Happy Spring! Who else is looking forward to the new season ahead? Warmer temperatures, sunshine, outside time and fun! After the winter months I’m always ready for a fresh, clean and organized house. Getting this sparkly clean, organized house can be a challenge especially with kiddos running around “helping” (see below) But, with some simple tips and tricks, and a whole lotta’ patience, we CAN do it! (#peptalkformyself) Today I’m joining some of my favorite bloggers to share our tips and tricks for Spring Cleaning!
this is what organizing at my house looks like with my “little helper”
Since moving into our Oak Springs Remodel we have definitely let some of the “little things” go. We’ve been so consumed with the “big remodel” items that things like the kids closets have gotten out of control. I could blame it on the fact that we still have no dresser in the room or the fact that we don’t have shelves up but the realty is, I just let it go for too long. Close your eyes, friends, it’s not pretty.
Embarrassing, isn’t it?! It was passed time to get this closet organized! Today, I’m going to share my process and some tips and tricks that helped me get this closet organized.
The first thing I did was take everything out of the closet. This will help you really know what you have and hey, once you do this you have to organize the closet!
Get rid of old toys, clothes, papers, etc. I couldn’t believe how quickly some of the shelves in the closet had become cluttered and how so many toys had been mixed up and all over the place! We took care of this with a big trash sack and by simply relocating toys to their appropriate place.
Next I started sorting. I had a donate pile for all the things that needed to go to the Salvation Army, a pile for items that needed to be put in storage, and a pile for loose toys that I knew I wanted to keep in the closet. The top of the closet had become a dumping zone. I hadn’t stopped to take the time to sort clothes and had been just tossing them to the top of the closet when I knew Claire had outgrown them, not a good idea! That’s why I added the storage bins at the top of the closet so I had no more excuses for this.
I love labeling things. It’s just a little motivator for me to have pretty labels to help me actually keep the things in the correct place. Although I wrote the labels instead of using pictures, after just a few times of cleaning up with Claire she has already started putting things in the correct bins. I love the small 3 drawer storage bin for all of the little loose toys. We also have two big round bins under her clothes for larger toys and for quick clean up! (all Moms need baskets for quick clean up occasional, am I right?;) We also labeled 2 big plastic bins for the clothes that are too big, and one for the clothes that are too small and will need to be put into storage. If I have these two bins right in front of me I can quickly organize a little each week and it doesn’t get overwhelming.
Space Planning is key. Before you start putting things back try and envision the most functional use for each space, move things around and make it functional for you and your child. Claire loves to be independent. She puts her own shoes and socks on, (not always correctly 😉 but she loves to try) she plays with shoes and dress up clothes often so I knew I wanted all of those things to be accessible for her. I put her shoes in a bin on the floor that she can reach and I pull out her socks each day. I made sure her “dress up bin” was low so she could also play as she wanted. Almost all of her toys are at level which she can reach. I used only baskets and bins we had on hand and put all the things I had sorted into the baskets.
6. Group Clothes.
I like to organize the clothes by grouping items. Currently, in her closet we have her jackets at the front, next sweaters, long sleeve shirts, short sleeve shirts, sleeveless shirts and last her dresses. I also like having all the extra hangers at the front of the closet so I can quickly hang up laundry. The hooks in the closet are also essential. Claire has three little hooks at the front of her closet and it really helps keep things off the floor and out of reach when needed.
Still I know her closet could be even more organized- we could have prettier bins, and lined shelves, matching felt hangers, (which are next on my list of things to buy), built in closet systems and such, but for now this simple closet organization system is easy, cheap and working for us.
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So now that I’ve tackled one closet in the house, it’s time to get to work on Spring Cleaning the rest of the house! Read more tips and tricks for Spring Cleaning by visiting the blogs below, these Mama’s are sure to have some great tips for us all! And to help you get your Spring Cleaning Started we even threw in a giveaway!
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Laureen @ Chateau Deveau – Playroom & Toy Storage