Thursday, January 21, 2016
As the name implies, spring cleaning is historically conducted once a year in spring. It used to be the way to clear out the winter clutter and refresh your home in preparation for warmer weather. In the past, winter was a time when people slept a lot more, stayed indoors as much as possible, relied on a fire to stay warm, and tended to let things get pretty dirty. Airing out the house meant letting out all the warm air and risking cold and financial hardship. You can imagine that spring cleaning was not just for fun, but an absolute necessity.
Maybe you’ve noticed? The urge to conduct a massive spring cleaning is practically genetic at this point.
But today we have central heating, consistent lighting, and our schedules are much less linked to the weather and seasons. The reality is that spring cleaning today means something different from what it used to. And there’s no excuse to avoid staying tidy year round. So what can you do to incorporate the beneficial and refreshing effects of spring cleaning, even when it’s not spring?
1. Spread Out the Time
A major spring cleaning is usually a big undertaking that can last for days. Who has the time to take a week and do it properly? You can make the job easier if you take steps throughout the year to do major cleaning and organizing jobs that don’t have to happen often. How often do you clean your refrigerator? Using the fridge will be quicker and easier if it’s organized and you do it at least once a month.
Spring cleaning is also usually a time of getting rid of all the old stuff that’s piling up in the garage, closets, and attic. This kind of de-clutter can be conducted on a more regular basis than once a year, and it’ll make keeping the house clean and organized easier on a day-to-day basis.
2. Every Season Deserves a Cleaning
Each time the seasons change, you’ll want to organize your life around the coming weather, from seasonal fashion shifts to practicalities like back-to-school or pulling out your cozy flannel bedsheets.
Make a list of organizing priorities at the beginning of each month that precipitates a change of season (September, December, March, and June). By putting away things that belong to the previous season and taking out things you’ll need for the coming season, you can avoid unnecessary clutter. Store with care the things worth keeping, and get rid of anything you wouldn’t bother to care for. I advocate that fall cleaning should be a thing, and that’s just one step in the right direction.
3. Waiting for a Big Clean Is NOT Better
When you leave the big jobs for spring, you end up putting off the cleaning for much longer than is really beneficial. Carpets should be regularly vacuumed and cleaned for longevity. Window washing once a year is just not often enough. There are plenty of bigger jobs that should be done quarterly, at least, in order to ensure you’re not working against yourself all year. Avoiding deep cleans does damage to things like drapes, carpeting, and furniture.
4. A Consistent Plan is More Realistic
Even if you do conduct a once-a-year spring clean, it’s not realistic to assume you’ll actually clean everything that needs cleaning. Instead, make a consistent cleaning plan that you can implement all year round. The real way to stay tidy and organized is to turn cleaning and organizing into regular habits, not something you do only for special occasions.
5. Save Money
There are many reasons why being organized saves you money. If you get rid of seasonal stuff before it takes up space in your attic for 9 months, it might be worth selling online or donating for the tax break. When you stay organized on a regular basis, you won’t lose things that are still around. How many pairs of sunglasses do you really need? Do you buy a new pair because you ‘lost’ one, only to find it under that pile of magazines weeks later? And people who clean up their messes often find money under and in their junk!
Your life can be better organized and your home will be cleaner if you do what needs to be done on a regular basis. If you make the job easier by breaking it into smaller jobs, you’ll find ways to be totally organized all year round. There’s even the case against spring cleaning, which argues that by relegating this task to once a year, you do more damage than good. Start today, not months from now when it’s time for ‘spring cleaning’.
Saturday, December 19, 2015
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Thursday, February 5, 2015
Feeling cluttered? Here are some quick tips for around the house that will inspire you to take action!
Bedroom Organizing Tips
Wooden hanger are classy, but do take up more room in your closet. So, if space is at a premium, then check out these slim felt hangers that come in a variety of colors.
Bathroom Organizing Tips
Kitchen Organizing Tips
Invest in drawer dividers or make your own with box lids to separate kitchen miscellany. Your kitchen utensils should be categorized within each drawer making everything easier to find.
If you need to have some items on hand in the kitchen, make sure they are pleasing to the eye and match the decor of your space. I love containers with lids so that potential clutter can be concealed.
My Favorite Organizing TipWhat I have learned from being a professional organizer for almost ten years is that you don't need to over think a project before you get started. Often, clients will become more exhausted from the amount of mental stress they have placed on any given "to-do" that is weighing on them that they become too overwhelmed to begin. My advice is to have a quick brainstorm about the area you want to focus on and then dive in! Starting a project will always make you more likely to finish it, than never starting at all. Start falling in love with the feeling of completing things. Become the finisher in your family. I promise it will give you a huge sense of accomplish that will manifest in other areas of your life as well.
I hope this post has inspired you to rethink some of the problem areas around you home and get started.
"The secret to getting ahead is getting started" - Mark Twain
Friday, March 14, 2014
I love to share tips about organizing, so I was happy to have a few “assignments” - mostly requests for specific advice on problem areas. While I did my best to post these on Facebook, if you haven’t liked my Facebook page, you might not have had access to these articles. So here’s the list in case you missed it!
- If you're looking for inspiration for individual rooms - or advice on how to avoid common mistakes - check out this article on organizing mistakes you might be making.
- The ladies at Dirty and Thirty wanted advice on organizing tips for the fall.
- As did Naluda Magazine, who asked for a bit of advice on switching from your summer to your fall wardrobe, pp. 38-39.
- Online know-it-all encyclopedia SheKnows.com published some of my advice on bookshelf organizing.
- A brief interview for The Morning Call online helps readers to get their garage organized.
- The DIY Network quoted me in their ‘Tips, Tricks and Gadgets for Storing Christmas Decoratons’ slideshow.
- Online and in-print magazine Ciao Bella! published my tips for starting the New Year off with an organized bang! Check out pp. 22-23 for the spread.
- Additionally, an in-print only article for Make it Organized Magazine was published just in time for the new year. The article is called '10 Easy Tips for Organizing a Bedroom and Closet'.
There’s a lot of info in the links about getting and staying organized. More to come this year! We'll start posting as they become available so the tips are as timely as possible.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
|Here I am at 38 weeks! This photo was taken by Hylah Hedgepeth who is an incredible natural light photographer.|
We chose to keep the room simple and not overly decorated. My husband and I like a modern look and neutral colors...can you tell? We want our room to grow with our child and his style, so we will add to it as he gets bigger. For now, we have a few decorative things to start us off.
|The prints I got from Etsy.|
|I made some easy art by framing a page out of a favorite childhood book.|
|This little car I found at T.J.Maxx.|
| Onesies organized by size.|
|I got these these baby clothing dividers from Amazon.|
The hangers are no-slip baby hangers by Closet Complete.
|Water Hyacinth baskets from Container Store fit perfectly on baby's closet shelf.|
Books - We don’t have a ton of floor space in our guest-bedroom-turned-nursery for extra furniture, so I put in a number of floating bookshelves to maximize the usefulness of wall space. The books sit right above the rocker in the "story-time" nook for easy access.
|These Umbra floating bookshelves are a steal from Container Store!|