Spring is right around the corner! Daylight Savings is Sunday, March 11, 2018. Be sure to spring forward! With that, you may have the urge to do some Spring Cleaning. Maybe you’re feeling like you need to get organized or declutter. We’ve put together some ideas and tips on how to get your house organized, decluttered, and clean!
If you’re anything like us, you have way too much STUFF! If you’re looking for tips on how to declutter, but maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed? Try putting together a schedule. Or maybe go about it room by room. Just tackle one area at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed by it all and just give up! Not sure what to get rid of? Here are some tips, but check out our pinterest board for a full list! https://www.pinterest.com/comortgage/spring-cleaning/
Bathroom: old makeup, expired sunscreen, dried up nail polish, old dingy bath towels and washcloths.
Kitchen: broken utensils, expired products, tupperware without a mate, chipped plates/cups, unused cookbooks.
Bedroom: Unworn clothing (go with the year rule: if you haven’t worn it in a year, you should probably toss/donate), old/empty shoe boxes, unworn jewelry.
Playroom: broken toys, toys with missing pieces, unwatched dvd’s, dried out markers, old electronic toys, unloved stuffed animals
Garage/Shed: old paint, outgrown toys such as bikes and scooters, broken tools, old/broken sports equipment
Do you need more room in your kitchen or bathroom? Does it seem like, even after throwing out unneeded stuff you still have so much? Need some help getting organized? Here are some helpful tips to get organized and free up some space. We’ve organized these ideas by room for your convenience. No need try to tackle the whole house at once, take it room by room.
Kitchen: If your pantry is chaotic with snacks and canned goods. Try getting some baskets for your pantry and labeling them. Put your pastas together, your packets and spices together, and your snacks together (make sure to put them in reach of the kiddos!) Place all of your canned goods together making sure the labels are facing out. Organize them together by soups, fruit, pasta sauce, etc. Do you store your cleaning supplies under your sink? Or maybe you have a pantry where you store your paper products and dustpan. If you have a pantry with a door, try a shoe organizer on the door to store cleaning wipes and other bottles. You can also buy a hanging organizer and put facial tissue and paper towels in that. If you store items under the sink, try attaching a magazine rack to the door and storing your aluminum foil, plastic wrap, wax paper, etc. Does your Tupperware drawer or cabinet make you cringe? Is it like looking for a needle in a haystack trying to find the mate? Try hanging shelf dividers. These nifty things hang from the shelf in your cabinet. You can place all of your Tupperware lids in there while stacking the bottoms underneath. Super handy!
Playroom: Is your playroom full of so much stuff that you don’t know where to start? Markers and crayons with stuffies and Nerf guns in every square inch. Don’t fret. Here are some great tips on how to get the playroom organized and get your sanity back!
Do your kids like to craft, but the supplies are everywhere? Try magazine holders for coloring books and paper. Cylinder plastic containers with lids are great for markers and colored pencils. Running out of places to store your child’s multiple works of art? IKEA has these great curtain wires, IKEA Dignitet, that are easy to install and super affordable!
Laundry baskets work well for Nerf guns and accessories. Stuffies go well in hanging nets. Try book shelves on the walls to store your books somewhere other than the floor or to keep from taking up precious shelf space. Plastic bins are great for storing games and organizing by toys. Also, if your boxes have been beat up and are falling apart, try repairing them with packing tape instead of purchasing new boxes.
Bedroom: Not enough closet space? Try adding another rod to the bottom half of your closet to make a whole new space for hanging clothes. Still don’t have enough space? Try those hanger where you can hang multiple pants on them. IKEA also makes a hanger that has rings for scarves. This can also be done with shower curtain rings and a hanger. Do you have space under your bed that isn’t being used? Try getting plastic totes and putting your off season clothes in there. In Colorado, where you can experience all four seasons in the same day, they’re still easily accessible.
Now that you’ve decluttered and organized, it’s time to CLEAN! Just like before, we recommend a schedule so you’re not trying to take on the entire house at once. By now you’re probably exhausted and don’t want to do the cleaning. Make it a family project, give everyone a task. Give the kids a sponge and have them clean the baseboards, walls, and rails. Maybe have your spouse do the windows while you tackle the dusting. We’ve pinned a cool calendar for you to take on one project per day. That seems feasible, right? Check it out on our Pinterest board: Spring Cleaning https://www.pinterest.com/comortgage/spring-cleaning/