5 ways to rid your home of clutter for Spring

You know that Spring has finally sprung in the Fraser Valley when the soccer fields are filled with cheering parents, birds are chirping and breathtaking cherry blossoms line the lush landscape.

While the outdoors may indicate a new season is upon us, one’s indoor living space may still feel like it’s stuck with a case of the winter blues.

Are toys taking up every square-foot of your living space? Are your dresser drawers bursting at the bolts with items you haven’t worn for years? Perhaps your pantry is filled with expired canned goods that need to be discarded? Are you avoiding downsizing out of fear that you have too much stuff and no place to put it?

For most of us, it’s not realistic to maintain a home in perfect order every moment of each day.  It can also be challenging to bid farewell to those mementos that we no longer use, but that still remind us of someone or some place special.

Fortunately, there are ways to clamp down on the clutter for a harmonious household. Also, one’s possessions shouldn’t keep them prisoner to a home they’re ready to move from.

Before beginning the annual tradition of spring cleaning, now’s the time to clear away unnecessary ‘stuff’ and get a head start on the busy entertaining season of grillin’ and chillin’. And for those who are planning to put their home on the market this summer and downsize, this helpful process will making moving to a smaller home more manageable.

Susan Borax and Heather Knittel of Good Riddance Professional Organizing Solutions have provided the following 5 tips on to rid your home of clutter for Spring.


1. Focus on One Room at a Time

Let’s face it, spring cleaning can seem like an overwhelming task — especially when you look at your home and see how much there is to do.

Rather than attempt to tackle everything at once, focus on just one room at a time. Don’t be pulled into several different directions or rooms; pick one and stick to it.


Groovy Marilyn, Flickr

Groovy Marilyn, Flickr

2. Start with Storage

If you have a storage area, pick that one first – if you clean this up, you create space that will allow you to effectively store pieces from other rooms as you go through and declutter them.


take or toss

3. A Helping Hand

Don’t try to do this alone – it is easy to get lost in the magnitude of the task or cling to the memories attached to some of the pieces. If you can, engage professional help. If you can’t afford that, ask a trusted friend or family member who will give you truthful (but kind) feedback and would question why you want to keep that lava lamp from the 1970s. Remember that scene on Sex and the City 2 when Carrie enlists the help of her favourite gal pals to decide which clothing pieces she should keep or toss? They certainly had plenty of laughs and no shortage of fun with their closet decluttering party. Who says decluttering has to be a chore? Certainly not these City gals!


4. Have Realistic Expectations

Don’t underestimate how much time it takes – getting rid of clutter won’t happen overnight. It takes time to do this right.




5. Get Help from the Pros

Whether you’re just wanting to get a head start on some spring cleaning, learn to tackle the clutter for good or stage your home in order to downsize, there’s a helpful and FREE information session coming to ‘the Valley’ that you don’t want to miss. This is also a great workshop for first-time home buyers who are looking at purchasing a compact condo or townhome.


On Tuesday, April 28th from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.,  Newmark Group, developers of Murrayville House, a 92-unit condominium property in Upper Murrayville, are hosting a free Downsizing Essentials Workshop.  Led by the experts at Good Riddance Professional Organization Solutions, participants will get professional tips and hints about staging your home for sale and downsizing. This free workshop will be held at the Murrayville House Show Home and Sales Centre at 220-230 22196 50th Avenue, in Langley. Participants will also receive a free copy of the great organizing book: Good Riddance – Showing Clutter the Door (a $14.95 value).
Seats are limited please register now so you don’t miss this excellent event! http://www.murrayvillehouse.com

In this workshop, Susan and Heather will walk through the steps required to downsize and get a home ready for sale. Topics will include:

  • How to save on moving costs by getting rid of excess possessions.
  • How to turn clutter into cash.
  • Resources for donating the stuff you don’t want.
  • How to edit your belongings to show your home for resale to its best advantage.
  • Simple, low-cost techniques to enhance the appearance of your home.
  • How to create great curb appeal.
  • Utilize what you already have to stage your property for resale.


Registration is required and seats are limited. To register, visit www.MurrayvilleHouse.com.
Murrayville House is a boutique, 92-unit condominium property in Langley’s heritage neighbourhood of Upper Murrayville. Prices for the homes start in the low $200,000 range. One year of free Internet and Optik TV is currently available for homebuyers. The Murrayville House Show Home and Sales Centre is open from 12 noon to 5 p.m. (except Friday), at 220-230 22196 50th Avenue, in Langley. Langley-based Newmark Group, headed by Mark Chandler, is the developer and builder of Murrayville House.

For more information please visit www.MurrayvilleHouse.com.



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One of Vancouver’s top Mom Bloggers, Kristyl Clark is a work-at-home mom of two little Valley girls proving there is nothing bland about the burbs. Her adventurous family seems to always be out on some sort of crazy quest, from helicopter rides and wild river rafting, to top-secret paranormal investigations and living the high-life sampling the fine wines and foods of the Fraser Valley region. The ValleyMom.ca blog inspires her loyal fanbase through the trials and tribulations of suburban family living, guiding readers to local hotspots and hidden gems in her Canadian backyard

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