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Spring Cleaning Hacks  – Applying The 80/20 Rule

Spring cleaning your house after the long winter spell can be  something of a Herculean task.

You will have to put away the Christmas decorations, the cold weather gear and the other implements of the past few months.

The first few weeks of spring are usually spent organizing stuff back in closets and cabinets, ensuring that your home is ready to face the next season with gusto. For most homeowners, this is also the time when they go through their stuff to determine what should be kept and what should be given away.

Applying the 80/20 rule

Sorting out your home things can be a little difficult if you simply dive into the cleaning and sorting without a plan of action in mind. What standards should you adopt to decide whether or not to keep certain items? How do you put your Christmas decorations back into their respective boxes? Should you go buy another chest of drawers to store your shoes in?

Formulating the appropriate answers for all these questions requires having a strategy that will help you deal with your home clutter. The good news is that there is a sound business management approach that you can easily apply to your spring cleaning efforts. It’s called the Pareto efficiency, otherwise known as the 80/20 rule or the imbalance principle.

Originally an economic theory, the Pareto principle is meant to explain why 80% of a nation’s wealth is concentrated in only 20% of the population. This peculiar approach subsequently became famous when it was found to be applicable to business organizations as well.

The idea behind the Pareto principle is that your 100% effort will not necessarily yield 100% results. In fact, you can achieve as much as 80% by just using 20% effort.

The trick is to pinpoint that elusive 20% component that will help you maximize what you actually put in, so that even if you only exert a little effort, you’ll still see substantial results.

Separate The Important

Going back to spring cleaning, the Pareto principle can be especially helpful as you choose what things you should actually retain in your cabinets and drawers. Pick out 20% of the stuff that you really, really want to keep, then throw away or donate or sell the rest.

Clutter can pile up faster than you manage them, and if you’re not very vigilant, you’ll soon be living in a home filled with mostly junk. As soon as you have the time, you should go through your things and determine if each item is still serviceable, important, clean or valuable.

Of course, there are certain objects that you absolutely cannot let go of, such as your ratty stuffed elephant from your childhood, or the frayed scrapbook from the summer you spent abroad, or your first few LP records. These items deserve shelf space throughout the years. However, other things like three different potato peelers or five reams of yellowed bond paper have to be scrutinized more closely to determine their actual value to you.

Liven Up Your Living Spaces

Once you’ve already cleared out most of your drawers, cabinets, shelves, and closets, you now have the luxury of deciding how you want to rearrange everything back. There will definitely be empty spaces where stuff used to be, so you can infuse your home decor with a little more creativity and spirit.

Clutter makes it hard for a homeowner to envision his home as a personal sanctuary, because you tend to just maximize every available space for storage and safekeeping for all your junk. When you have open spaces to work with, you can plan where to put every single knickknack and chair. You can play with colors and lighting and texture. You can even choose to keep the space empty.

If in the past you never thought that you’ll be able to put your interior decorating skills to good use, this is the best opportunity for you to brush up on your long-buried techniques. Think about how you want your home look like once all the renovation and the furniture rearranging and the re-wallpapering is finished.

Do Something With The Junk

Finally, don’t just throw away the things you don’t want to keep in your home anymore. Some of these items may still fetch a good price in the second-hand market. Perhaps there’s a used goods store in the neighborhood that will take your items for resale. You can try your luck in the online marketplaces such as eBay; you never know if there are people who are willing to pay money for what you would otherwise just throw into the trash bin.

Alternatively, you can do a good deed with your unwanted stuff by giving them away to others who can still find a use for them. Your old fishing gear might still be patched up and used during somebody else’s camping trip. Your collection of empty perfume bottles can be turned into an elegant work of art.

Recycling and reusing your junk will not just help you earn a little extra income through your spring cleaning project as well as free up much-needed spaces in your home. You will also be able to contribute towards the environmental conservation efforts being made today because your items are not being thrown straight into the garbage dumps.

Of course if you still cant face the big clean up and clear out you could always hire a cleaning service near you.

Article Written For Zippy Carpet Cleaning

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