Spring Cleaning 365

 

Spring Cleaning 365 | Are you looking for a daily cleaning challenge to keep your home spring clean fresh all year long? Well, look no further!
I am SUPER excited to introduce to you my good friend and blogging buddy, Christine Satterfield.

Christine blogs at I Dream of Clean, and Spring Cleaning 365.

I hope you enjoy the podcast we did together.

Here are a few posts that we talked about.

Home Organization Life Cycle | Are you looking for a daily cleaning challenge to keep your home spring clean fresh all year long? Well, look no further!

The Home Life Cycle

How to Clean Your Oven

For more information go to Spring Cleaning 365.

And here are a few TV segments that I have done in the past to help you with your Spring Cleaning.

Spring Cleaning and Organization Challenge - Week 1: Get Ready! | Organize365

 

Welcome to Organize 365’s Spring Cleaning and Organization Challenge: Prepare!

Spring is coming, and with warmer days comes the unquenchable desire to PURGE and organize! But before we can begin, we must PREPARE.

First, how much time do you have to devote to this challenge each week? It doesn’t matter if it is 30 minutes or 3 days, pick a realistic amount of time to manage your expectations.

Second, get your supplies ready! Do you need to stock up on trash bags? I like to use 2 different colors, one for trash and one for donations.

Next, decide IF you will be having a garage sale. If so, set the date, and find a location to start piling your sale items.

 

 

My Spring Cleaning Checklist | Organize 365

There is nothing more frustrating than to have to STOP a project to go BUY something to finish it.

So, I am getting ready for spring!

Here is my Spring Cleaning Checklist of items I am stocking up on for spring cleaning.

Thanks to Meijer for sponsoring this post. You all know Meijer is my ONE stop shop. I love getting everything I need in ONE trip!

Here are the 10 items I have on hand for my upcoming Spring Cleaning projects.

spring cleaning checklist

1. Lawn and leaf bags. I LOVE BIG bags like this for yard work and decluttering tasks. When I organize a kitchen, we often will set up one of these bags to catch all of the recyclable items like empty boxes, recyclable plastic containers, and paper. This keeps the bulk out of the recycle bin and the recyclables out of the landfill!

 

Here’s proof I can fill a LOT of bags!

 

2. Gardening gloves. I like to wear gardening gloves when I weed. Often, I will just pull a few weeds as I am walking around the yard, but if I am going to be pulling more than a handful of weeds, I use gloves. I have a few pairs, but I LOVE a fresh new pair of gloves each year.

 

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3. Preen Garden Weed Preventer. I LOVE a pretty garden with flowers and different things blooming all summer. But I don’t have the time {or want to stop doing something else to make the time} for that in this season of my life. SO, I have been systematically replacing our flower beds and mulched areas with… GRASS!

 

LOOK how well the area under the trampoline filled in! After 4 summers of eliminating gardens and planting grass, I am finally down to JUST the gardens I want with almost ALL perennial flowers! I am going to weed and put down Preen Garden Weed Preventer under the mulch and FINALLY be able to relax outside instead of WORK!

 

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4. New flocked hangers for my daughter. I love my flocked hangers. I am picking up some more and changing Abby’s plastic hangers out for flocked ones. The flocked hangers keep her tops on the hanger and off the floor!

 

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5. New laundry baskets. I use my laundry baskets to collect donations, collect items and move them back where they belong in the house, and for laundry. My baskets are about 8 years old and cracked. I need a few new ones. I will send the old ones FULL off to Goodwill!

 

6. Big garage hooks for a garage project. I am still working on getting my garage organized the way I want it. So, I am picking up some large garage hooks.

 

garage hooks
7. Washing machine washer packets. It drives me crazy that I have to wash my washing machine, but I DO, and as the weather warms up, I will need to wash it more often.

 

8. Bleach, vinegar and baking soda.  Spring is the time when I use these cleaners the most and I don’t want to be caught without them!

 

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9. Mr. Clean and Windex. I use Mr. Clean to clean our Pergo floors on my hands and knees. Nothing else gets them as clean and streak free. For all other cleaning, I use Windex. We go through SO much Windex! I use it in the bathroom, on the kitchen counters, windows, laminate furniture, and just about everything I clean and organize that is not “real” wood.

 

10. New kitchen towels.  I buy new kitchen towels twice a year. I LOVE having new kitchen towels!

 

Organize 365 Spring Cleaning and Organization Challenge: Pantries!

