Doing the Spring Fling

spring organizing

 

Spring officially begins on March 21. It’s been a rainy and cold winter and we are ready for a sunny and warm spring. Doing the Spring Fling helps us by eliminating the unnecessary, deciding on what is most important and keeping only the best. It’s time to get started on decluttering your home and office.

 

Spring fever

Get motivated and focused first by having the end in sight. Find ideas on www.houzz.com. Tap into your inner organizer by defining 3 key words that will describe your newly organized spot, such as nurturing, simplified, inviting, or friendly. Key words for your work space might be efficient, effective or productive.  Know what you want your organized space to be and to feel like.

 

Spring time team

Gather your team to get going. At home your team can be a supportive friend, your children or your spouse. At the office it can be your colleagues, assistant or boss. It is more fun and energizing to work with partners. Set specific dates and deadlines for your organizing. Break the work into smaller units to work effectively and get this job done.  Working alongside others make organizing easier.

 

Not sure what to “fling?”

• Would you wear it today if it fit?
• You purchased a new one and it’s time to “fling” the old one.
• Your kids have outgrown it or don’t play with it.
• Post it notes about tasks that have been completed or phone numbers you don’t need.
• Rough drafts, emails you printed or interim prints of reports.
• Work for 15 minutes on your desk top or choose 15 items to “fling”.

Spring training

Add in great routines to keep your space maintained. Have a nightly family reset time or take just 5 minutes each evening to get items back to where they are stored. Take 5 minutes at the end of the day to recycle papers or notes. Plan a general reorganization each spring and fall, just to keep your home and office efficient, orderly and attractive.
Spring is just around the corner and you will be ready to enjoy your decluttered home or work space. Get started now with your Spring Fling.

 

Spring into Spring Fling with my pinterest board.

 

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4 Responses to “Doing the Spring Fling”

  1. No matter how often I go through my stuff, I can always find something else to get rid of!

  2. Ellen Delap says:

    Thanks Janet! This is so true!

  3. Nancy Borg says:

    I find that I need to “feel” Spring first before I can jump into the “spring fling.” For me, it’s hard to catch spring fever when there’s still so much snow on the ground. Once the snow melts, I’ll be ready to de-winterize (clean & store boots, coats, etc) and embrace the new season :) I haven’t even looked at my Spring wardrobe yet, so no flinging just yet!

  4. Ellen Delap says:

    Good point Nancy! I know it’s hard to be motivated for spring until we “feel it.” It just might be a good thing once it’s a little warmer.

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