Do you want to get organized but don’t know where to start? Do you have extra “project” materials like old fence posts, outdated furniture, etc… standing in your way?
This post aims to give you some tips, resources and motivation to get your home organized!
Be Prepared – It’s best to get at least 3 tubs, bins or boxes. Label one “Keep”, the other “Donate” and the last “Toss”. Also have additional labels, garbage bags and Sharpie markers on hand.
Purchase Containers Last – This is hard, especially in the spring… Everywhere you look (magazine covers, model homes, stores) there are new, innovative and adorable bins, buckets and baskets. The biggest mistake you can make is purchasing containers before you have worked thru your things.
Create an Organizational System – Many professional organizers use the principles in the S.P.A.C.E acronym first written by Julie Morgenstern. The S.P.A.C.E acronym stands for Sort, Purge, Assign a Home, Containerize, Equalize. Briefly described below.
S = Sort: Sort like items, then use categories to determine purpose, importance, etc… Highlight Duplicates for “Donate” or “Toss” boxes.
P = Purge: Let it go! Use your local utility service Spring Clean Up offerings to help you get rid of what you don’t need. Links below per area Cities.
A = Assign a Home: Determine where a given item or category of items will reside… drawers, closets, filing cabinets, containers, etc…
C = Containerize: It’s important to be able to find your items once you’ve put them away, and often using a container can help you with visibility and stacking.
E = Equalize: Another word for maintain, balance or standardize… Schedule time each week to maintaining the space as planned and evaluate after 30 days.
Free Spring Cleaning Services by Area– Williamson county
The City of Austin offers Bulk and Large Brush Collection twice per year. Check your location here for dates by location.
Round Rock is hosting a Spring Clean Up during April 2019. This is an amazing offering – curbside pickup on your regularly scheduled pick-up day. Spring Clean Up includes the annual Spring Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event held from 8 a.m. to noon (rain or shine) Saturday, April 13.
The city of Leander is hosting their 13th Annual Citywide Residential Cleanup Event on Saturday, April 13th from 8am to 2pm.
Hutto is hosting the Big Event Saturday, April 6th which includes a Trash-Off encouraging residents to help clear roadsides of trash and a Junk Round Up to help you get rid of unwanted items brush, trash and junk.
Cedar Park just will be hosting their Household Hazardous Waste Cleanup on Saturday, April 27th from 10-2 and Liberty Hill will advertise in the local paper when they host their event.
Julie Morgenstern (1 September 2004). Organizing from the Inside Out, second edition: The Foolproof System For Organizing Your Home, Your Office and Your Life. Henry Holt and Company. p. 22. ISBN 978-1-4299-5536-2.