Your Spring Cleaning Survival Guide

Happy almost spring! The sprinkling of warm days recently has provided a much-needed mood boost and a welcome reminder that spring is on the way. While the weather is still a bit cold and damp, why not get a jump on your spring cleaning?

For me, spring cleaning is not just breaking out the Windex and clearing out the dust bunnies. It’s a chance to reorganize, declutter, and purge baby purge!

To help you get started, we’ve created a Spring Cleaning Survival Guide. It includes tips for tidying, a list of organizations for donating household items, and – for the truly adventurous – an introduction to a professional organizer!


Photo by Bonnie Sen for Arlington Home Interiors


Step 1: The Magic Book

I read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up a couple of years ago and still use her tips today. If you haven’t read it, order it or borrow it from a friend today. If you have read it, you may want to browse through it again. The book provides a holistic approach to de-cluttering. Keeping things interesting with chapters like “If you’re mad at your family, your room may be the cause” it’s an insightful and sometimes surprising read. Plus, it’s really short.



Step 2: Donations That Make A Difference

After you’ve read that magical book mentioned above, you’ll absolutely be ready to purge stuff. Here’s a list of local non-profit organizations that will find a welcoming home for the items you no longer need.



Community Forklift: If you’re planning an upcoming renovation consider donating your building materials (think countertops, appliances, lighting fixtures) to Community Forklift. This nonprofit reuse center keeps millions of pounds of building materials out of the landfill. (Pick-up services can be arranged.)

A Wider Circle: Donate your gently used furniture and household items to A Wider Circle and help families in the Washington, D.C. area transitioning out of homeless situations. It’s a great organization that’s been recognized by The Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington as a leading area charity. (Pick-up services can be arranged.)

Lupus America Household Goods Donation Program: Help benefit the Lupus Foundation of America’s research, education, and support services by donating your gently used clothing and household items. (Pick-up services can be arranged.)


Step 3: Call In The Pros

If you’re just too busy (or too overwhelmed) to tackle the clutter, consider the services of a professional organizer. In just a few short hours, a professional organizer will assess your needs, put a custom system in place, and – most importantly – teach you how to stay clutter-free. I personally recommend C. Lee Cawley and her team at Simplify You – voted the Best Professional Organizer by Arlington Magazine readers in 2018. I love C. Lee for her kindness and great attitude – plus she gets the job done!



A clean and clutter-free space will reduce your stress, prepare you for any home projects you plan to tackle this year, and help you get outside (guilt-free) when the warmer temperatures are here to stay. Roll up your sleeves. You got this!


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Principal Designer + CEO | Arlington Home Interiors
Suzanne is a DC-area native who lives in Arlington with her husband Mark, two children, a reclusive cat and a sweet rescue dog. After earning a B.S. in Graphic Design from the University of Maryland, she focused her artistic energies in top creative positions for Britches of Georgetowne and Time-Life Entertainment. WIth the birth of child number two, Suzanne decided it was time for a little self re-invention, so she founded Arlington Home Interiors. Interior design proved to be the perfect outlet for her talents, allowing her to share her love of design with others by creating beautiful living spaces for busy families. Her off-the-clock list of interests is a long one, including; encouraging regular family adventures, exploring new cities, trying new restaurants, browsing art galleries, practicing yoga, and taking long hikes with that previously mentioned sweet dog.

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