Professional organizer Krista Colvin offers the following tips for spring organizing. To contact her, call 921-2843, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or browse her website at www.kristacolvin.com.
Give yourself some guidelines: Decide where the castoffs will go. Consider a local charity, a yard sale, consignment options or Craigslist.
Take five minutes: Do a “dash and dump” run to the garbage and recycling, or a “dash and donate” to a local charity. Five minutes can also be spent doing a general pick-up and clean-up session.
Start your organizing in the kitchen pantry: The pantry is an easy place to start because there are only choices for items are to keep, toss or donate. * Look through your linen closet: Keep only two sets of sheets per bed, and possibly a third set if you change out to flannel for the winter. Share the overflow with charities such as the Community Warehouse. www.communitywarehouse.org.
Organize your bathroom drawer: Toss old makeup and hair products you never use or don’t like.