Spring Cleaning - tips & tricks to get it all out

It’s about that time. The time you can open the windows, turn off the heat, and just breathe fresh air. I don’t know about you, but I live for these moments. It’s also that time to start spring cleaning. It’s just something about opening up those windows that just make you want to clean. Am I right?

I still remember growing up and doing our spring cleaning and getting the trash bags out and the boxes that would eventually be moved to the basement. I am pretty sure I might still have some boxes at my parent’s house to be honest (maybe an item on my cleaning list this year).

I wanted to share with you some of the tips I use to get it all out. How to spring clean, if you will. This will help you get it all out, but keep your sanity while doing it.

Tip #1: Make a Storage, Donate and/or Garage Sale and Toss box

This is the lifesaver. I use this tip any time I am doing deep cleaning. I use storage for seasonal items, family heirlooms, things I am not ready to part with, and maybe even some things that I can give to others.

Donate and/or Garage sale box is more for the things that you don’t want anymore but someone else could breathe life into. My family is really big into this almost every other year. I live out in the middle of nowhere so it doesn’t work well for me at my home, but I take my stuff to my parent’s when their neighborhood has their annual garage sale.

The thing you have to realize is that you must use garage sale prices. I can’t tell you how many times people will comment on that to me at my parent’s house. They will always tell me that we are the only ones they see having “real garage sale prices.” You are not looking to make much money off of these things. If you don’t think a resale store would take it, you need to mark it REALLY low.

Now let’s say you do go to a resale store and they don’t take some things. Go to another one and if you think you can get SOMETHING out of it. Put it into storage until you can do a garage sale.

Anything left after the garage sale, donate it. You can also do this anytime of the year if a garage sale is not an option or you just wanted to donate. Look into multiple different places that take this besides just Goodwill. They are great, but there are multiple other places you can look into that just aren’t advertised as much.

Tip #2: As you are moving things around, DUST!!

I cannot tell you how much I gross myself out by seeing things that need dusted when I move things around. I mean, I try to get to it when I am dusting, but some are either hard to reach or you just don’t think about. Like your cabinet drawers or maybe even around some books you NEVER look at (maybe that’s a sign to move the books to storage or donate).

Some places to also look out for that don’t typically get much attention is inside your kitchen cabinets, the “junk drawer,” behind furniture and appliances, and behind anything that sits stationary (desktop computer, phones, decorative baskets, decorations, etc.).

Tip #3: Don’t do too much at once to overwhelm yourself. Do a few rooms at a time.

This one I do all the time. I like to think that somehow it is possible to do the whole house in a weekend. I am very ambitious and it’s not very realistic unless I had a tribe of people helping me. Try a few rooms at a time. That way you can thoroughly go through everything instead of rushing just to get it done. If one room is really big, you can make these into smaller tasks. For example, I do my closet at a different time than the rest of my room because I get too overwhelmed.

I typically start with my room and then work my way down to the main living spaces and then to the basement. I do recommend doing anything with paper documents on a separate day from anything else so that way you can really look into it and come up with a good filing system and see what is super important and what is not.

Tip #4: Don’t buy anything new until you have gone through everything. If you need organizational items, look around your house first before buying something new.

This one is hard for me. I am ALL about the organizational things. I frequent the Office Depot and Target office supply area often. However, you need to look at other things you might already own around the house. I cannot tell you many times I get done cleaning the house and find 5 extra binders, 20,000 file racks, and 1,000,000 storage boxes. So I really don’t need to buy anything else and just use the things that I already have in the house.

Now, if I can go through EVERY room and can’t find anything then I can go make a list to buy things. And yes, make a list. It will help you not get “shiny object” syndrome. That is my problem, I want everything!

Now that you have these tips in place, get ready to organize your house this spring! Let me know if you have any other tips & tricks I can add to this list! Also, send me photos of your hard work after you are done cleaning. I can’t wait to see them all.

Fun ideas to get out of the house in the spring

I have decided to compile a list of ideas to get you out of the house for springtime. Winter is officially gone and it is time to get outside. Here are some fun ideas you can use to have some fun (and even possibly use for a fun lifestyle session).

1. Blow bubbles
2. Plant flowers
3. Fly a kite
4. Feed ducks at the pond/lake
5. Draw with chalk on sidewalk
6. Skip stones on water
7. Backyard hotdog roast
8. Go on a hike
9. Picnic
10. Play on the playground
11. Wash the car
12. Ride bikes
13. Play in puddles
14. Climb a tree
15. Mini golf
16. Canoeing
17. Neighborhood cleanup
18. Bug Catching
19. Horseback riding
20. Play a sport

 

How to use nature as your props: Spring Edition

Props can be fun for photos, but not everyone thinks of what would make good props. Unless you have a specific announcement or have a little one with their favorite toy, it is hard to come up with something. Plus, you should only use them in some of your photos. I am here to give you some ideas to use your surroundings to help with great props. 

1. Flowers

Springtime means there are LOTS of them out. On trees, in bushes, on the ground, you name it, they are there. You can use them by holding them, placing them in your hair, hiding behind them, and so on. 

2. Trees

This is one of my favorite ones, as I have used this in my one photos. You can use the branches as a cool textural item as well as holding on to them. You can also use the tree itself as something to lean on. 

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3. Bushes

Also, one of my favorites. If you ever hear the upcoming quote from me, it is because a photographer that has taken my photographs. "Forever shoving people into bushes." Not literally, but it works as a fantastic background. The way it surrounds you honestly looks AMAZING. The proof is in the photo. 

4. Puddles

This may get a little messy but using mud or water puddles can be super cute when it comes to lifestyle types of photos. It shows a fun atmosphere and can be very playful. 

Just a few of these can really make a difference in your photographs and can be used as alternatives for obvious props. 

More than just a mini session is great when it comes to spring photos

Spring photos will be here before you know it. I cannot tell you why I am so excited for that time to come. It's not just for the photos either. I am listing some great reasons you can use a mini session this spring. 

1. To get some fresh air 

A mini session is 30 minutes and that can garuntee at least that amount of time outside in the fresh air. Time to get all of that winter, stuffy air out of the lungs and breath in some spring air. 

2. SUNSHINE!

Sunshine has plenty of vitamin D that can soak into your skin. Vitamin D intake helps your body absorb calcium, which helps in bone growth and to keep your bones strong. It also has some help in your moods as well as helps the immune system and neuromuscular system. 

3. New, fresh photos

Spring is a great time to get some new photos because it is the first time of the year that it is nice enough outside to get your photos updated. Plus, it helps you look forward to the summer time (when you may or may not have much time to take the new photos).

These are just some reasons to use when you are thinking about getting some new photos for the spring time.