Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Spring Clean It!

I don't know about you but I've definitely been bit by the spring cleaning bug this year. I have the urge to go through every closet, sort every drawer, rearrange every cupboard, etc. This doesn't mean that I've actually carried through on all these urges but I've sure got 'em. How about you?

Since I've been in the cleaning/organizing mode, I pulled out some of my books on the topic for some extra inspiration. I thought I'd share some of the best tips and ideas I've found while going through the books. I plan on doing a few posts each week for the month of April on this topic.

I've rounded up three tips for today. I hope this gives you some fresh ideas on how to better organize your home and life.

#1 "In general, things should be stored as close as possible to where you're most likely to use them. Keep your desk well-stocked with everyday supplies such as pens and stamps; keep tablecloths in or near the kitchen/dining room; keep the TV remote on or near the TV."
Source: 500 Terrific Ideas for Organizing Everything, Sheree Bykofsky

I try to do this around our house. For us it means keeping the vacuum cleaner upstairs in one of the closets since the carpets are upstairs. I also keep the broom and swiffer mop tucked beside the fridge since I mainly use them in the kitchen and dining area. Having the supplies on hand in the parts of the house I need them means I'm more likely to use them! (I need all the help and extra motivation I can get.)

#2 "Next time you plug a bunch of cords into a power strip/bar, label each one first using a standard office label." Source: Home Solutions, Josh Garskof 

A picture is worth a thousand words...

#3 "Keep sports gear organized and out of the way by stowing it inside a laundry sorting cart." Source: Home Solutions, Josh Garskof

A picture is worth a thousand words...

This would also enable kids to roll the cart out into the driveway or yard to play and then back into the garage or shed when they are finished and need to clean up.

Well my friends, that's all for today, but there will be many more tips and tricks to come. April is only begun!



  1. I also have had a bit of a spring cleaning bug. This past winter seemed so very long that the promise of spring was absolutely tantalizing!

    I've started by washing all our curtains & cleaning all the blinds. This weekend all our bed skirts are getting a wash.

    I'm starting to prep Audrey's room for her soon coming "big kid" make over. In May we are going to Ikea on the long weekend to pick up a big girl bed. She's getting too big for her toddler bed. Here's the one we chose: http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/30080316 . We also have new pictures for the walls, a new bed side table & lamp. We'll be picking up some wall shelves & painting my old kitchen play set that my dad made me when I was a kid. I'll have to post pics on FB. I'm getting excited just thinking about it all!

  2. That sounds great, Steph! I look forward to seeing it when it's all done. I'm sure Audrey will love her new room. Oh. And the reason the winter seemed so long is because it was. Apparently, it was the longest winter since 1919. Sheesh!

  3. Oh, I love the divided laundry idea for storage! I was going to sell an extra one at our garage sale, now I'm keeping it... Thanks!!


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