Safer, Simpler and Cleaner: A Spring Cleaning List by @TheJoyfulOrg

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The annual tradition of spring cleaning is all about clearing out the winter cobwebs and making space for new and fresh things to enter our lives. It usually involves dusting the baseboards and washing the linens.  However, there are a few things you may have been putting off and simply let fall between the cracks entirely.

Here are a few suggestions of things to tackle this spring that will help you live safer, simpler and of course, cleaner lives:

  1. Start your day by making your bed if you don’t already. It gives the room a fresh feel and makes you feel like you’ve accomplished something right away.
  2. Make yourself a chart of all the things you have trouble finding time to do things, like stretch, floss, etc. So many adults have a hard time finding time to do these things and at the end of the day, when they are tired, they just collapse into bed.
  3. Schedule appointments with yourself for organizing, working out, and cleaning. You don’t miss an appointment with your boss, so don’t miss them with yourself.
  4. Take care of small things that tend to get overlooked:  polish your shoes, dry clean your winter coats, have your jewelry cleaned. These all give you a fresh to the new season.
  5. Sort through your sock and underwear drawers and get rid of anything that isn’t pretty or in good shape.
  6. Start keeping a freezer inventory list.  This makes sure you eat what you’ve bought, make healthy meals and don’t rebuy what you already have.
  7. Clean our your dryer vents. They can be a fire hazard and they are often over looked.
  8. Practice your fire evacuation procedures. Take the time to go over these with your family as they can save your life. If you don’t have escape ladders in your second floor rooms purchase them.  Also, update your fire extinguishers and replace batteries in smoke detectors.
  9. Send the handwritten notes you’ve been meaning to send.
  10. Schedule a lunch date with a friend that you had been procrastinating on. You will be glad you did!
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Bonnie Joy Dewkett, CPO® is a nationally recognized organizing expert, author, motivational speaker, and internet radio personality. She began organizing as a child, and she has been organizing ever since. Her company, The Joyful Organizer®, creates and implements organizational systems for the home and office. These changes allow her Customers to create calm from chaos at work and at home. Bonnie is passionate about helping her clients meet their organizational goals, and loves to see the positive impact that getting organized has on their lives.

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