Angela Ploetz

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My goal is to help people create a space that supports them, mentally, physically, and aesthetically. When you are free from the chaos you have the capacity to create more of what you want.

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3 Biggest Spring Cleaning Mistakes

by Angela On March 4, 2009

Spring is in the air and of course that means Spring Cleaning!  The good thing about Spring Cleaning is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to do it.  But, if you are going to spend the time to start an organizing project as part of your Spring Cleaning festivities make sure you don’t make one of the three biggest Spring Cleaning Mistakes.   

1. Don’t organize, just clean

This is when you start working on an area like a garage and you start moving things around and cleaning and tidying things up.  You may get rid of some obvious trash, but you don’t make big decisions about things that could really reduce your clutter.  So you may feel like you have spent a lot of time getting organized and it may look better for a week or two, but you really just spent time tidying up and moving things from one place to another.  Something like this generally won’t last and this can be very frustrating when the space gets back out of control.

2. Don’t get items out on that day

This is a huge mistake.  Anytime you start an organizing project you have to build in time to get items out or your house the day that you are clearing your clutter.  Take items to be donated at the end of the day.  The longer you keep items around the more likely you will be tempted to change your mind about an item and the clutter cycle will continue.  Get items you know longer want out of the house as soon as possible.

3. Buy products before you start the organizing process

This is the biggest organizing mistake!  Many people purchase containers to help them get organized before they even begin the process or reducing their belongings and getting organized.  This is definitely putting the cart in front of the horse.  Here’s an example:  Let’s say you have 200 CD’s you want to organize.  So you go and buy containers that hold 200 CD’s.  When you get home and start going through your CD’s you decide half of those CD’s are not your style any more.  Now you have wasted money on containers that don’t fit your needs.  Don’t bring anything new into the house until you reduce anything and everything that you no longer need.   

What area are you going to focus on this Spring? 

Enjoying a space you can relax in, now that’s the good life.  



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