STYLE Savvy: Spring Organizing

"STYLE Savvy: Spring Organizing" by Lisa Hess (

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Spring has sprung! If you’re a spring cleaning fan, why not make next spring’s work easier now by mixing in a little organizing with your cleaning? Here are three easy things to pair with the cleaning you’re planning on doing anyway.

  • Clean and declutter. As you clean a space, toss things you no longer need. The less stuff you have, the easier it is to organize. Even if you’re a dyed-in-the-wool I love stuff person, some things are easy to get rid of. Heartlessly toss:
    • Things that are torn, broken or missing pieces;
    • Half a pair of anything;
    • Things that are outdated or expired (e.g back issues of magazines and that plastic container at the back of the fridge full of unidentified foodstuffs).
  • Clean and consider. Even if you’re not an I love stuff person, some things are tough to part with. Think you’re ready to let something go, but not quite sure? Consider options besides the trash (donating, recycling) or put all of those “maybes” into a box, close it up, write the date on it and put it out of sight. A month from now, toss or donate the box and all its remaining contents.
  • Clean and containerize. As you clean, you’re sure to come across items that are in the wrong place as well as items that are homeless. Pile-ups of necessary items are a key indicator that an organizational system is either missing or not working. What containers or systems do you need to do away with the piles permanently?
No matter the season, minimizing stuff and updating organizers helps keep things spruced up. There’s nothing like a freshly cleared surface to remind us of a job well done.
Copyright 2017 Lisa Hess

About Author

Lisa Lawmaster Hess has contributed articles to local, national and online publications, and blogs at The Porch Swing Chronicles, The Susquehanna Writers and here at She is the author of two non-fiction books (Acting Assertively and Diverse Divorce) and two novels, Casting the First Stone and Chasing a Second Chance. A retired elementary school counselor, Lisa is a lecturer in psychology at York College and enjoys singing with the contemporary choir at her church.

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