Your Decluttering Calendar
There are a few times in the year when we naturally start to feel like decluttering or cleaning. During the Spring, we naturally feel like opening up our windows, cleaning and removing the old and worn items and fixing up a few things around the house. Although the Springtime is one of the most popular and well known times of the year that we feel naturally inclined to declutter or clean our homes, it is often hard to find the time to really stay on top of all the clutter and maintain this as regularly as we need.
The truth is, in today’s society we accumulate and store many items we no longer need and we need to declutter and clean more regularly throughout the year to stay on top of things. The annual “spring clean” just isn’t enough anymore.
So how do we stay on top of all the required cleaning and decluttering whilst our schedules become ever more and increasingly demanding? There are other times in our lives when we can use the opportunity to declutter and get rid of some of those things we just don’t need at home anymore. These events can be spiritual or religious such as Ramadan or Christmas or they can be fiscal, like the financial year and tax deadlines. You can even use personal goals like losing weight or getting healthy to declutter your kitchen and your wardrobe or upgrading certain things when children leave home.
By combining your home decluttering and cleaning goals in with your calendar events, you can spread out your cleaning which makes sure it not only gets done in more manageable chunks but also when the event comes around, you have even more reason to celebrate and feel good.
Most of the time we set unrealistic goals for our home chores and we often disappoint ourselves because dealing with these tasks can be extremely overwhelming and demanding, especially as we always seem to underestimate how long it takes to clear something out.
Here is an annual events calendar that can help you stay on track with your home decluttering goals based around a typical family’s lifestyle.
January – Goal Related
This is often the time everyone creates new goals or refreshes old ones, so why not use one or two of your new years goals to tie in with your clean? For example, if one of your new years resolutions is to write that book you have always dreamed of writing then why not use that goal as the motivation to clean out the home office or to create a space for writing?
February – Movies, Music and CD’s
In the Southern Hemisphere, this is a great time to declutter children’s books and school requirements as it will be the new school year. In the Northern hemisphere it is usually a cold and quite depressing time, so why not take the opportunity to declutter your movies and CD’s or other entertainment
March – Windows and Doors
In the Northern Hemisphere Spring makes us naturally want to open things up and air them out, so why not use the opportunity to declutter all the window furnishings? In the Southern hemisphere, it may be a good time to clean the dusty windows (and dead flies) after summer and think about some warmer alternatives over winter.
April – Financial
As the financial year ends in April it is not only a great time to declutter your finances but it is a great time to remove old receipts and warranties that are no longer valid or worthwhile holding on to.
May – Kitchen
A few months into the year many of us are either thinking about our health or starting to think about our bodies in time for summer. Some families fast for Ramadan in May which is also why teaming your health goals with decluttering the kitchen can be a huge success at this time of year.
June – Wardrobes
When we feel we have more energy in the warmer months (and vice versa when we start to slow down) it is a great time to reassess our wardrobes and whether the items in there are still working for us.
July – Digital
As many people prepare to go away, July is a great time to get your digital filing up to date so that things are organized before the holiday period. This means you may want to scan items so that that hard copies can be thrown away and so that the digital copy can be filed for accessing anywhere around the world.
August – Cosmetics
As you pack for holidays, it is a great time to declutter your cosmetics. Things like sunscreen, old and outdated cosmetics can be harmful so it is a great time to also clean out your medicine cabinets.
September – Storage
When everyone is back from holidays and you have a few new items, September is a great time to declutter your current storage and find more practical means to store your items. For example, are the suitcases from the holiday stored somewhere practical or do you need to rethink the storage and space you have?
October – Books, Stationary and Magazines
The new school year starts in September, in many countries in the Northern hemisphere and this can tie in with de-cluttering books, magazines and stationary.
November – Electrics
Before Christmas comes around (and the opportunity to point out where new items are required to obliging family members) decluttering your electrics is a fun way to assess what needs recycling and what needs upgrading.
December – Bedding
If you celebrate Christmas and plan on having friends and family around, this is a great time to declutter old presents and things like bedding, mattresses, and pillows. There is nothing more welcoming than a lovely set of sheets in the spare room that remind you of that Christmas when someone special came to stay.