Don’t just clean this spring - organize!Spring cleaning is an annual tradition of sorts for many people, but you can make it a lot easier next year. Taking the time to organize your living room, kitchen and bedroom will make the house a lot easier to clean next time around.
By: Nick Kakolowski, ArticleCity and Forum Communications
Spring cleaning is an annual tradition of sorts for many people, but you can make it a lot easier next year. Taking the time to organize your living room, kitchen and bedroom will make the house a lot easier to clean next time around.
Creating a system of organization and cleaning that lasts through the year is a frequent goal of spring cleaning. However, cutting through the clutter can be tedious and time-consuming task and getting started can be the most difficult part.
If the job is completed correctly, the results are well worth the effort and the process is very rewarding. You should clean one room at a time but it is important to devise a strategy before beginning.
Often, the best way to put something together well is to take it apart. If you really want to create a new organizational system that works, you can begin by removing everything from the first room.
Go room by room, tackling one at a time. Empty cupboards, clear out bureaus, clean out your desk and remove clutter from the closets. Each room presents its own difficulties, and you may need a slightly different strategy for each room.
The kitchen can be one of the most difficult rooms to organize and clean properly. When beginning to clean your kitchen, it is good to start by clearing out your cupboards. A precise inventory is crucial to getting a good system in place.
Separate your items based on how they are used, the frequency of use, and their size. Put things back into place based on these factors. Take into account how your kitchen is used before compiling an organizational plan.
You may also want to consider cleaning out your refrigerator. This is an important step in the cleaning process because you remove the potential for molds and bacteria to grow in this refrigerator. Do not be afraid to throw something out or give it away. If you have not used a pot or pan for a few years, give it to somebody who can put it to good use. There is no reason for it to take up space in your kitchen if you do not plan to use it.
If clutter in the pantry or cabinets is excessive, try investing in some storage devices. Fold-out spice racks can contain all of your spices while taking up little space. Hanging holders for plastic wrap, aluminum foil and wax paper come in many varieties. They are also a very handy way to take care of those items. You may also need to spend money on organizational products in order to achieve the desired results.
Another room that can be challenging is the bedroom. Organizing your drawers is a simple issue that involves separating your clothes, making the bed, and clearing out the space under the bed. The space under the bed is perfect for storing various miscellaneous items.
When you begin cleaning your closet, try purchasing special shelves for your shoes, because it is worth it. Simple, angled shelves allow you to store footwear over top of one another, while still leaving them visible. These shelves can handle all of your shoe storage needs.
If floor or shelf space is at a premium, try getting an over-the-door shoe sleeve. Getting a good tie and belt hanger helps keep those items organized and it also clears up more shelf space. With some effort and the proper organizational solutions, the closet can be an excellent place to store your possessions.
Organizing your living room is different from the rest of the house because you need to have a flexible setup that can easily adapt to a variety of circumstances. Since the living room is used for such a wide variety of purposes, organizational systems often fall apart. Magazines are always all over the place, newspapers can cover the entire coffee table, and DVDs are scattered all throughout. This is a common occurrence no matter what your organizational system is.
The reason for this is simple: this room is a comfortable area that is used often. A DVD case can easily end up anywhere in this room and the same goes for books, magazines and other commonly used items.
However, with a good organizational system, all of this can be avoided. Leave extra space available in the living room for storage purposes. You can have a drawer or two devoted to holding your miscellaneous items.
Once these three rooms are settled, the rest of the house should not be as challenging. The office is similar to the living room. The dining room should be should be easy as well.
With a good plan, spring cleaning can be a rewarding, worthwhile venture. Go into your project for this year with confidence and optimism, and in the end, things are likely to come together.