The days start to grow longer, the green grass starts to reveal itself from beneath the white and the wind is once again filled with bird song. These are just some of the telltale signs that spring has arrived. It is often a time of frenetic activity, as winter is done away with and the world prepares to bask in the warm promise of summer.
Spring cleaning is a time to open the windows and doors to free the dust of winter. It’s the perfect time to roll up your sleeve, get everything shining bright, and change overall your seasonal storage. Of course, the constant change can also lead to a fair bit of chaos, as you realize just how much more you need to get straightened and keep straightened.
If you are staring at the bright shining promise of a spring cleaning adventure, you might want to tap into a few of the following tips to get your home organized and keep it organized for all the exciting months ahead.
Spring Cleaning & Organizing In The Entryway
The entryway or foyer of your home is the first thing that guests see when they visit your home. So getting and keeping your entryway organized is a critical step in any spring cleaning endeavor. The process starts with getting all of your winter boots, coats, and cold weather items out. Then you can assess what you need to make room for all the spring and summer items your entryway will need to hold.
If necessary, you might want to add:
- Hooks for windbreakers and spring jackets
- Shoe racks for sandals and tennis shoes
- Hangers for lightweight items and sarongs
- A drawer or a special place for keys
Spring Organizing For Kitchen & Pantry
The truth is our food preferences also change with the seasons. Most people are not drinking hot cocoa when it’s 75 degrees and sunny. Taking the time to get all those winter food items out of your kitchen and pantry will make room for spring and summer seasonal items. This includes things like new grill tools and barbecue seasonings.
Though, before you bring the summer goodies and gadgets in, you can take the time to assess how you will make the most out of these new open square inches. This might include things like:
- Adjustable shelves
- Shelf dividers
- Drawer dividers
- Tool hooks
- Under Shelf wire baskets
Making A Morning Cupboard
While you are retooling and reshuffling your kitchen’s contents, you might want to also take the time to create your own morning cupboard. This is the sort of place where you will store your coffee and tea supplies, beverage pods, and even the tools you might use to make coffee dessert drinks.
Springtime Linen Closet Organization
The linen closet is one place that undergoes a lot of transformation in the springtime. Especially if you’ve been using your linen closet as a place to store seasonal blankets. Once you remove all the winter items for seasonal storage in the basement or garage you can turn your sights toward implementing thoughtful organizational solutions. This can include things like:
- Adjustable shelves
- Shelf dividers
- Under Shelf pull-out wire baskets
- Behind the door hangers & hooks
- Behind the door pouches
Springtime Bathroom Organization
The bathroom is another place that tends to undergo a fair amount of seasonal transformation in the spring. The lotions for dry skin and lip balm for chapped lips are removed, so that sunscreen and antioxidant lotions can take their place.
To make room for all of these things, as well as providing a place for each family member’s personal items you might want to try:
- Installing drawer dividers
- Medicine cabinet dividers
- Behind the door pouch systems
- Personalized shelf dividers
This is also a good time to go through all of your old medications. Check the expiration date and rotate or replace anything that happens to be a little outdated.
Springtime Bedroom Organization
When you consider that you spend at least a third of your life in your bedroom, it only makes sense to keep it as organized as possible. Unfortunately, a lot of people discount bedroom organization, passing it off as just being a sleeping space. Though chances are you also spend a fair amount of time watching TV, reading, cuddling with pets, and maybe just chatting on the phone.
Simple things like drawer dividers in your nightstand can help keep all your small essential items in order. This might include things like:
- Reading glasses
- Phone chargers
- Cables and device wires
- Nighttime medications
Bedroom Closet Organization
Bedroom walk-in closets can undergo a significant amount of change in the springtime. Winter clothes and accessories go out, leaving room for warm weather clothes and toys. It can be tempting to rush this exciting process, just make sure you are being thoughtful about your seasonal storage.
Long, low-profile tote bins are a great option for laying hanger clothes flat. You can then slide them into the disused space under the bed. Other items like winter footwear, hats, and mittens can then be tucked safely away in stackable tote bins. Their reinforced lids and corners let you stack them one on top of the to minimize their footprint. Just make sure that you label all your tote bins, so you can find them again when old man winter inevitably returns.
Spring Organization For The Garage & Basement
The garage and basement are two of the most popular places to store seasonal items. Though they can quickly become a dumping ground for a lot of random odds and ends. In the spring, when you are retrieving warm weather items and depositing the winter ones, make sure to take some time to also get the garage and basement in order.
You might want to also consider expanding your storage solutions. This might include:
- Converting the garage attic into storage
- Installing pull-down shelves in the garage ceiling
- Pegboard systems to keep hand tools and shovels in place
- Heavy-duty free-standing shelves to hold heavy storage totes & boxes
- Ceiling hooks in stringers to hang overhead items
- Built-in shelving systems to maximize wall storage