Organize 365 Spring Cleaning and Organization Challenge WEEK 2 ~ Pantries! | Organize 365

 

The pantry is a GREAT place to start your organizational journey. It is a small space with only one function… to hold food!

Pantry Organization Process

Depending on the time you have available, either empty the WHOLE pantry, or do one shelf at a time.

1. Empty the space.

2. Get rid of what you don’t want or won’t use. {Donate your food to a local food pantry!}

3. Sort what is left by categories.

4. Use containers to corral foods and make your space look more organized.

5. Add shelving or other space saving items to maximize your space.

Pantry Categories

Here are the most typical pantry categories I use when organizing a pantry

  • Breakfast
  • Chips
  • Snack bars
  • Lunch station
  • Baking items
  • Pasta – Rice
  • Crackers
  • Salad fixins
  • Kids’ snacks
  • Coffee and teas
  • Flour and sugars

Here are my best pantry tips to maximize your food storage.

Spring Cleaning and Organization Week 2 - Pantries | Organize365

First, take the items out of the boxes when you store them. 

These plastic boxes are  available at Walmart. They fit perfectly on deep pantry shelves. I was able to empty cases of diet foods into these shelves.

Spring Cleaning and Organization Week 2 - Pantries | Organize365

Use taller containers to corral cans. Putting cans in containers prevents tall can stacks from toppling and creating stockpiling catastrophes.

Spring Cleaning and Organization Week 2 - Pantries | Organize365

I love using document boxes to corral items on wire shelving.

I am a big color person and like to divide my foods by color.

Spring Cleaning and Organization Week 2 - Pantries | Organize365

My FAVORITE pantry trick is to put a shoe organizer in the pantry. 

Cans perfectly fit on the shelves!

Spring Cleaning and Organization Week 2 - Pantries | Organize365

Spring Cleaning and Organization Week 2 - Pantries | Organize365

 

Organize 365 Spring Cleaning and Organization Challenge:  Kitchen Drawers

Organize 365 Spring Cleaning and Organization Challenge WEEK 3 - Kitchen Drawers | Organize 365

When I redesigned my kitchen, I added 2 whole units of drawers and a few drawers underneath the cabinets!

Spring Cleaning and Organization Week 3: Kitchen Drawers | Organize365
kitchen drawer organization

Spring Cleaning and Organization Week 3: Kitchen Drawers | Organize365

Spring Cleaning and Organization Week 3: Kitchen Drawers | Organize365

My past kitchen had too few drawers. While you may not be able to add drawers to your kitchen, you can always maximize what you do have!

Kitchen Drawer Organization Process 

I tend to organize ONE drawer at a time.

1. Empty the drawer.

2. Clean the drawer well with a Clorox wipe or soapy water.

3. If your drawers are older, consider adding drawer liners.

Spring Cleaning and Organization Week 3: Kitchen Drawers | Organize365       Spring Cleaning and Organization Week 3: Kitchen Drawers | Organize365

See the difference?

4. Get rid of what you don’t want or won’t use.

5. Set aside items that are used only once or twice a year into a bin.

Spring Cleaning and Organization Week 3: Kitchen Drawers | Organize365

6. Use containers to corral items and make your space look more organized.

 

Drawer Categories

Here are the most typical drawer categories I use when organizing a pantry:

  • silverware
  • utensils
  • paper lunch bags and wraps
  • potholders and towels
  • office supplies
  • bread

Other drawers I have created:

  • a wine drawer
  • water bottles
  • baby “stuff”
  • grilling
  • home improvement
  • coffee
  • spices

Here are my best kitchen drawer organization tips to maximize your storage.

kitchen drawer organization

This configuration of bins allows for smaller and longer items to reside in the same drawer.

Spring Cleaning and Organization Week 3: Kitchen Drawers | Organize365

Everyone needs an office supply drawer. However, you don’t need to house ALL your extra office supplies in the kitchen. House the excess office supplies in another location.

Spring Cleaning and Organization Week 3: Kitchen Drawers | Organize365

How many pot holders do you have? Honestly, most people have 12 or more. We have 4 and it’s 2 more than we “need.” Be ruthless here and really pare your potholders down. Many clients gain a whole drawer of space by doing so!

Spring Cleaning and Organization Week 3: Kitchen Drawers | Organize365

If you have the drawer space, I love to store spices in drawers. they fit so nicely and are easy to read!

