Thursday, June 18, 2015

Mid-year Cleaning: What to Keep/Keep/Ditch


No doubt denying it: June has definitely arrived! Although it mostly signifies school, weddings and unmarked boxes on your bucket list this year, the sixth month of the year is actually the perfect time to do your mid-year cleaning. 

Similar to the practice of spring cleaning in temperate countries, mid-year cleaning is the Philippines’ version of thorough house cleaning. June is the perfect month to do this because summer has just ended, but the rainy season hasn’t really started yet. With the kids in school and the weather quite agreeable, cleaning in June is quite timely.

If you’ve never done it before, then now is the time to start this habit that is quite beneficial in the long run. But how do you do it, really? Where do you even start? For first timers (and even for those who’ve been doing this for a while now), here is a list of things to keep (as in on display), keep (as in pack away) and ditch for your mid-year decluttering:

Keep: (as in keep it on display)

Souvenirs from your summer trips. Reminisce the awesome summer you’ve had by always looking at these small trinkets.
Umbrellas, raincoats and rain boots. With the rainy season almost upon us, having these items handy is a must.
Books. School has started, and getting kids to read more books is always a good thing.
Heavier mats, curtains and bedclothes. Gone are the days for breezy linen and cloth.  Prepare for the cold bed weather with thicker bed sheets, blankets and comforters.

Keep: (as in pack away or store)

Those Christmas ornaments. These should have been packed away waaaay before summer started.
That summer salbabida and other summer stuff. Rid your house of the dregs of summer because nobody will be using these items for a while.

Ditch: (as in throw away)

Old bottles, cans and boxes  and those folders and folders of old documents
“Sentimental” summer “memorabilia” (yes, we are looking at you, candy wrapper you ate at Boracay)
Anything that might contribute to flooding in your area and may cause sickness or harm

It can be very difficult to part with items in our garages or attics, but remember that maintaining our homes should be number 1 on our lists when thinking of the stormy weather ahead.


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