Spring Cleaning!! Spring Cleaning!!

Now that spring is underway, it’s only natural to think of spring cleaning. While we still may not feel the effects of spring for a couple of weeks here in the winter-storm weary Philadelphia area, it’s certainly not too early to start thinking about making some good changes to our living situations. Being cooped in one’s house all winter sure provides a lot of time to really think in-depth about what you’d like to get rid of.

There’s nothing wrong with having more than you need. It’s another thing to have way more than you could ever need or could ever possibly use. People who are creatively inclined tend to accumulate more things than average - magazines you might use for a collage, stuff someone was giving away, anything that might one day prove itself useful. But when does “extra” become “way too much”?

A good mantra when cleaning and organizing is “a place for everything, and everything in its place.” Whatever you choose to accumulate is fine, so long as it stays within well-defined, manageable parameters. Once you’ve decided what to get rid of, then you can begin the task of organizing that which you wish to keep.

If you fancy yourself a photographer, here are a few ways to creatively display all of the pictures that are immediately forgotten about as soon as they exist beyond a certain date on facebook:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/09/new-ways-display-photos_n_49212...

This LA Times article also has some good tips for reclaiming your space and making it a joy to be in. One standout piece of advice is “Let your hoarding tell a story: Create collections for your knickknacks. When grouped together, they look like a tablescape or a vignette of interesting collectibles instead of an explosion of vacation trinkets.”

http://www.latimes.com/home/la-hm-heather-ashton-tips-20140308,0,6155793...

Don’t forget, the professionals at 1-800-Haul-Out can help you stand on the gas pedal of your spring cleaning, and within a couple of hours can leave you with no task except alphabetizing your record collection and archiving your magazines.