It’s that time of year again. Daylight is around for a lot longer in the evenings since the clocks have moved forward, and it finally feels like summer is on its way (good riddance, ‘Beast from the East’)! Some of us are still living amongst wintery cobwebs we’ve been hanging onto, instead of welcoming the sunshine into our homes with a much needed declutter. If you need some motivation to get started, here are some reasons why a declutter could bring with it a host of benefits, and keep it feeling fresh for summer’s impending arrival.
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Just to freshen up
If your home is looking bulky or drab, it’s definitely a good time to get to work. When it’s warm outside, the last thing you want to see are fluffy blankets and dark, cluttered spaces.
According to rd.com, having a good spring clean can decrease feelings of anxiety that comes with cluttered, unclean or untidy spaces. It can also improve asthma symptoms as there are fewer places for dust to gather.
Make money out of unwanted items
Spring cleaning could make you some extra cash for your summer holiday. If you’ve got a lot of unused things hiding in your cupboards, it could be worth putting some time aside to sort through what could be thrown away, sold or donated. You’d be surprised at what people will buy second hand, so if you find anything that could be used by someone else, try listing it for sale online and see if you could make some money, particularly with things like clothing or electronics. If you’re not sure if something is likely to sell, search for the item in eBay’s ‘completed listings’ and see what prices the same or similar items have recently sold for. If you’d rather not sell, consider donating instead. There are many places that accept donations, whether it’s a charity shops, a toy library, or somewhere that accepts donations for specific projects like recycling wedding dresses/suits or sending old running shoes/sports gear to those unable to afford them.
Make space for new purchases/activities
Perhaps you’ve been meaning to make space for something in the house, like for a piano or a play area. It’s amazing what a bit of decluttering and repositioning of furniture can do, so doing some maneuvering could give you the space you need to improve your living space and mean you’re able to do more productive or fun activities at home.
Preparing for a house move
If you’re looking to move home this year, decluttering in advance could save you a lot of hassle nearer the time, and could reduce the amount of items to pack before moving day. If you’re likely to be moving in the warmer months, you might find it beneficial to pack up your winter items well in advance, like warm coats, woolly hats and gloves, or specialist winter sports gear like skiing or snowboarding equipment. Packing away anything that you are unlikely to need before the move will reduce the number of chores to do nearer the time when stress levels are already high in the weeks before your moving day.
Good luck with your decluttering!