Spring Cleaning Tips – Get Rid Of Clutter

spring cleaning -  waste basketMy father used to say that the soul of order was a big waste basket. And he was so right! I should have heeded his advice many years ago, which would have left me with a much more organized home.

But as one of my favorite inspirational fridge magnets says…

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” -Carl Bard

I can’t change the fact that I have not made sufficient use of my waste basket in the past, but I can start today.

And you may want to do this too.

So what does that have to do with spring cleaning?

Have you ever noticed that it’s awfully hard to clean a cluttered up room? So if you get rid of the excess first, keeping things clean is a breeze. And so I’m providing you with some tips on getting rid of clutter…

So How Do You Get Rid Of Clutter?

As you’re getting the rooms ready for their deep spring cleaning, why not use the opportunity to get rid of stuff you no longer need. Sort it into 4 (or 5) sets of boxes:

1) Keep for later or put back and/or use in another room.

2) Sell it on eBay, Craigslist, or in a garage sale. Or list it in the Cheap Stuff section in the paper. Or in the Trading Post.

3) Donate it to charity.

4) Throw it out.

5) Shred it.

Depending on what you have, you MAY or may not have that fifth category, i.e., sensitive documents. However, if you do have them, do NOT throw those into the garbage. Instead, mark them… “Shred!” And then do it.

Where Can You Get Sensitive Documents Shredded?

Where can you have these documents shredded? Chances are you don’t have HUGE amounts of documents. So calling your local Shred-it Truck might be overkill. Here are some alternatives:

A couple of times a year, your local Credit Union, the Better Business Bureau, and other such institutions hold Shred-a-thons. This is especially common right after tax season is over, so look for them in April and May. You can bring up to 3 bags of sensitive documents to have them shredded, and they will take them and no one will ever lay eyes on them again.

How do you find out about them? Call the above places to find out, or your local recycling resource center. You can also keep an eye on the paper.

Alternative: Buy Your Own Shredder!

Or, you can buy your own shredder and enjoy destroying those no-longer-needed documents yourself. I have heard it’s a great stress reliever! If that’s your choice, check out my review of the best shredders on Squidoo.

And if you keep your shredder handy, you may never find yourself with piles of sensitive documents you’re wondering how to get rid of. They’ve been safely turned into confetti.

And here’s another cool option I just discovered… Staples. Yes, they accept shreddables by the pound. So if you have just a box or even less and don’t fell like investing the time and money into doing your own shredding or waiting for the Credit Union Shred Fest, that’s a terrific alternative.

Getting rid of all that extra stuff will also make it easier to move things out of the way for spring cleaning – and any other home beautification projects!