9 Quick Organizing Projects Before Spring

A picture of the back of a home and a table and chairs outside to talk about organizing for Spring.These quick organizing tips will get you and your house ready for the first warm spring day. Block your calendar this month to prepare your home for spring. Take it one task at a time and soon you’ll be ready for your first backyard barbecue.

1. Winter Décor

Let spring in your home by packing away your winter décor. Add some fresh flowers and bright colored pillows to your home.

2. Patio Furniture

Take patio furniture out of storage and give it a good wash down.

3. Entry Doors

Wash down the inside and outside of all entry doors and storm doors. Remove dust and webs from entryways. The sun will shine nicely through the fresh glass.

4. Coat Closet

Organize your coat closet by removing any coats not worn in the past year, laundering the coats, and hanging them the same way.

5. Back Entryway

Remove all items from the back entryway. Wipe down the walls, the baseboards, and give the floor a good scrub. Pack away winter items and bring out the spring jackets, shoes, and umbrellas.

6. Winter Outerwear

Wash and dry or dry clean all winter outerwear before packing it away. Pack winter wear loosely in bins or hang garment bags on clean coats to keep them fresh for the next season.

7. Windows

Wash your windows inside and out. Wipe webs and dust from window frames, and vacuum dust from sills. The clean windows will brighten up your space on warm spring days.

8. Grill

Pull out your grill and give it a good cleaning. Scrub down the grates, degrease the base, and polish the stainless. Check the level in the propane tank so you are ready to grill some burgers.

9. Vehicle

A warm, dry day is a great time to clean the salt and dirt on the inside and outside of your car. It is such a good feeling to have a clean car on a warm spring day.

Top Shelf Home Organizing loves to help busy families transition to the new season. We would love to chat with you about creating a plan to get your home ready for spring. Give Jayme a call.

Fall Organizing Checklist to Prepare for Cold Winter Months

Fall brings the feeling of nesting for us all.  The season change and a cold winter ahead has us planning and preparing.  Getting a start on fall organizing will make your fall more relaxed.  Here are some things you can do right now to prepare.

Garage Organizing

With any organization process, the key to cleaning is clearing away the clutter.

  • Spread everything into your driveway, to go through everything you’ve piled into the garage.
  • Group by use such as toys, tools, garbage and equipment.
  • Get rid of anything you haven’t used in two years.
  • Get rid of anything broken, or otherwise considered junk.
  • Buy hooks and shelves to get as much as you can off the floor. Storage is important. Peg boards, wall shelves, rolling carts and wall hooks should be used whenever possible.
  • Buy clear bins with labels to help keep smaller items organized and easy to find when needed. Consider open bins for toys and equipment that are frequently accessed.
  • Mark areas where items get stored such as labels on the walls and shelves, and painter’s tape on the floor.
Outside Organizing

With your outdoor areas packed up, you can enjoy the cooler month’s guilt-free and tucked indoors.

  • Take care of and pack up your outdoor living items.
  • Clean any pieces you plan to store: cushions, hammocks, umbrellas.
  • Stack patio furniture and cushions, and store in your garage or on a covered porch. If you don’t have the room, you can leave furniture outside with heavy-duty waterproof furniture covers. These will stand up to winter weather and keep everything protected. Most granite pieces can withstand the elements so you can leave those alone, but softer stones like cast stone, marble or manufactured stone should be either covered or moved.
  • Clean and cover your grill, but you don’t need to pack it away. Keep your grill available for grilling all winter.
Yard Organizing

The beginning of fall is the perfect time to prep your lawn for a lush spring. You won’t be planting any new plants, but you’ll want to prep your green areas for the impending cold. And cooler temperatures mean you won’t be boiling in the summer sun while you work outdoors in the yard.

  • Reseed any bare spots in your lawn and use a winter fertilizer that builds resistance to the cold.
  • Prepare for the fall and winter by fertilizing, mulching and pruning shrubs and trees.
  • Always rake fallen leaves.
  • Plant bulbs for spring flowers.
Kitchen Organizing
  • Pull out summer entertaining items and outdoor dishes to free up space in your cabinets and countertops.
  • Clear the pantry of summer convenience foods.
  • Before your next trip to the grocery store (or delivery), empty the refrigerator. Toss items that are expired.
  • Wipe down all shelves and walls of the refrigerator.
  • Inventory what food items you have and plan some meals around those items.
  • Jot down some favorite fall meals to make your meal planning a bit easier.

Enjoy the cooler weather. Remember to take your organizing journey one step at a time. Focus on what matters and what will have the biggest impact for you.

If finding the time and creating a strategy to organize is overwhelming, a professional organizer can help. See if Top Shelf Home Organizing can help you on your journey.  Contact Jayme to schedule a consult or chat about organizing.

Feelings of Lightness and Freedom through Spring Cleaning

Spring CleaningSpring cleaning for some is a chore for others a joy. However, the result of a thoroughly cleaned home brings lightness and freedom to everyone.

Spring cleaning items:
  • Strip the beds down to the mattress and wash all linens.
  • Clean the frames and headboards of beds.
  • Moved and empty furniture and wash baseboards.
  • Clean ceiling fans.
  • Empty china cabinets and give them a good cleaning.
  • Empty every inch of each closet and inventory, value assess, wash and clean surfaces, and organize clothes in a useful and efficient way.

Effectively spring cleaning means no corner is left untouched by brooms, dusters, scrub brushes, rags and other cleaning weapons.

The task of spring cleaning is big. But, if you break it down into daily tasks, your home can be fresh, clean and organized before the kids get out of school.  Although I’m personally not a cleaning expert, I do love a clean house. For some great cleaning resources check out cleanmama.net, and their free printable’s like their spring cleaning checklist.

You will feel a change of energy in your home and in your self after a day of thorough de-cluttering and cleaning. Your home will feel lighter, brighter and more cheerful.

The best part of de-cluttering and organizing for me is hearing my clients describe similar feelings of lightness and freedom after a session together. Whether organizing a home or office, de-cluttering can be a cathartic passing of the old and the start of a whole new season in life.

What are your plans this spring?

Is a cluttered room or desk stopping you from enjoying your home or office the way you’d like to enjoy it? Have your dust bunnies proliferated beyond a reasonable limit? Do you find spring-cleaning to be a daunting task of Olympian magnitude? Has it never even occurred to you that a good spring-cleaning would be appropriate at the office?

If organizing and cleaning is overwhelming, a professional organizer can help.  See if Top Shelf Home Organizing can help you on your journey.  Contact Jayme to schedule a consult or chat about organizing.