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Tips for Spring cleaning from a professional organizer

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WEEK) -- 'Tis the season for Spring Cleaning.

Sarah Brent, a professional organizer in the Twin-Cities, said she sees an uptick of clients during the Springtime as people begin to move, downsize or try to get a fresh start.

When beginning to work with people looking to de-clutter she always has them create a checklist to make it easy to know what needs to be done and to provide a sense of accomplishment when items are crossed off it.

"Just to keep everything in one place so you know what you have to do. Usually just want to walk around to different rooms or areas of your house and write down everything that needs to be cleaned or repaired or de-cluttered," Brent said.

Starting off with the easiest or smallest rooms in your home and separating your items accordingly is a good way to get the ball rolling.

"We always suggest just using regular boxes to throw stuff for donations, recycle or garbage," she said.

If there are things you want to donate or sell you have plenty of options.

"We deal with a lot with clients that like to try to safe stuff for garage sales or what to sell or put stuff for free on Facebook Marketplace," she said.

"So that's a really good way to make back some of your money or if you don't want to physically drag everything to a donation center and you post stuff for free and people come and get it, it's really convenient."

Also, make sure to do your homework so you know the right way to get rid of the things you don't want or need.

"Go online and check with your local resources to see how to properly dispose of expired medications, household cleaners, electronics or even confidential papers. We usually save all that in a box and label it and stick it somewhere like a basement or garage until that collection time so you can drop it all off at once," Brent explained.

But most importantly give yourself time to get it all done.

"Just kind of take it a little bit at a time so you're not overwhelmed and creating a bigger mess for yourself," Brent said.

Stephanie Rodriguez

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