Spring Cleaning & Organization Tips

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I usually give our apartment a pretty good cleaning to prepare for the Lunar New Year but it's when Spring rolls around that I really get to the deep cleaning and organizing. With this also comes the purging which I find so liberating and so necessary. We have decently sized closets and our apartment isn't actually cramped but somehow clutter still manages to build up. I've always been good about having a place for everything but now I'm also trying to be more mindful of what I bring in and have routines for regularly disposing of things. So far I've tackled the pantry, refrigerator, linen closet and my beauty stash. I'm in the process of cleaning my closet now and this always feels like a real process even though I do it twice a year. As I was cleaning my computer I found a number of helpful links to cleaning/organizing tips I had bookmarked and thought I'd share them here. 

Do you Spring clean? How do you conquer clutter?



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56 comments

Mai said...

Looking at my room, I definitely need to clean. However, it's sometimes difficult to get rid of clutter at home because my mom will bring everything back into the house that I'm trying to donate. I've gotten around it by doing it when she's not home, though ^^

helen said...

this is so helpful, especially bc i've been dying to de-clutter around here!!! especially love morris' quote!

PAPS said...

Such a true saying. I hate clutter too.
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The Dainty Dolls House said...

This is great & I love William Morris, his creations are amazing!! (background on my blog) I love to de-clutter and clear stuff away, it really makes a house more like a home as you can relax and be at ease!! Super post doll xx

Anonymous said...

Wow, you are soo busy and thorough. We need to take a few tips from you - when we moved house, we had so much crap that had just built up over the years we were completely overwhelmed and had to take multiple trips to the rubbish dump.

You are so right about Lost. I watched the whole series too and was so disappointed by the ending. Like, they were all just dead to begin with? It absolutely made no sense and I wasn't surprised because they had dragged it out so long. I'm sure the writers didn't even know what they were writing about. Gossip Girl was another let down. It was trashy, as you say (though not like some British TV shows I know), and teensy, but the first few seasons were gripping and interesting. That one went down the pan and had probably an even more disappointing ending than Lost. Seriously, Dan? It just made no sense and you could tell the writers had just had to pick someone out of the air and somehow try and make it work to round off the show. I watch White Collar too! I can't believe I've found another White Collar fan! Rosemary x

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Lilli said...

Hi Rowena! Im in your same situation! Ive started last weekend and still have to finish it. Ive already cleaned a my coats closet and make up stuff, now clothes, bags and shoes! I like to put away and throw away things which are old and useless, makes me feel releasd and well too!:) That quote is so true and I will check out the links for sure to find some inspiration for my cleaning. Happy Wed dear, hugs! xo

Jenny said...

Amazing post and this will come in handy for me right now as I am in the middle of Spring cleaning my room at the moment :') x

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Jackie Harrison said...

I have that Martha Stewart list and I pretty much OCD when it comes to cleaning and organization this is helpful information to help anyone that do not know where to start.
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Emma Henderson said...

Thanks for the tips! I definitely need to do a clearout so will be bookmarking this page!
Emma | Fluff and Fripperies

Nicky mywishstyle said...

These tips are very helpful und good!
Ciao

Lena L said...

Thank you for the links! I will visit them to see if I can get some ideas. I do need help! LOL
Actually, I've organized some donation boxes and made an appointment with a shop for consignment. Hopefully this would help me to par down my clutters. ;)

MaysaAndSunshine said...

Cleaning is such a never ending and overwhelming task. Beginning of this year I started in the study room and threw out a bunch of stuff. I think it is important to have storage spaces/boxes/shelves or something for your stuff or else they are all over the place. I love clear storage because it is easier to locate and see where everything is (I use that in the pantry too). And most importantly but very difficult to do, trying to keep up/maintain and not wait too long for clutter to form again. I hate filing most.

Emmylou said...

Oh wow! Thanks for this list, Rowena. I must admit our house needs organizing and decluttering badly, so I'll try to do some cleaning, at least before the summer....sigh....

Jane said...

i just went through my closet again a few weeks ago. i think we're good with the rest of the house but did a cleaning routine and it felt so good to get down on my knees and get the dust out at certain nooks and crannies around the apartment!

Christina Warren said...

I am a HUGE believer in this statement! LOVE IT! I get rid of things ALL the time. We are quickly accumulating a lot of baby gifts and I'm starting to get overwhelmed by them! I'm open to borrowing things from people and sharing what I have with others all the time. I give so much of my stuff away to friends or Goodwill too. When I have something kind of expensive, I sell it on eBay! I clicked on the clean your computer list b/c I thought it might be a methodical way to keep your computer files organized (it was for actual cleaning LOL-which I could use too). I totally need to do that! My computer gets cluttered too!

Beautetude said...

Wow I love that you made this post and provided all those links.
Beautetude

miss b said...

Great quote and this is certainly something I am trying to achieve. Like you we have been having a clear out, reorganising and we are now having rooms redecorated. With an empty room it's a good opportunity to think carefully about what to put back! I shall have a look at some of those links which sound helpful.

Jessica (Coco & Mingo) said...

Oh, I Spring clean like crazy too! Once I start, I can't stop, so the whole apartment gets a nice thorough clean. Thanks for all these links! Hope you're having a great week, Rowena!

Alicia Mackin said...

Hee hee I have to clean the mound of dust bunnies from under the bed. Good God is amazing how many can accumulate.

