Spring is a time of refreshment and rejuvenation for many things. From budding trees and growing flowers to the chores of spring cleaning, it’s the perfect time for all things fresh and new.
Spring is also a great time to get organized. Throughout the year, we tend to let things go, but with the new season and warmer weather comes a reason to tidy up. Below, we give you several easy organizational projects you should do every spring.
1. Bathroom Cabinets and Drawers
Bathroom cabinets and drawers have a way of collecting all kinds of powder room-related stuff – even when it’s empty and should be thrown away. Inevitably, you’ll have an empty toothpaste tube or two floating around the drawer, and somehow, toothpaste residue has found its way inside the drawer but outside the tube. Spring is a great time to clean out all the things that have expired or you don’t need, as well as to clean and dust, too.
Begin by removing the contents of each drawer and cabinet. Use a soft cloth and all-purpose cleaner to wipe down the inside of the drawers and cabinets. Finally, put everything back in that you want to keep, using separators and baskets to keep things organized.
2. Your Closets
Is your closet full of “I might wear that again someday” pieces of clothing? If so, spring is a great time to take stock of your closet’s contents and weed out the things you’ll probably never wear again.
A good rule of thumb is to get rid of anything you haven’t worn in a year or more. If it’s something you absolutely love and hope to get into someday, give yourself a pass and keep it, but really consider how many clothing articles you give a pass to. You can have a lot of clothing you can’t wear taking up valuable real estate, or you can have the space – you can’t have both.
3. The Kids’ Rooms
Kids grow and develop at such a fast pace, it’s no wonder their spaces collect a crazy amount of stuff. What your child played with a year ago might not even be of interest today, so it’s a good idea to organize his bedroom or playroom at least once a year.
Have your child help you decide what stays and what goes, so he can take charge of his own space and belongings. Help him color code things like books and clothing so he knows where to put things away on his own later.
4. Makeup Skincare Supplies
Contrary to popular belief, makeup and other skincare supplies do expire. It’s a good idea to check their labels from time to time and get rid of anything that’s past its prime to be sure you’re only using products that are still safe.
Once you’ve purged the items that are expired or that you don’t use, organize the products you’re keeping with like items together and dividers and inserts to keep everything where it belongs and easy to find.
5. The Kitchen Pantry
It’s a sure bet that if you haven’t cleaned out your kitchen pantry in a while, that it contains at least one item that has already expired. It’s a good time to go through your pantry to get rid of outdated canned and boxed goods and give the shelves a thorough wipe-down. When you put everything back, be sure to group like items together with labels facing front, so you can find what you’re looking for at a glance.