Some people say that, when it comes to spring cleaning, it’s best to leave the minutiae of daily chores (doing dishes, changing sheets, etc.) aside and make your family focus on tackling the big, hard projects, such as lifting furniture to sweep underneath them, scrubbing the mildew off of shower walls, and many more. Thus, you’re doing what “actually matters” because the rest you can just do at a later time.
Well, while some of that is true, and you should pay attention to the more laborious parts of spring cleaning first, that doesn’t mean you should ignore the smaller tasks you can accomplish in between those big projects. If you have no idea of how to organize clutter in a small home, this handy guide will tell you how to tidy up each room. So by the time you’re done the cleaning, the place is more than just a little spruced up. Now there really is no excuse to avoid it!
Let’s say that, as part of your spring cleaning checklist, you want to move the fridge to sweep and scrub whatever dusty horrors lurk behind and beneath, but how about paying some mind to what’s inside of it? Start by throwing out any food that’s past its expiration date, including anything in the freezer that’s been in there for over four months.
Get rid of any cooking gadgets that you’re not going to use in the near future, especially those single-use gimmicky gadgets like egg-cooking tubes, meat-separating claws and pretty much anything that came from a TV ad. Stick with the basics!
With the days getting warmer and warmer with the coming spring, it’s time to put your out-of-season clothes into storage, so get them out of the closet when cleaning the bedroom. While you’re at it, make sure to separate every piece of clothing that doesn’t fit anymore, so that you can donate or get rid of it.
If you’re already moving furniture, wouldn’t this also be a good time to replace some of them for something a little more functional? Plenty of drawers to compartmentalize is what you’re looking for, but if not possible, maybe a couple of ornamental baskets and a jewelry tree.
The Living Area
If you’re not ready to go down with Marie Kondo’s tip of keeping only about 30 books in your house (which is hard to accept for book lovers), how about finding storage boxes for the ones you’ve already finished? You can even half-donate them to friends, so they’re technically yours, but in another home.
While it’s fine to have things that you want to show off in your living room, you can certainly do away with those objects that aren’t precisely pretty but have a lot of sentimental value. You don’t have to throw them away, though! Just put them in marked boxes and store those in the backs of cupboards or other similar empty spaces.
Getting smart about your storage space is also a good idea. Try investing in a hollow ottoman or a table that doubles as a trunk, so you can store more things while keeping the area looking clean, which is the point of it all. Designating a few clutter-free areas around the living room and the rest of the house is also important since it will help you in making your next spring cleaning easier.
Clear out expired or non-useful medicines, creams and whatnot from your medicine cabinet. If you have some cosmetic products here and in the bedroom too, try grouping them all in one or the other (the bedroom probably has more space for that). If you have enough space for it, install a shelf where you can store extra bathroom supplies (such as toilet paper, soap, and dental cream, for example) to free up some space wherever you’re storing them right now.
Culling the Whole House
The key to a clutter-free home is not getting there, but staying there. Categorize, reduce your mementos, don’t hoard supplies, and pretty much do anything you need to cull your cluttering tendencies and have storage solutions for everything that you do need to keep around the house. Not everything has to go into the trash, however, since most charities will surely appreciate your donations any day. Try it!
Those are about all the basics you need to know about how to organize your home room by room. If you’re having a hard time balancing your regular chores and spring cleaning to also add a decluttering effort to the list, then you might need some help getting the former two done while you focus your attention of deciding what you do need to keep over what has to go.