February is a hard month. Especially in cold climates. Maybe it’s just me – but I doubt it. It’s a cold and cranky time.
With all the crankiness, my mind seeks out peaceful and helpful solutions. Of course, that includes cleaning and tidying! It’s def Psych 101 – when feeling out of sorts/control – we look to control our environment. If I can make my environment calm, simple and joyful without clutter, then it’s easier to work on my inner mind. Come February, I am eagerly anticipating March: I want to do spring cleaning, I want more sun.
In preparation for Spring and spring cleaning I gather my supplies. I like to always have a few natural cleaning products on hand: Baking soda, white vinegar, peppermint or lavender oil to mix in for cleaning counters, Seventh Generation dish soap.
I’ve discovered plastic free laundry detergent! This is a revelation. No more huge bulky jugs that ruin the environment. Check out this quick where-and-what to buy on laundry sheets or tablets that are eco-friendly.
Often when people think about professional organizers, they think about storage solutions such as the Container Store. One thing I love about the Marie Kondo technique is the idea that once you declutter thoroughly by following her method of removing everything then deciding what to keep by what sparks joy – storage then organically appears. You now have less and your need for storage is less. If after tidying you need storage and want to avoid plastic containers, consider Felt storage cubes. They are sustainable and cheap.
But sometimes, we need just one more piece of light furniture to help us store and organize things like purses, bags, shoes and hanging clothes. I really like this do-it all piece from Umbra:
The bellwood garment rack. It’s affordable, modern and clean looking!
Reach out if you need help organizing - my services are 25% off all Winter! And I get a nice discount at the Container Store that I would love to pass on.
“In essence, tidying ought to be the act of restoring balance among people, their possessions, and the house they live in.” Marie Kondo