It’s time to tuck away boots and mittens. Open the windows. Find your picnic blanket. And if that last one proves problematic, maybe add a bit of spring cleaning to your list. Spring is a great time to clear out a bit of clutter, deep clean those often-ignored spots, and generally freshen up your space—whether that’s a closet, a room, an office, or your entire home. Eager for that clean spring feeling but need a little help getting there? We’ve got a roundup of some of the area’s best places to turn.
Clear out the Clutter
If you were curious about Marie Kondo’s Life-Changing Art of Tidying Up when it first came out but could never quite get to it, this is your chance. Jenny Albertini, a former US government diplomat, formed her home organization firm Declutter DC around the KonMari Method to create a service for home or office organizing. She also offers workshops and trainings. Serving: D.C. area.
Sometimes you need whole-house help. Sometimes, you need to focus on one trouble area (struggling with photo management, anyone?) In addition to offering general decluttering, renovation help and moving organization, Simplify You also has a team of specialists who can jump into those typical problem areas like a decluttering ninja. After all, wouldn’t it feel great to get a decades’ worth of photos organized before you add a hundred more this summer? Serving: Arlington and surrounding areas.
Clearing out clutter can be a very personal endeavor. We’re talking memories and mementoes and things we aren’t eager to part with. Mindful Decluttering brings a personalized approach to their work, styling a system for you so that you can feel good about the process, and keep it up when they’re gone. They even including decluttering of your schedule with time management help. If you’re out of the area, the team also offers virtual decluttering. Serving: Takoma and surrounding areas.
Call them for anything from carpet cleaning to same day/emergency service to regular cleanings. Serving: D.C. area.
For your home or your small business location, Mkclean offers one-time, weekly, semi-monthly and monthly cleaning options for everyone in the DMV. Serving: D.C., Md., Va.
Booking Green Maid, for a one-time cleaning or a regular occurrence, is easy with their online booking system. Serving: D.C., Md., Va.
Donate to a Good Cause
Donations to Martha’s Outfitters support stronger children, families, and community in the District. Donations accepted: clothing, housewares, tech
2114 14th St., NW,; 2204 Martin Luther King Ave., SE, 202-885-9613
The Twig Thrift Shop
The Junior Auxiliary of Inova Alexandria Hospital, The Twig is an organization of women dedicated to providing financial aid, volunteer service, and support to Alexandria Hospital. Donations accepted: clothes, shoes, jewelry, accessories, small furniture, kitchen goods, small kitchen appliances, sporting equipment, books.
106 N. Columbus St. (Alexandria, Va)
Montgomery County Thrift Shop
This charitable non-profit organization sells affordable used and vintage materials. Donations accepted: clothing, shoes, bedsheets, towels, jewelry, watches, musical instruments, home décor, books, games, screens.
7125 Wisconsin Ave. (Chevy Chase, Md)
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