We’ve talked about sprucing up the outside, but spring is also a time to take a look at things on the inside of your home. Just as there are seasons of life, during your spring cleaning take the time to remember the past but look ahead move on with the future. You may ask yourself what I mean by this statement. The answer is a simple one that I have learned firsthand with the recent passing of my father.
We all have keepsakes, items that remind us of times or occasions in the past that invoke happy thoughts and memories. As time goes on it’s hard to let things like that go. However as the years go by and it becomes time in life to downsize or move into an assisted living, lack of spring cleaning not only leaves you but your loved ones with the responsibility of sorting through all of the keepsakes. Those once treasured items start to build up and instead of bringing back the good memories, it brings a feeling of being overwhelmed by items that don’t have the same meaning as they did in years past.
When my father passed away I soon realized the work that laid ahead of me. They had collected and saved things throughout their lives. These items would get tucked away to seldom be looked at or enjoyed. Some remembered some forgotten, but over the years these mementos have piled up and become overwhelming.
Here are some tips to help you do some spring cleaning of your own. Choose one room and circle your way around addressing one closet, drawer or cupboard at a time. By focusing one room at a time, you are able to accomplish the task at hand without becoming distracted. Create piles to be kept, shredded, given to charity or discarded. As you clean each room, dispose of the piles of items accordingly. This will allow you to feel a sense of accomplishment.
Many people have closets and dressers full of clothes that don’t fit or they don’t wear. Their dresser tops then become repositories for things they can’t store. Get rid of things you haven’t worn in a year and vow to put away your clean laundry each week.
Keep your bedside table simply decorated with a clock, a lamp and a picture of your spouse or partner. Romanticize it with a candle.
Organize your office in the same manner. Go through papers you don’t need and shred those that you haven’t looked at in years. Clear your space and mind of clutter.
Sort through children’s toys, clothes and papers. As they grow out of a particular season in their lives and onto the next, it’s ok to dispose of that pile of cars or dolls they once played with.
So this spring don’t be afraid to move on. Remember the good times, the funny times, and those momentous occasions that went along with the items of the past. Realize its ok to let the items go but hold those memories tight in your heart and do some…Well… let’s call it Spring Cleaning.
About the author: Catherine Montague is the president of Green Design Innovation and recipient of the 2014 Best of Houzz Award. Green Design Innovation is a full service design firm and providing an International Approach to Interior Design offering an array of residential and commercial interior design services. Core areas of services include: Interior Design, Real Estate Staging & Move-in services, Color Consultation and International Shopping. We are located in Sewickley near Pittsburgh serving our clients in Naples, FL and Paris or wherever they are.