When you’re getting ready to do your Spring cleaning, it doesn’t just involve scrubbing everything down. It also includes de-cluttering your home and getting it more organized. Use these 10 smart ideas to “spring ahead” into the new, warmer season!
1. Sort & Store Your Magazines. Use decorative magazine holders or racks to store magazines and brochures that you are currently reviewing. They come in a variety of materials from mesh to recycled plastic. Most people have magazines they aren’t actively retrieving, and those can be stored in clear bins. The bins should be kept in concealed areas since you most likely don’t need to have immediate access to them.
2. Corral Umbrellas in One Place. Make sure you have an umbrella stand or hooks to hang umbrellas in one designated area of your home. The holder should be rust resistant if it’s holding wet umbrellas. You can have a simple storage solution for umbrellas, or you can use something fancy that doubles as decor.
3. Hide the Necessary Clutter. We all have things in our homes that we store in visible areas that aren’t meant to be prominently displayed. When you deal with small areas that have eye sores you want to conceal, place larger decorative items in front of them. If there is a larger area you’d like to block out, you can use a standing screen.
4. Find a Spring Tote Bag. Get a stylish tote bag that represents Spring to you. Pack the tote with books, electronics, children’s stuff, and warm weather items you want to transport with you in your car. Leave the bag somewhere close to your front door so you remember to bring it with you when you leave home.
5. Create a Spring-Cleaning Bucket. To facilitate more efficient spring-cleaning, stock basic cleaning items in a bucket. They may include: glass-cleaner and vinegar-based sprays, gloves, sponge and scrub brushes, toothbrush, washcloths and small towels. The bucket can be toted into each room that you work in.
6. Record Expiration Dates. To make sure you’re on top of the dates things will expire in your home, use labels to remind yourself. Write the labels or print self-adhesive ones that you attach to: appliances that have warranties, water filter systems (like Brita), boxes or manuals for appliances, cartons and jars in your fridge, and other relevant items.
7. Preserve Your Stored Clothing. Use cedar or lavender to protect clothing made of wool or animal fibers from moths. Store wool and cashmere sweaters in sealed sweater boxes or vacuum-sealed space bags. Wool coats and furs can be stored in garment bags that zip up. Make sure to wash and dry-clean clothes before they are packed away to remove any moth eggs that have been laid on the clothing.
8. De-clutter Pots, Pans & Lids. Nesting pots and pans is the easiest way to store them. Lids can be trickier to organize, but there are many storage solutions. They can be hung on towel bars on the inside a cupboard or pantry door, or your can purchase lid organizers. There are many retail and DIY ideas on Pinterest, like these: http://bit.ly/1FcE5XK
9. Make a Spring Gardening Checklist. Create a list of the tools you will need if you do Spring gardening. The list could include: gloves, sun hat, trowel, soil, fertilizer, seeds, etc. Post this list in the area you store all of your tools so you can make sure you collect everything you need before you go outside.
10. Prepare for Blooming Flowers. Gather your favorite vases in one storage area so you have them ready to place flowers in. If you have your own garden, you can cut your own flowers and arrange them into some of the vases. Those of you don’t have a garden can purchase flower bouquets from your local florist and display them around your home.