23 February 2017

Are You a Secret Hoarder?

Spring is on its way, and what better excuse to have a clear out and get your home looking spic and span? If you’ve been accumulating junk for weeks or you’re a secret hoarder, you may find that spring cleaning lifts your mood and makes you feel less stressed. If you’re keen to tackle overflowing spare rooms or an attic full of boxes, here are some tips:

Set Aside Some Time--

When you’re spring cleaning, you need time. There’s no point in starting a job that you won’t be able to finish. If you’re serious about having a full-scale clear-out, set aside some time and get yourself ready. Perhaps you could take an afternoon off work, or you’ve got a free weekend coming up. Get everything prepped beforehand. You’ll need storage boxes and some space to sort out what you’ve got, what you’re keeping, and what you’re throwing away.

Ask for Help--

Going through the entire house is a massive undertaking for one person, so get the family involved. If you have older children, they can help you unpack boxes, and sort your possessions into piles.

Make It Fun--

Nobody wants to spend a well-earned weekend tidying and cleaning, but sometimes it has to be done. Try and make the experience as fun as possible. Put some music on, take breaks, and treat yourself afterwards. For example, after a long, busy day, you could take a trip to the movies or chill out with a DVD and takeout at home.

Be Ruthless--

If you have characteristics of a hoarder, you probably find it tough to be ruthless and throw things away. When you’re clearing your home, you don’t need to throw everything on the trash pile. But it is beneficial to find your ruthless streak. Look at each item, and think carefully about whether you need it or want it. If you’ve got broken washing machines or radios that haven’t worked for years in the garage, there’s no need for them to taking up space. Call a firm like Bay Wide Hauling, and arrange a pickup. You’ll feel much better when you’ve shifted a load of stuff that doesn’t have any purpose or sentimental value. If you come across items that you don’t want, but other people may like, there are various options. You could put everything together and set a date for a yard sale, you could sell your stuff online, or you could donate it to friends or family or even take it to a charity.

Be More Organized--

When you’ve reached the bottom of the pile, and you’ve got everything in order, make a vow to be more organized. Invest in some extra storage boxes, and try and keep everything in order. Resist the temptation to chuck things in the spare room or let piles of papers mount up in the office. Get into the habit of storing your possessions in an organized manner. This will save you time and hassle, and keep your home lovely and tidy.

Are you a secret hoarder? Have you come across a load of stuff you didn’t even know you had? If you haven’t had a good clear-out for years, now is the time to get your home in order. Hopefully, these tips will come in handy!

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