Fall Cleanup Tips: How to Handle Things Efficiently While You Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Your Clutter
Posted Apr 01 2012 7:00am
Once fall settles in, that means cooler days and colder nights. And that means it’s the time of year to store summer clothes and clear the yard and surroundings of fallen leaves. It’s best to do a small cleanup at autumn to prepare for the winter months. Weekends are the best time to roll up your sleeves and clean up this season. But before you start de-cluttering and just start throwing stuff away, you should have a game plan of sorts. It might seem like a huge task, so how could you make it easier to do? And surely, not everything should go to the trash. How do you go about the whole thing? Here are some tips to make your fall cleaning more efficient and your clutter useful:
Take everything one day (and area) at a time
It doesn’t matter how big or small your house is. What’s important is that you approach the cleaning task in a manageable way. You can choose to clean the yard and the outside of the house one day, you can clean indoors the next (preferably one room at a time as well). This way you can also identify what else needs to be done in each area aside from cleaning, such as repairs and replacements.
Know which parts of the house needs immediate attention. That way, you can avoid any possible damage and address problems quickly.
Sort it out
This has got to be the trickiest step of all. You have to be able to figure out which things should be kept and which ones should be thrown out, sold at thrift stores or garage sales, as well as which ones could be reused or recycled. Letting go of things can be difficult, but you should be able to see the usefulness (or the lack thereof) of every item to determine where it falls under.
Reuse and repurpose
Once you’ve sorted out your clutter into reusables, recyclables, keepers, and trash, set aside the reusables so you can find new uses for these old things. From plastic bags to tin cans, to cardboard boxes to glass bottles, there’s always new and inventive ways to use stuff found around the house. Reusing is not only helpful during a cleanup, but it also helps lessen expenses by not having to buy new products.
Store and secure
Having cleared away the clutter, it’s time to store summer clothes (and take your winter clothes out again) and other items you wouldn’t be using for a while. Reuse old boxes and containers to store your things, and you can even use plastic garbage bags as well. Fashion these into garment bags (using a sturdy yet lightweight brand of plastic garbage bags with an anti-microbial agent like those of Plastic Place’s is a good idea — it keeps clothes dry, secure, and clean), or maybe use them as covers for other items and appliances to keep dust or pests out.
The onset of fall indicates a change not only in the season and the landscape, but with our lives as well. Cleaning is just one way to get ready for yet another change of season, and it’s always a good idea to have a good approach to things. It doesn’t hurt to be efficient, tidy, and economical in the process. Getting ready for winter brings about a feeling of wistfulness for the passing of the year, but it also carries the promise of spring and new beginnings for your life and home.
George is a freelance writer and graphic artist who occasionally does advertising work for Plastic Place, an online wholesaler of recyclable and biodegradable trashbags and garbage bags.
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