After a long winter cooped up inside, it is spring cleaning time! And while for some this is a daunting job, it is our favorite season. This is a great time to go through your home and declutter and organize. We have a spring cleaning purge list that will take the chore out of this annual task. So, set aside some time on the weekend and let’s get to it. You will be surprised at what you can accomplish!

1. The Heavy Stuff

Start with your big stuff – furniture. Go through your house and be honest with yourself. Big items that no longer serve a useful purpose should be donated to charity. For added convenience, you can even arrange for pick up at your home. Some organizations to consider are Habitat for Humanity or The Salvation Army. Want to make a little extra cash? Consider selling online or holding a yard sale.

Another thing to consider decluttering is your book collection. We all love books, but maybe your children have outgrown their picture books or have young adult fiction that is no longer being used. Think about donating to Community Rec Centers or schools. Do you have a collection of paperbacks? Check with a local coffee shop, many of them participate in book swaps. If discarding, try to recycle what you can.

2. The Closet

This might seem obvious but you do need to examine your closet. Try on items to see if they still fit and are in style. If you haven’t worn something in 2 or 3 years, chances are you may never wear it again. Donate items, or take them to a consignment shop. Recycle wire hangers to dry cleaning shops. Crafty? Repurpose old clothes, such as event t-shirts into a memory quilt.

Next? Shoes. While it may be hard to part with your favorite shoes and accessories, this is a significant spring cleaning purge item. Do you have items that you purchased for a special occasion and have worn only once? Some organizations gather gently worn professional style items for donations to women’s groups that encourage reintroduction to the workplace.

3. Toiletries

Women understand that we get gifted or somehow end up with an abundance of lotions, body washes, and body spray than we could ever consume. Consider donating unused toiletries to homeless shelters. Have a plethora of hotel and travel sized items? Reuse them by throwing them in your gym bag, create a welcome basket for guests, or make and keep a personal travel pack. Consider making care packages to send overseas to soldiers.

Also, if you have drawers of hair brushed, makeup, and accessories, try to determine what you use and what you don’t need. Makeup does expire and there is an actual list of when to toss your mascara. Although, checklist or not, if you have had it for a few years, you need to throw it out.

4. Odds & Ends

You know you have a drawer or bucket or some storage container full of it – wires, plugs, miscellaneous electronics. The thing is, what do you do with these? We all know the idea of putting more into the landfills isn’t pleasant, so how do you recycle old, out of date, and unsalvageable electronics responsibly? Contact stores like Best Buy, that have programs for small appliances, batteries, ink and toner cartridges.

Another item that is difficult but necessary to discard is your medicine. Go through your medicine cabinet and remove any pharmaceuticals, vitamins, OTC meds and supplements that are expired. However, never flush them or pour them down the drain because it can be hazardous to the environment and your water supply. Instead, remove any personal information labels and take the items to a local pharmacy that will properly dispose of them. They will also recycle old prescription bottles.

Whether you are de-cluttering your entire home or garage, this Spring cleaning purge list will help you to clean out responsibly. Another tip? Go through your home room by room. That way, you will not feel too overwhelmed. Need assistance after you have organized? Why not call Spouses Cleaning Houses to have your home deep cleaned? Together we can all work to revitalize and rejuvenate your space!