Make Space for Everything in Your Home
Spring is right around the corner and we all know what that means. It’s time to start talking about our Spring Cleaning Plan.
Between taking care of your family and work, it probably often feels like you’re going nonstop at 100 mph. Then when you finally get a break, it’s only to clean up the mess before the next tornado of life barrels through your house. With spring just around the corner, cleaning season is nearly upon us. Get a head start on spring cleaning and make your home more organized with these expert tips:
Are things constantly getting lost in the back of deep kitchen or bathroom cabinets? Organizing experts at RealSimple.com recommend installing pull-out shelving to maximize space and make organization easier to manage. This is especially ideal for storing rarely-used items that are often forgotten, such as guest bedding and tablecloths.
Don’t banish crafting supplies to the junk drawer. Instead, create a designated craft corner in your home office, kitchen, sitting room or anywhere you have a little spare space. Install a corner shelving unit and get various-sized bins to organize paper, scissors, fabric, ribbon, gift wrap, glitter and other crafting supplies.
Make Room in Storage Space
Is your attic stuffed with seasonal clothes, holiday decor and household accounting records? Is the basement packed with sports equipment, old furniture and boxes of sentimental treasures? If all of your household storage space is full, it’s time to pare down non-essentials to make room to store frequently-used items. If you can’t bear to part with much, find an easy self storage unit nearby to store rarely-used possessions until you need them.
Is your kitchen table a mess of schoolwork every afternoon before dinner? Help make cleanup easier for your kids by making a homework basket. A metal tin or wicker basket can serve as a home for all of their supplies so they can do homework and clean it up in a flash. Store all school supplies here, such as:
- Pencils and pens
- Crayons and markers
When not in use, store the homework basket in a kitchen cabinet or a nearby closet so that it’s easily accessible when needed and can be quickly put away before dinner.
Restore order in your entryway by giving the area a makeover. Stock the area with all the essentials you and your family need to get out the door. Add ample shelving, hooks and shoe storage to create a place for everything, including all of the coats, backpacks and shoes that normally get dropped on the floor when you walk in the front door. Get a cushioned bench so the kids have a place to sit and lace up their shoes before school.
Add a mirror so you can get a quick glance at how you look instead of having to run into another room to make sure you don’t have food in your teeth. If you live in an area where it rains or snows often, get a boot tray to prevent wet boots and shoes from muddying up your floors. MarthaStewart.com advises home decorators to get custom fabric baskets monogrammed for each person in their family so everyone has a place to keep things they don’t want to forget on their way out.