There still may be snow on the ground, but spring is just around the corner. This is the perfect time to start thinking about spring cleaning your home of unwanted clutter and to organize the stuff you want to keep or donate—both inside and out. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to spend a lot of time or money to make your home look good.
• Organizing Sheets—Fold top and bottom sheets and stash inside of the matching pillowcase. This makes it easier to keep sheet sets together with their pillowcases but also makes it easier to store. Sheet sets easily stack on top of each other this way without become unfolded.
• Organizing Your Laundry Room—Laundry piles up faster than anything else it seems, so laundry room organization is essential. Laundry baskets sitting on the floor make it difficult to move around. Hang shelving over your washer and dryer or in the closet to hold laundry baskets. When pulling clothes out of the dryer to fold, simply stick the clothes in the right basket for that person or room. This also saves time from running from room to room dropping off a few clean items in each room.
• Organizing Cords—You’ve got laptop power cords, chargers for iPads, extension cords and more lying around your house. Wrap them up and insert into a cardboard tube from a roll of paper towels. Then simply write on the tube what the cord is for. They fit into a drawer great this way too.
• Organize Wrapping Paper Rolls—The holidays are over and now you need to store all your wrapping paper until next year. A quick fix to organize and hide the rolls is to slip them into a clear hanging garment bag and stick them in a spare closet. No more wrapping paper rolls falling over or becoming unwound. Need birthday paper? Just a fast peek at your garment bag will tell you right away if you have what you’re looking for.
• Organizing Items to Donate & Sell—Keep two storage bins or boxes in a closet or storage area for items to donate or sell. Throughout the year you can toss items your kids have outgrown or things you no longer want in the bins. Then when you’re ready to donate or sell, you’ve got all the items separated and ready to go.