6 Easy DIY Spring Organization Projects
Our home is our oasis from life’s daily demands. Nothing feels better than after coming home after a long day, slip into your pajamas and have a relaxing evening. If your home is full of clutter relaxing at home can be nearly impossible. This spring start tackling those organizational projects you’ve been putting off.
Below are suggestions and ideas that will help put your home on the right track so your home can be clean and clutter free and you can impress your partner with your newfound organizational talents.
- Kitchen Cupboards – Inventory the items in the cupboards. Think about their location in your kitchen and group items that are similar together. Tip: pots/pans and plates are used when cooking so consider moving them closer to the stove. Ask yourself questions like do you need both a steamer and a rice maker? How many sets of dishes do you need? Donate, sell or throw out any items you no longer need.
- Bedroom Furniture – Look around at the size of your bedroom. Having too many items (dressers, tables) can make the room feel small and jam packed Gain some space by replacing your dresser with a highboy (a tall chest of drawers on legs). A highboy holds the same number of items but has a smaller footprint. You can pick up storage containers for underneath the bed from your local hardware store. They are great for storing your seasonal clothes, shoes and other items.
- Bedroom Closets – The best advice is to clean them out. Go through your clothes and donate any items that no longer fits; you haven’t worn in over a year and dated clothing. After that’s done group your clothing by type: shirts, sweaters, ties, jeans, khakis so you’ll always know what’s in your closet.
- Hall Closets – Group linens according to their use: bedroom, bathroom, dining table and identify their location on the shelves (you can also make labels so everyone in the family knows what goes where). To prevent bed linens from going missing try this trick – tuck the sheets inside one of the pillow cases that way when the beds need to be changed (or when company comes) you have everything you need together. For smaller items like tea towels or face cloths put them in baskets so they don’t go missing or fall off the shelf. Any extra toiletries can be stored in baskets so you’ll always know what you have lots of or what you need to pick up.
- Installing Shelving: Add shelving to your empty wall(s) to display family photos, collectables that can take up valuable table space. If you have a stellar movie collection pick up some inexpensive shelving at your local home repair store and organize and display your prized collection. Take back the garage and add shelves to store tools, Christmas decorations, rakes, bicycles, etc.
- Medicine Cabinet – Would it surprise you that medicine shouldn’t be kept in the bathroom? Most medications need to be kept in a cold dry place. Only place items like your cabinet, toothbrush, toothpaste, razor etc. in your “medicine cabinet.” Store your medication in a lock box if you have young children (that way they can’t touch or accidently take your medication)
Jeremy Godfrey is a writer and do it yourself enthusiast. When he’s not working here he’s home tackling his next home improvement project.