Ready, Set, Spring Cleaning Prep! 

By: Marla Bautista 

Winter seems to never end. Lucky for you, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Spring is near. You know what that means. Time to Spring clean your home, your car, your business, and anything else that accumulates clutter, dust, and unnecessary paper work. But before you go on a Marie Kondo Purge, let’s chat about a few things you can do to prevent the return of clutter and stay organized throughout the year. 

Bills, Bills, Bills

Does your home or office seem to be a collection zone for paperwork? From Junk mail, to old bills, the amount of unnecessary paperwork continues to pile up. Here are a few tips to slow and ultimately eliminate, the clutter of unneeded forestry in your space. 

  • Go Paperless. You can eliminate the amount of paper you accumulate by changing the delivery of your bills to a paperless option. 
  • Shred unnecessary documents like old bills and junk mail. 
  • Get off the list. You can ask not to be contacted by credit companies. This will reduce the amount of paperwork coming to your home or office. 

A Safe Place

Having a safe place to keep important documents and information so it is readily available is essential in staying organized.

  • Buy a safe. Having a safe in your home is a great way to keep your personal or high value items secure from damage or possible theft.  Keep important documents like; birth certificates, passports, expensive jewelry, and any other irreplaceable items, inside. 
  • Prepare a Home Maintenance Binder. You can repurpose an empty binder you already have in your home or purchase a new one for a few bucks. In it, keep checklists for all things home related. Grocery Checklists, cleaning checklists, child care checklists, etc. 

Make a List and Check it Twice 

Checklists are a must have if you are on the go or you like to multitask.  Using a home maintenance binder, keeps all your checklists in one easily accessible location. Check out a few popular, free checklists. In the case of an emergency, all your important info and home instructions can be easily found and carried out by anyone. Life can be unpredictable and sometimes you may need a little help. 

Plan your Future 

Make a plan going forward.  Schedule dates to complete specific tasks around your home. Make a commitment to a routine. Try doing a ten-minute power cleaning every day, by yourself or with your family. Set a timer and get to it! Believe it or not, this will significantly cut down on waste, dust, and clutter in your home. 

Take Your Time 

Trying to do it all at once may seem a bit overwhelming.  Take your time.  Complete one task per day or challenge yourself to do more.  Whatever goal you make, make it with intention. It can be stressful looking at the big picture. Divide and conquer! You can do it! Good luck and happy Spring! 
Marla Bautista is an Army Wife and mother of three. She is the Published Author of My Thoughts Abandoned, released in 2017. As a Freelance Writer and Blogger, she has written for many publications including Military Spouse Magazine, Military Families Magazine, and Harness Magazine. Her passion is giving back to people in need. Marla is the Co-Founder of The Bautista Project, a custom décor and apparel company, which uses a percentage of their profits to provide for homeless communities.


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