It’s starting to warm up in parts of the US, and with spring weather comes spring cleaning, so this week, we’re taking a look at ways to make your clean-out more effective.


First thing’s first - put the winter weather gear away. Puffy jackets, boots, snow suits and skis take up a ton of space, so the sooner you can put it in the attic or the basement, the sooner you’ll start to declutter your house.


Next, make a plan for each room, and finish a room at a time before moving onto the next one. Starting a project in one room, and then moving onto something else is a great way to make sure that project wont get done this spring, or maybe even next spring.


Focus on taking out trash that’s accumulated, donating clothes you either don’t wear or don’t fit into, and put away any seasonal items.


Also, pay attention to the small things that make a big difference. Door mats have collected dirt, salt and all kinds of other crud over the winter, so rinse them out, or use a leaf blower to get rid of the dirt.


Don’t forget about ceiling fans that have collected dust over the winter. There’s nothing worse than turning the fan on the first warm day of the year, and getting a face full of dust.


Go through your junk drawer in the kitchen. C’mon, we all have one… But now is a good time to get rid of those keys to your old office, cancelled checks and expired packs of gum.


And finally, toys. Your kids have grown, and so have their tastes, so it’s time to purge the toys they no longer play with, and even the clothes and shoes they don’t fit into anymore.


Don’t be too brutal - you still need things in your house, but try and let go of the ones that don’t serve a purpose, or bring you joy.