Spring is the perfect time to clean up the clutter and dust that accumulates over winter and set yourself up for a productive remainder of the year! Tackle your project with the following three-step formula from Laura Stack, aka The Productivity Pro.
1. Get ready… Before you begin cleaning, be ready to tackle the clutter.
- Prepare for a spring cleaning spree. Start by labeling five large boxes: Put Away, Give Away, Store Away, Shred, and Trash. Select an area, such as a drawer, desk, or room to organize first.
- Use a timer. Don’t view spring cleaning as an all-day task. Take an hour here and there to get the job done over several weekends. When you’re ready to begin, set your timer for 50 minutes. When it buzzes, use the last ten minutes of your organization session to handle the boxes: put things away, place charity items in the car, put items in storage, shred and toss out the trash.
- Focus. Concentrate on organizing one area at a time. If you don’t focus, you’ll end up with multiple “half-organized” areas.
2. Get Set…Set a plan in place to stay productive as you spring clean all year long.
- Innovative storage. Anything that goes together should be stored together. Find attractive boxes, baskets, toolboxes and totes to organize common items such as batteries, make-up, tools, cleaning supplies or gift-wrap. Use duffel bags to store sports equipment – one sport per bag per person.
- One in, one out. As you group similar items together, avoid keeping too many of the same items. Do you really need five spatulas or dozens of sweaters? The next time you think about purchasing something you already own, give serious thought as to what are willing to give up.
3. Go…! Your clothing is put away and your sports equipment is tidy. Now that you have a good idea what you need to get rid of, let go of all the clutter!
- Shred sensitive documents. Paper piles can stack up fast around the house so shred sensitive documents with a reliable Fellowes shredder. For large shredding jobs, the Fellowes 79Ci is the ultimate shredding machine. With its Patented 100% Jam Proof technology and ability to cross-cut up to 16 sheets per pass and an extended 20 minute run time, your paper piles will disappear in no time! Or, for smaller shredding jobs, try Fellowes P-12C that destroys 12 sheets per pass with a 5 minute run time.
- Tag items. If you’re still having a hard time parting with certain things such as clothing or kitchen gadgets, place a tag on each item with the date one year from now. If you use the item, take the tag off. When that date arrives, anything that still has a tag goes.
- Donate. For items you want to get rid of that are still in good condition, consider donating to charity. While it can be tough for your little one to donate toys or for your husband to let go of his beloved CD collection, they’ll feel good knowing someone will benefit from these items.
We have the Fellowes P-12C shredder and love the convenience it adds to keeping organized. I used to have stacks of papers sitting on my desk that I didn’t want to just throw away – I definitely didn’t want sensitive information like account numbers just thrown in the trash! Now I can put things in the shredder right away & avoid the clutter. We can shred 12 sheets of paper in one pass, and can shred old credit cards, too. And with three young children, the patented SafeSense technology gives me peace of mind – it automatically disables the shredder when hands touch the paper opening. You can find it at WalMart stores nationwide, and at Walmart.com, too.