Monthly Archives: April 2015

House Decluttering & Organization Tips

You can tell it’s spring when the spring cleaning posts for your home, cabin and business show up on the blog. But spring cleaning isn’t really spring cleaning without a healthy dose of house decluttering and organization tips. You know what we’re talking about—decluttering and organizing that “stuff” that piled up over the winter, if not for years. So how do you tackle that pile that resembles the hoarding shows on TV (or at least are way too unorganized for your taste and lifestyle?). Start at the beginning:

  1. Turn your pile into piles. Go through the pile, and sort. For example, create a pile of “office supplies,” another pile of “outgrown clothes” and a third pile of “don’t need anymore.”
  2. Let go. Plan on donating some of that stuff, especially items that don’t fit, don’t get used or won’t get used any time soon—including furniture. This is the essence of decluttering—clean up the space! If you donate to a charitable organization, keep a record of the items you donate for a possible tax deduction next year.
  3. Invest in shelving and boxes (or use what you have). De-cluttering is clearing up space, now it’s time to move on to organization. The first step is to create an organization system that works for you—whether it’s a series of drawers or shelves or an armoire where you can keep things (cleanly, not in piles).
  4. Hire someone else to take on decluttering and organizing if you can’t. You don’t have time. You can’t because of medical reasons. We all have legitimate reasons for not being able to take on the decluttering and organization of our basement, spare room, or house in general. If you can’t, hire a cleaning service to take on the project so you’re clear of that stuff forever. Leave clear instructions on what you want done with the stuff, or how you want it organized.

Spring Cleaning Checklist for Your Cabin

Spring in Wisconsin means warmer temperatures (though we know that comes later at your cabin in northern Wisconsin), flowers blooming and a countdown to fun family weekends on the lake at your cabin. The season also means spring cleaning your cabin (and boat!) that has sat vacant since Labor Day. Cleaning your cabin and readying it for guests and fun family weekends is a task that needs to be done quickly and efficiently—which can be done as long as you use our spring cleaning checklist for your cabin:

  • Airing out cabin.
  • Washing comforters, sheets and quilts.
  • Making beds.
  • Cleaning your appliances (including the dishwasher, fridge, washer or stove).
  • Spider web removal.
  • Window cleaning.
  • Dusting ceiling fans and washing light fixture coverings.
  • Blind and curtain cleaning.
  • Clean the top of cabinets.
  • Cleaning bathroom counter(s).
  • Carpet and floor cleaning.
  • Power washing your cabin.
  • Vent cover cleaning.
  • Fireplace stone/tile and mantle clean up.
  • Cleaning sliding door tracks.
  • Scrub down showers.
  • Dust inside of cabinets.
  • Putting pier in lake.
  • Cleaning boat or jet skis.
  • Checking water toys for holes.
  • Washing outside chairs and table.
  • Inventorying and adding wood to your wood pile (if needed).

If you don’t have a spare weekend to prep for your family weekend at the cabin, or if your guests are planning to arrive at your cabin earlier than planned, contact us about scheduling a spring cleaning for your cabin. One simple call can take your spring cleaning checklist and boil it down to one box. That means one box to check off your spring cleaning checklist for your cabin so you can have fun during your family weekends at the lake.