With the hint of warmer days to come, many New Yorkers instinctively feel the need for a thorough ‘spring cleaning.” We have some helpful tips on how to make the declutter process stress-free.
1. Know your disposal schedule. It’s great to purge, but you don’t want to end up cluttering your building’s garbage room or the sidewalk. New York City has a pretty extensive system and schedule for disposing of bulk items (something that is too large to fit in a garbage bin). Bulk item removal is free. Check their website to find out how to get rid of your items, click here!
2. Donate. There are many organizations throughout the city that would benefit from donations. These donations range from clothing and shoes to electronics, art supplies and even containers and packaging. Click here to find out who you can give your goods to.
3. Photograph the sentimental items. It can be hard to let go of things that have sentimental value, even if they are piled on a shelf in the deep corners of your closet. A great way to hold on to the memory and display the piece without feeling like you have lost it is to photograph the item or items and create a gallery wall. Same goes for kids’ art projects that might be too bulky to keep.
4. Assess your storage needs. There are so many ways to organize your stuff these days! There’s a storage or organization bin, box or holder for just about everything. Once you have sorted through everything, make piles based on similar items to determine what type of storage you will need. Make sure to measure! You want to make sure you have not only the right length and depth for your items but also the right height to hold everything.
5. Clean what has been decluttered. Once you have separated the things you are going to keep, give everything a good cleaning before you put them away. You want to wipe down any storage containers and clean inside them as well as the spaces in between drawers that often get neglected throughout the year.
What are some ways you declutter? Comment below.