Happy First Day of Spring!

It’s here — the first warm days of spring, with the crocuses and tulips breaking though the earth, longer days, more sunlight…all the things that remind us of life’s simple pleasures.

The season to let go of the heaviness of winter and move towards the incredible lightness of summer has arrived!

Of course, as downsizing experts, we can’t help but think that spring is the ideal time to simplify homes, offices and, indeed lives. It’s time to get back to basics and stop living to have and start living to become!

Most of us are familiar with one of the traditional activities of the season – “spring cleaning”. This project usually involves removing everything from closets and drawers, quickly dusting and returning all the same items to the closet. That’s it…no downsizing or purging, just re-arranging stuff to fit better in the space.

Here’s a radically different idea! Instead of spring cleaning, consider spring clearing!

When you disperse items you are not using, the end result is a simplified space!

In this spirit of lightening up, here are Downsizing Diva’s TOP 10 Spring CLEARING Tips:

  1. Freshen up! Let fresh spring air in and stale winter air out!
  1. Wash the windows. Lighten-up your entire home.
  1. Clear clutter. Remove all the items from cabinets, shelves and tables and put back only the items you enjoy looking at.
  1. Clear closets! Wash or dry clean all your winter clothes before putting them away for the season.
  1. De-junk the Junk Drawer. Who needs all of that stuff anyway? Get some drawer organizers and store “like with like”.
  1. Spice up your life. With the exception of pure vanilla extract, which lasts indefinitely, spices lose flavour as they age. Test the spice by crushing it in your hand. If it doesn’t have a strong scent, it’s time to replace it.
  1. Empty the fridge. Clean all the shelves and drawers and discard all the food that has passed its “best before date” before putting it back.
  1. Banish the Books. Streamline the contents of your bookcases, keeping only the books you plan to read or re-read.
  1. Deal with the Medicine Cabinet. This is one area that tends to be overlooked. Take a few minutes to check expiration dates and dispose of expired medications responsibly.
  1. Be a generous giver! Donate all items you truly don’t want, use or need.

William Morris, English textile designer and writer, described the clearing process very succinctly and these are great words to clear by…

“Have nothing in your house

that you do not know to be useful,

or believe to be beautiful”.