The bees are buzzing and temperatures are rising - have you gotten the urge to start cleaning house yet? If you have the spring cleaning bug, you're not alone. In fact, a 2013 survey for the American Cleaning Institute found more than 70 percent of people engage in some form of spring cleaning each year.
The top three rooms to get a spruce up are the bedroom, kitchen and bathrooms. Other popular areas include garage, desks, closets and drawers. And while you're scrubbing and sanitizing, don't forget to kick out clutter by donating unwanted or unused items.
If tackling the whole house seems overwhelming, start with these four areas:
As you transition your closets from sweaters to shorts, it's the perfect time to reevaluate your wardrobe. Go through each drawer and your entire closet (or closets), assessing the previous season's clothing. A good rule of thumb is that if you haven't worn an item of clothing for two seasons, it's time to let it go.
As you’re pulling out your spring and summer clothing, look for items that no longer fit or you simply don’t like anymore. And don’t forget about accessories, such as handbags, scarves, jewelry and shoes. Keep only the items you love and donate the rest.
When was the last time you used your juicer? Or what about that avocado slicer? If these items are covered in dust, there’s a good chance they aren’t part of your daily cooking routine. The same goes for seasonal items such as Christmas tree dinner plates and Santa coffee mugs that haven’t been used since 1998.
Extra office supplies are likely lurking in your home office or study. Gather up the extra binders, backpacks, tote bags and unused notebooks and put them with other items to be donated. You probably also have computers, computer accessories, e-readers or tablets that have since been replaced with new models. Those can all be donated as well.
Involve the kids in this year’s spring cleaning. Give them a medium-sized box and have them fill with it books, toys and games they no longer use or have outgrown. Older kids also can help sort their clothing and shoes to find items that are still in good shape but no longer fit.
Once you’ve finished with just these four areas, you’ll likely have several bags or boxes. Clothing that’s in good condition, working kitchen appliances and electronic devices and even artwork and gently used furniture all can be donated to Palmetto Goodwill.
Making a donation keeps usable items out of the landfill and clears unnecessary clutter from your home. Plus, your donations support Palmetto Goodwill’s programs and services for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Palmetto Goodwill has a number of locations throughout the Charleston area; find the store closest to you.