Ten Helpful Tips to Help You De-Clutter Your Home During Springtime

SILVER SPRING, MD (April 23 2012) -- Spring is the perfect opportunity to tackle the clutter you have accumulated over time.  It seems like an overwhelming task, but not if you follow some basic getting-started tips. "De-cluttering is a great annual spring cleaning ritual," said Kim McMahon, co-owner of Let's Organize/ Let's Move, an organization and move management company that works with Riderwood retirement community's  marketing team to help prospective residents de-clutter and downsize. Here are helpful ten tips to place you on the path to de-cluttering your home: 1.  Start small.  Do a little every day. Set a timer, starting with just 20 minutes a day. 2.  Gift it. Do you have family treasures that need to find their way to the next generation? Why not gift those items? Have a party! Place your items on your dining room table for friends and family to take. 3.  Be generous. Donate immediately.  If you are not using something, let it go. Don't hold onto those "what if" moments. If you need a soup tureen once a year, borrow one from a friend. Ask yourself, "Do I love it?" and "Could someone else benefit from it?" 4. Create a memory book. Save your mementos by selectively telling your story in a scrapbook. Select family photos, scraps of fabric from a favorite dress, and historical documents for your book. 5. Use it up. Discipline yourself to use up items before buying more. Replace makeup every six months. Plan menus based on the expiration dates of your canned goods. 6. Shred as you go. Always shred your yearly taxes. It's important to shred documents containing your social security number or any personal account numbers. 7. You are not an E-Z Storage. Give your children a deadline to clear out everything they still have stored in your home. They should be responsible for their own de-cluttering. 8.  Adopt a replacement policy. If something new comes in, something old goes out. If you buy a new shirt, donate an old one. 9.  Use the good stuff. Why save your wedding china only for company? Use it every day to free up cabinet space for other uses, like a new cookbook for recipes utilizing your almost expired canned food! 10. Ask for help. Don't be shy; if you still feel overwhelmed, find a professional organizer to get you started and establish systems you can follow daily, monthly and every spring. For more information, contact the Riderwood marketing office at 301-572-1300.