It may not look or feel like it, but spring is right around the corner. Aside from the sunshine, green grass, and nights spent outside, there is that age old tradition of spring cleaning. Don’t shoot the messenger. Its that time to put on those gloves, get out the mop and dust pan – go to work. Make your home shine!
Here are three projects that I feel should be at the top of your list:
1. Garage- During the year, it gathers dust, dirt, and junk. Sometimes when things don’t have a home, they end up here. Many times, they aren’t properly protected or stored. Shelving is a must in this area. The easiest way to clean a garage is to move out the car, and take everything out of it. Yup, I said it. Sweep and dust off the shelves. Put like with like. Get rid of old chemicals(In Chicago the Goose Island Recycle Center will take them) and paint. Donate or sell those old bikes or toys that aren’t age appropriate anymore.
2. The Bathroom- Evict the expired. We all end up with things we don’t like or use. They end up sitting, taking up space. Sometimes we feel guilty about the money we spent, other times, they are so crammed in we don’t see them. Most police stations will take your expired meds. Take out all your toiletries. If you have a medicine cabinet and drawers, you are lucky. Put your most used items in them- by category. If you have a small vintage bathroom, like me, categorize your linen closet with containers.
3. Pantry- Sometimes its a full closet of food storage, other times it is only a few cabinets. However you store your food, it needs to be priority project. If multiple people do the shopping there is chance, that things get tossed in without consideration. As with any other organizing project, put like with like. Use containers to store such items as soup mixes, spices, ect. Labeling shelves is another way to keep your pantry organized. Stock up only on the things that you use on a regular basis. If you only knew how many cans of expired pumpkin pie filling I have found. If you have the space in your basement, consider setting up a shelf of food overflow.
These three areas of the home are collector spots. Its good to make a goal to clean them out every year!!
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