3 Tips for organizing your spring clearing

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What is spring clearing? Is it a typo? I attended the Association of Professional Declutterers and Organizers annual conference in London England a couple of years ago.  It was enlightening to learn and share organizing ideas with Professional Organizers from England, Scotland, Wales, Netherlands, Japan, Dubai and the United States.  This is where I picked up the phrase “Spring Clearing”.

If spring clearing happens first then spring cleaning is much faster. Click To Tweet

Start with clearing out the items that are:


They are the easiest to let go of but may be hard to get transported to the waste depot.  If you can’t take them yourself can call a junk removal company or make a trade with a friend or neighbour.  They can take your things to the dump and you can ….. bake a pie, mow their lawn, help with their gardening, and have them over for supper…..


There are things that you might not have used in a while, your children have outgrown playing with certain toys, you have a new one and you can let go of an older model of the same item, or interests and hobbies have changed……. Take these items to thrift stores or call and see if they will pick up your donations. Learn more about decluttering.

Want them but don’t need them

This group of items is hard to let go of.  Try to let go of 2 or 3 items that have some sentimental value but you don’t need and you don’t have space for them.  It takes time and practice to be able to let go of these things.  With time it will get easier and you will enjoy having fewer things that are taking up space that you can use in a new way opening up new and exciting adventures in your life.

Here is a video of my adventure doing spring clearing.

A flood started the clearing process and then I just continued deciding what things were around my home that I didn’t need.
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If you need information on where to donate and recycle items send me your email address and I will send you a 9-page resource document.

Julie Stobbe is a Trained Professional Organizer and Lifestyle Organizing Coach who brings happiness to homes and organization to offices, in person and virtually. She has been working with clients since 2006 to provide customized organizing solutions to suit their individual needs and situation. She uses her love of physical activity to reduce clutter, in your home, office, mind and time. If you’re in a difficult transition Julie can coach you to break-free of emotional clutter constraining you from living life on your terms. Get started by downloading Tips for Reorganizing 9 Rooms.

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  1. Janet Barclay on April 5, 2018 at 4:54 am

    Thanks for posting your video! It’s encouraging to know that even the pros accumulate clutter from time to time.

    • Julie Stobbe on April 22, 2018 at 2:58 pm

      It was fun making it. Thankfully that stage was completed and everything is gone.

  2. Olive Wagar on April 26, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    How exciting to attend the conference in London!! Nice video! I’m guessing you were glad when all those items left for good. Time to enjoy extra space!!

    • Julie Stobbe on April 26, 2018 at 8:53 pm

      London was a lot of fun. It is always interesting to see what Professional Organizing is like in other countries how they think and how they run their businesses. It was good feeling to start moving things out of the house that I had been keeping for my children when they were moving and in university. Now there is no need to keep “supplies” on hand for them.

  3. Pam Mirehouse on May 4, 2018 at 9:49 am

    I love that you give out ideas on how to deal with the donations and recycling Julie – such a great resource! Do you have a list anywhere of environmentally friendly places that take our stuff? Thank you!

  4. Mộc Miên on June 19, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    thanks for sharing

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