We’re almost over winter, and you know what that means: spring cleaning. Letting go of sentimental clutter is serious business. Here are some ways to make the process easier and efficient. It’s time to roll up that garage door!

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First, Develop a Plan

Before you start cleaning, it’s better to organize everything first. Take a survey of your house and all the stuff you have to clean. This is also the best time to list things you will recycle, donate, or sell.

A helpful tip in sorting out which items to sell or keep: if you haven’t used an item in the last six months, and you don’t have any plans to do so in the next six months, sell it. Segment the boxes that will go back into the house from the ones that will go to your garage sale and make sure to label your boxes well. You wouldn’t want to see stuff you’re still using out for sale.

Schedule It So That the Whole Family Can Join

If cleaning is tiring, spring cleaning is hands down exhausting. There’s just too many things to do, and you only have two hands. But you don't have to do it alone! Delegate the tasks and have everyone pitch in the effort. More hands mean less time cleaning.

All Hands on Deck

Make sure every person is doing a different task. While someone is sorting which items to keep or sell, have another person label boxes, and another person to dust shelves. This will make cleaning more organized to ensure everyone is doing a job and pitching in on the spring cleaning. 

Store Smarter

Create a smart system when you put things back inside the house. Group together related items neatly in boxes and label what’s inside the boxes so you don’t need to toss everything out to find something.

BONUS: Here are some tips on how to earn few dollars by putting up a garage sale for stuff that you don't use anymore. Hit two birds with one stone: less clutter and extra cash.

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Advertise Your Garage Sale

The more people you reach, the better chance you’ll have of selling more stuff. Let kids pitch in on how to advertise. You’ll be surprised at their creativity. Also, you can use community bulletins to promote your garage sale. Remember not to underestimate the good old “garage sale” placard.

Put a Time Limit on the Sale

Host the garage sale for at least three days but not more than one week to create a sense of urgency. This will help people to feel the need to buy immediately and not miss out on the deals.

Sell to Discard, not Profit

This is not a business venture. Don’t expect to make a huge amount of money out of it. Your main goal is to get rid of clutter.

Donate to Charity

Putting back items that did not sell is a no-no. Pick a charity and donate everything that is left. Contact your local charity as some may pick up the items for you. At the end of the day, you’ve rid yourself of the clutter and helped others who might put your old stuff to good use.

Spring cleaning can be less a tedious chore for the whole family. Try out these tips to make yours a blast. 

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