When you think of spring cleaning – you think about wiping down all your baseboards and deep cleaning your furniture right? Doing all those tasks that help to keep your house well maintained over the long run. I love a clean and well-kept house. But the truth is, spring cleaning is not exactly my area of expertise. I do not have a regime that I follow or a list I check off every year when the cherry blossoms bloom. I should work on that… And when I do, I will be sure to include you all in that process! My idea of spring cleaning is a little different. Probably because organizing is a strength of mine. When I think of spring cleaning, I think of purging! Out with the old and in with the new! Simplify! Organize! Refresh!
If you’re getting overwhelmed with all the clutter, read on to see how I spring clean behind the doors and in those drawers!
The best way to tackle these depends on your own schedule and lifestyle. Make a list of your hot zones and tackle one a day or one a week. Take a weekend and blast out as much as you possibly can! Whatever your schedule is, just make sure it fits your lifestyle so you don’t get burnt out. You want to feel a sense of accomplishment and love that you can easily find (and put back) all those goodies that make closets and drawers so useful.
Kitchen: It’s time to go through all the items in your pantry, fridge and freezer. (Hopefully you do your fridge more regularly). Check expiration dates, smells, and if you cannot identify what it is, throw it out! It is also time to go through your Tupperware, water bottles, to-go coffee mugs. If you are like me, with multiple kids, you have a lot of water bottles. Make sure everything has a matching lid. Get rid of anything that is not complete. If your Tupperware is a hot mess and you despise having to go hunt and peck for a match because it all tumbles out everywhere… Then why not donate it and go pick yourself up a fresh matching set of Tupperware from Costco. You can get fairly big sets that can sit inside them selves and a bit more organized.
Bathroom Closet: Time to get the wastebasket and purge that bathroom junk! How much are you really using? Do you really need 4 different sunscreens? Have they all expired? Empty the shelf, sort through and ask yourself what is really important? Re-organize the items as you put them back onto the shelf. Have a container for just hair ties and Bobby pins. Jewelry should have it’s own space along with hair dryer’s, curling irons, etc.
Bedroom: Grab a good girlfriend, go through and edit your closet. What is in there that you haven’t touched in over a year? How many bras and panties do you really need? Get rid of the oldies and make a list of specific items you need to shop for.
Kids Bedroom: You can decide to incorporate the kids in this project or not. Probably depends how much time you have… It takes twice as long at least when kids are involved but it sure does teach them a thing or two! Get rid of toys that are broken, busted or they have just straight up outgrown. Simplify what they need and what they play with. Donate used books that never seem to come off the shelf. Go through their clothes, shoes, socks, underwear… Keep only what is relevant. Teaching kids at this age to value their space and the negative space… can have a lasting impact and potentially shape their cleanliness down the road.
Garage/Storage: Time to run to Target, and pick up some of those clear plastic containers? You bet. The secret here? Label everything. And the more you can package into like size & shape bins – The better your space will look. Re-organize your space, tools, bikes & kids toys, gardening supplies and storage. Sweep the floor and add hooks if it helps to get things off the ground!
Laundry Room: For us, our laundry room doubles as the extension of our pantry and dumping ground for anything that either needs to be moved more permanently to the garage or is questionable on what its status is in our house. This is one of my favorite rooms to go through and I admit, it happens way more often than once a year. But your laundry room may be different. Maybe it just needs to have a few cleaners purged and rags tossed out. Or maybe it needs a little re-organization. Whatever the case, have at it.
The Junk Drawer: Ours is not a junk drawer… it’s specific to batteries, electronic devices & cords and candy. Yes, candy. And usually a few pieces of random papers. One day this drawer was so overwhelming to me, (the kids are not exactly very particular when they take things out or put things back) that I literally took everything out and organized them into ziplock bags! I didn’t have little box containers or dividers, so I did my best with what I had and it made such a difference! So now, yes, I need to locate some containers and take it to the next level. Point is, do whatever you can do to help create some peace.
Really, this type of spring cleaning can take place probably 4 times a year! If you live in the PNW, like I do, I should schedule this once for every time the season changes. Staying on top of this type of organization creates peace in my life, simplifies the complicated and gives me margin to focus on other areas that need much more attention in my life. You will not regret prioritizing this time, I promise!