Here comes the sun and margaritas, but before you can dive in you need to shake the dust from the curtains. Spring cleaning in a small space doesn’t have to be a pain. Use these simple strategies to make sure spring cleaning is a breeze this year.

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Get inspired. Replace, old moldy sponges with new ones. We especially love Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. It’s important to pick a cleaner that’s hard on germs, but easy on the environment. Mrs. Meyers has some super fun scents like Rosemary, Red Clover, and Lavender. Grab them on Amazon or buy in bulk on Boxed.

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Tackle every closet. Pro tip: start by emptying your entire closet out. Clean out any dust bunnies that might be lurking in the corners. Sort items into 3 piles: toss, donate, and keep. One by one, put items back neatly. If you hesitate on an item, leave it out to the end and decide if you really need to hold on to it. Chances are, if you haven’t used it in a while, you probably don’t need it. Need an extra hand (or four)? We got you. Get in touch to book a spring organizing session.

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Toss the old stuff. Head over to the kitchen pantry and check expiration dates and toss that nearly full jar of curry paste from 2012. If you’re turbo busy, consider signing up for a weekly meal delivery service like Blue Apron, so you get only the fresh, measured ingredients you need for a meal.

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Switch out wardrobes. Rising summer temperatures call for switching out your winter coats and sweaters to shorts and swimsuits.  Drop leather and snow boots off at the cobbler to be cleaned and resoled, and send winter coats to the dry cleaners. Pack away winter clothes in their designated vacuum pack storage bags, and hang up your summer clothes.

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Donate. After decluttering your spaces (whew!), donate all gently used items to an organization that will put your goods to great use. We love Dress for Success and The Relief Boutique for any business clothing you are looking to donate. For furniture, kitchen items, non-business clothing, and just about anything else, contact Salvation Army or Vietnam Veterans of America, who offer free pick ups and online scheduling.

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Go digital. Gather all paper piles together in one large area. Sort through and scan any important paperwork onto your computer then file away somewhere safe. Recycle and shred anything you don’t need, especially those out of date newspapers and magazines that you’ll never read. Going paperless takes away clutter from your physical space and helps the environment.

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Outsource. Shampooing and steaming rugs, cleaning curtains, washing windows, and scrubbing baseboards are all necessities for a thorough spring cleaning. Book the professionals to handle the heavy stuff. We love our friends at New York’s Little Elves who offer specialty cleaning services.

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What other spring cleaning in a small space tips and tricks do you have? Tell us @getGYST.

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