Spring Cleaning is synonymous with deep cleaning. Since I do deep cleaning in my house as needed, Spring Organizing is more my thing. This is a time of year to renew and refresh. It is a time to take stock of things and feel like a breath of fresh air has moved through your house. Spring organizing over the course of a few weeks so it’s not overwhelming.
Top 5 Areas for Spring Organizing
This is the most organized area of my house. I love having a really organized closet.
- Go through winter clothes and pull out anything you didn’t wear to donate or sell.
- Review Spring/Summer clothes. Get rid of anything out of style.
- Dust off shoulders of jackets, shoe shelves, etc…
- For a pretty closet organize everything by color and item type.
- Linen closet – wash all linens and refold. Get rid of any linens you don’t need.
- Front hall closet/mud room – pull everything out, put things away that don’t belong there and clean.
- Clothing drawers – Take everything out and refold. Wash as necessary. Get rid of things that you don’t want.
- Kids drawers – take out anything that doesn’t fit. If you do hand me downs from one kid to the next that don’t immediately get used, put those in a bin in the garage.
- Junk drawer(s) – take everything out and put it where it belongs.
- Food – throw out expired food in the refrigerator and pantry. Throw out or donate things that no one is going to eat. Clean the shelves and put everything back neatly.
- Kitchen tools – do you have any appliances you never use – hello bread maker! Get rid of it. For everything you want to keep, get things put back where they should go.
- It’s always good to refresh some items that get worn like kitchen mitts, dish towels, sharpen knives, new spatulas, non-stick pans that are getting worn out, etc…
- Review what you have on the counter. Do you need it there or could it be put away?
- Pull out anything in your file drawers that is more than a year old and put it into long term storage. I have 3 small bins that hold the requisite 7 years of tax returns/papers.
- File all the papers that have been sitting around. Throw out or shred any junk mail or expired things.
- Throw out old pens, organize drawers with tape, staples, paper clips, etc… and dust.
- First – get rid of anything you don’t need. Have a garage sale, put it on Craigslist, EBay or donate it. After a garage sale is over, donate whatever doesn’t sell. Do not put items back.
- Use a system. Mine is with plastic bins and metro shelves.
- If you have boxes – you need to go through each one. Remove everything from the box, put important things in a labeled bin (i.e. Sports Equipment, Kids Clothes, Garden, Electrical Things, Halloween, etc…) and throw out or donate the rest.
- Take anything that’s loose in the garage and put it in bins.
- On the metro shelves, put the bins away in sections. I have all holiday stuff in one area, household things like paint and tools in another area and so on.
- Sweep or vacuum and enjoy you newly organized garage!