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Your life, in order: Spring into organizing

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By Sandra Lane
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 5:59 p.m.

It finally feels as if spring is approaching. And with that comes spring cleaning.

This deep cleaning ritual is a fine opportunity to review which items are needed throughout the home. If you take the time to “edit” your home now, you will have less to clean in the end.

Home office

• Purge older documents or move them into archive files to free up active file space.

• Review magazines and catalogs. Use magazine holders to store your favorites, but consider ways to cut back by canceling subscriptions or ordering online.


• When cleaning out the refrigerator, freezer and pantry, toss out old, unused or unwanted goods.

• Have you acquired an excess of kitchen towels, dishcloths and rags? These items could be taking up needed drawer space in your kitchen.

• How about those gadgets, appliances and tools that you thought were going to be the next best thing? If you do not use them, then you do not need to keep them or continue to clean them.

• Take a peek in your junk drawer and toss out unnecessary multiples and items that do not belong but somehow find their way in there.

Great room

Go through VHS tapes, DVDs, books and games. The Sewickley Public Library takes these items as donations.

Play spaces

Sort through toys, videos and gaming items. If your children have outgrown something or lost interest, consider donating those items to your favorite charity.


• Take a close look in your medicine cabinet and first-aid kit. Toss out expired medication and unused prescriptions. The Sewickley Police Department will accept all expired and unused prescriptions.

• Don't forget your makeup bag. Beauty experts suggest keeping makeup six months to one year to avoid bacteria build up.


I always encourage folks to store off-season clothes in a bin. This will allow you to assess your wardrobe each time there is a season change. Before you make the clothes switch, ask yourself these qualifying questions: Do I love it? Do I look good in it? Is it in style? Will I wear it? Have I worn it in the last two years? If you've answered, “No,” then it should go.

When removing any of the unwanted items mentioned above, please consider responsible disposal options: Recycle, shred, repurpose and donate.

Sandra Lane offers organizing services for residents and businesses in the Sewickley area. She can be reached at, 412-841-7169 or

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