Spring cleaning may get more of the hype, but I would argue that spring organizing is
even more important.
When your belongings are neat and tidy, your whole home feels cleaner and more inviting, and daily life is easier and more pleasant.
- Clear out any lingering winter boots and mittens, unread stacks of mail and anything else that doesn’t belong.
- Add enough hooks, shelves and baskets to hold your belongings when you come in the door.
- If you have a drawer near your entrance, place a drawer organizer inside to keep small items neat, and be sure to have a recycling bin within reach for tossing junk mail.
- Move the hardest-working tools (wooden spoons, tongs) front and center, and get rid of seldom-used single-purpose tools.
- Reshuffle your cabinet contents to move less frequently used items and entertaining supplies to the highest shelves and least-accessible areas, and your everyday basics within easy reach.
- Find a casserole dish that belongs to a friend? Aunt Sally’s serving spoons? Make a pile of to-return items and bring it to your car.
- Recycle old, empty containers, and ditch
any laundry products you don’t like, to make some space.
- Decanting laundry supplies into other containers is not necessary to create a lovely, organized space — just corral the assorted co
ntainers on a tray or in a bin. This serves the double purpose of looking nice and making it easier
to move everything aside to clean.
- Add a triple-sorter laundry basket to help avoid the dreaded laundry-room-floor pileup.
- Give each family member an individual basket so you can keep clothes separated, making it easier to sort afterward.
- If you’ve been accumulating bedding and towels for years without getting rid of any old sets, chances are you have more than you need. Two or three sets of sheets per bed, and two sets of towels per person (more if you have avid swimmers in the house), plus an extra set for guests, are generally plenty.
- Choose the best and donate the rest — and if your old linens are in very bad shape, drop them in a textile recycling bin rather than the trash.
Tip: Keep piles of towels and sheets from toppling over by using a shelf divider and tucking each set of sheets inside a pillowcase. Store small items (like extra toiletries) inside labeled cloth-covered storage boxes.
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