Spring is a time for renewal and awakenings. It's also the perfect time to
take your cues from Mother Nature and devise a plan to reduce and reimagine your
way to a refreshing, updated home you can fully enjoy once more.
Reorganize cluttered areas
If a room (or rooms) in your house are in disarray, start by reorganizing those
often-used spaces to give them a like-new look and feel. Begin by removing
everything from the room - including the furniture, if you're able - and
separate your belongings into boxes or piles based on what you plan to put back
in the room, move to another location and throw away or donate. Once you've
cleaned the space, resituate the necessary furniture then place items you're
keeping back in their places in tidy fashion so they're easy to locate.
Eliminate the extras
While you're freshening up the house, it's the perfect time to purge unwanted
and unused items, but remember that items in good condition can actually do good
for those in need. By donating clothing, electronics, furniture, household goods
and vehicles to be sold in The Salvation Army Family and Thrift Stores, you can
help transform lives in your local community. A good rule of thumb: if you
haven't used it in the last year and it doesn't have special sentimental value,
it's probably time to let it go.
Get rid of grime
A whole season's worth of dirt and dust accumulates during the cold winter
months. A deep clean inside and out can restore your home to its former glory.
Inside, take time to launder all of your linens, including curtains, rugs and
bedding. Move furniture to vacuum behind and below, and don't overlook dust and
dirt magnets like mirrors, light fixtures and the insides of cabinets,
especially higher shelves that see infrequent use. Outdoors, hose off or
power-wash surfaces like windows, siding, decks and concrete to restore a crisp,
Revise for real life
If there's an area of your home that isn't quite working for your lifestyle,
spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to make a change. That may mean
reconfiguring furniture for a more functional living room or converting an
underused guest room into a useful craft or project space. Take time to consider
what changes will make the space more practical, and even sketch out some
possibilities on paper to fine-tune your ideas before you get to work.
Discover new decor
A spring refresh is about more than just decluttering and cleaning, it's about
giving new life to your home with new decor, accessories and artwork. One
affordable option: seek out unexpected treasures by shopping for great bargains
at thrift stores. The proceeds from the sale of items found at shops like The
Salvation Army Thrift and Family Stores go to help those in need, and it's one
simple way to update your decor without spending a fortune.
Visit SATruck.org to schedule a donation pick-up or find a thrift store near