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Champagne Star said...

Great list of links! I try to do a good, thorough cleaning of my closets at least twice a year (once when I switch out my cold weather clothes, and then again when I switch out my warm weather clothes). For me, my closet and drawers can easily become clutter because of all of the clothes that I keep even though I don't wear them anymore, or the things I keep saying I will get rid of but never actually do.

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Anonymous said...

downsizing and purging are always good but it seems to come more natural in spring when everything is off to a fresh start...

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I have this one pinned. I love it. It's brilliant. I totally live by this.

Coco said...

Dear Rowena, I live by that quote! Otherwise I would literally sink among gibberish (my lovely daughter collects everything, I mean pieces of paper and shiny cristals coming out of my shirts!!). Now going to cuddle her to sleep :-)
Baci,
Coco
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Kim Alston said...

You're my hero Rowena! I do major cleaning twice a year: Spring and Autumn. Each year, it gets better and better. I don't like a lot of stuff. I don't like to see a lot of stuff. I keep things to a minimum. I already purged my closet. I was selling a couple of things and whatever doesn't sell is going to Salvation Army. I need to give my kitchen a really good cleaning and do some dusting (ceiling fans kind of dusting). You're doing a great job.
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Alexis Crawford said...

ahh this totally reminds me that I need to start spring cleaning!
lexi // thelittlebrunette

Paola Lauretano said...

Perfect list of links... tnx for sharing Rowena!!!!
Kisses doll!!!

MITCH said...

love the quote! it really makes me want to clean my closet at least.
thanks for sharing :)

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Margaret Dallospedale said...

Hi my sweet Rowena,
Thank you for sharing these amazing links!!!!
Very useful post
Kisses
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Carmen Vecchio said...

nice post!
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kiss

Jewel Clicks said...

Great post! :) As much as I would like to do spring cleaning, I'm busy with my upcoming trips.

thanks for sharing. :)

Jenmarie said...

Just pinned this! :) I am always cleaning and I love to go through things multiple times a year to see what I can donate.

Leslie said...

I enjoy the whole spring cleaning thing :) The house always need to be freshened up after a long winter. Wonderful links Rowena and I'm sure your home is spotless! xxleslie

Anonymous said...

I've done some spring cleaning and intend to do some more. Most of the time it's about reviewing my wardrobe items.

getcarriedaway said...

such a lovely quote and a great post!
have a wonderful day!

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Hoda Katebi said...

Ahhh oh my gosh, thank you so much for this post! I'm moving into my first apartment in a few months and I am completely lost with how to organize all of the space! I am definitely enjoying these links--thank you! xx

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Stella said...

Thanks for sharing the links!
Time to organize my room indeed!
xx
Stella from a A Shiny Place

Chiara Giatti said...

great links, I need advices for this!!!
ciao :)
Chiara
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Diana Ashuayem said...

Great links! thanks for sharing.
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nancy @ adore to adorn said...

I'm on the same kind of schedule as you. I didn't even really realize it until a year or so ago! *silly me*
We recently went through a good cleanse of things we no longer needed and did a big haul to Good Will and Salvation Army. But, I feel like doing more! These links are very helpful to have in one post! Thanks for sharing them!
xo,
nancy

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Sonia De Macedo said...

I need to be in the mood to spring clean my stuff, otherwise it's always a half-assed effort!

SDMxx
www.daringcoco.com

Anonymous said...

These are all great sites to get some tips! I usually try to play some music while I do it to avoid getting frustrated ;)

My Garden Diaries said...

This is one of my favorite quotes! And WOW! Those links are just awesome pal! I can not wait to start going through them all because I love to purge and organize as we live in a small house and less is always best for us! Thank you so much for passing on all of these amazing resources friend!!! Nicole xoxo

Pixelhazard said...

Oh this is so true and proof I need to do a major clean out

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Nicky mywishstyle said...

Fantastic post my deR!
Ciao

Vanessa N said...

THIS POST RESONATES WITH ME. I vacuum my room a few times a week (my dog and I shed A LOT) and every weekend, I try to clean up my room by sorting the laundry/making the whole room neater. I've opened and read some of these links already--some of them are mindblowing! Thanks! :D

JennLiew | Luminnej said...

So true. Can't agree more

Anonymous said...

Love the quote. Perfect for my minimalist attitude!

homestilo said...

Rowena, I can't even. I am bookmarking this and vow to go link by link!

Tammie Anthony said...

I'm really looking for these kind of cleaning tips. You can actually see these into our house that we didn't even know that we can actually use them. Thanks for the tips.

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Steph Seibert said...

Stopping by from #SITS. Thanks for all the links!! :D

Megan Bagby said...

I found you on SITS Sharefest! Love this list and I'll definitely be using many of the tips. Pinning for later!

Rachel said...

It does seem to be true that stuff always gradually accumulates and periodic de-cluttering is very necessary!

AJ Rogers said...

This is a great list - Thanks for compiling it and posting!

Adrian G said...

I just had a credit on a Groupon, so I used it to have two cleaning ladies come and deep clean all my bathrooms. What a luxury to have every surface in all of my bathrooms sparkling clean at the same time! I think I'm going to make that a quarterly thing. My 15 year old son cleans his and my husband cleans the front bath, so I know mine is the only one that gets "really" cleaned well - ugh! #SITSSharefest

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