas. Along with other household goods, this is a wonderful, socially conscious way to offload the things you are no longer wearing or using, particularly if they are gently used and not trashed (who wants trashy second-hand things?) You will make piles. There shall be two piles. Pile One will be donated. It shall go into a garbage bag (or several) and then into the trunk of your car, IMMEDIATELY because if you're driving around with stuff in your trunk it will annoy you quickly and you will do what needs to be done. Pile Two is actually going to be thrown out and that pile, too will go into a garbage bag and then into the actual garbage.