Spring Cleaning and Organization Week 3: Kitchen Drawers | Organize365

Once you start looking, you will see drawer organizers everywhere. Here are some I picked up this week, all for under a $10 each.

1. Ikea (about $4?)

2. Target ($2?)

3. The dollar store ($1!)

4. Meijer

Here is a video from a client’s kitchen drawer reorganization, including that wine drawer.

Organize 365 Spring Cleaning and Organization Challenge: Kitchen Cabinets

Organize 365 Spring Cleaning & Organizing Challenge WEEK 4: Kitchen Cabinets | Organize 365

Have you lived in your home more than 5 years?

In my estimation, the average woman’s home works for about 3-5 years before it is time to deep clean, reorganize, and re-systematize.

I have lived in my home for nearly 20 years.

Years 1-5… Newly married with no kids and beautiful landscaping!

Years 6-10… Little kids with big plastic toys, clothes they outgrew weekly, and a minivan!

Years 10-12… The preschool years brought play dates, more home-based businesses, a fenced-in yard and food allergies.

Years 13-14… School age kids with homework needs and a mommy at home.

Years 15-16… A full time working mommy and CHAOS!

Years 17-Present…  A complete reorganization, career change and mommy back at home.

 

Organize 365 Spring Cleaning and Organization Challenge:  The Laundry Room

Today's spring cleaning and organization challenge is the laundry room. You know that room you shove everything in when someone is coming over. | Organize 365

Let’s tackle the laundry room. You know, that room you shove everything in when “someone is coming over.” Or the room you put things that you don’t have another place for, but don’t want to get rid of. Or you may want to get rid of it, but not just yet.

Yeah, the laundry room.

Here on Living Dayton, I shared my top 5 ways to organize your laundry room.

 

My kiddos just came home from grandma’s last night… along with their “stuff.” AND I didn’t do any cleaning while they were gone because I worked, worked, worked.

As is evidenced by this mess…

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The first thing I did was take a nap.

The second thing I did was make a yummy caramel coffee. Hey, I’m good at procrastination, what can I say?!

Spring Cleaning Challenge - Laundry | Organize365

Next, I emptied out the kids’ bags and started a load of laundry.

Here’s how I do laundry…

Our washing machine broke at Christmas time and we got this awesome top loading non-agitator washer that holds a TON of laundry.

1. I wash all the light weight and smaller laundry in one huge load. Yes, I mix colors.

I wash on warm.

Spring Cleaning Challenge - Laundry | Organize365

2. I wash all sweatshirts and jeans in another load.

Spring Cleaning Challenge - Laundry | Organize365

3. I wash all towels and blankets in a final load. If your towels get stinky like mine, here’s a post to help you get rid of that stink!

Here’s why…

Our clothes don’t bleed, so there’s no need to wash separately, and we have very few “all white” clothes.

I wash by weight and this determines how long I have to set the dryer.

The first load takes a while to dry because it is SO full. When it is dry, this is the most labor intensive folding I need to do.

The second and third loads are a snap to fold when they are done drying.

I wash everything about every 4 days. So at the end of the day, everything is dry, folded, and ready to be put away… in theory!

The rest of the mess.

Is your laundry room a “catch all?” Mine is!

Spring Cleaning Challenge - Laundry | Organize365

This basket of papers was started a few weeks ago in anticipation of my monthly night out with the girls to go scrapbooking  Since we are going tomorrow night, I am putting this right in the car now!

Spring Cleaning Challenge - Laundry | Organize365

Now it’s a little easier to see the rest of my hot mess.

The black rack thingy and the calendar were for projects at home.

I had a couple of shirts for the dry cleaner. I put them in the car.

In there were a few food donations. I added those to the food donations I had in the garage and put them in the car, too.

Spring Cleaning Challenge - Laundry | Organize365

OK, a few more items. These are my daughter’s school gym clothes. She and I need to discuss them.

The headphones made their way into the house after our trip to North Carolina MONTHS ago! What is really embarrassing is that the garage is right behind the laundry room! I was so close.

Spring Cleaning Challenge - Laundry | Organize365

Well, it does feel MUCH better to have tackled the laundry room. It is the toughest room for me to keep decluttered. I need to take a look inside the cabinets, but not today!

Spring Cleaning Challenge - Laundry | Organize365 Spring Cleaning Challenge - Laundry | Organize365

 

Spring Cleaning Challenge - Bathrooms | Organize 365

 

Let’s talk about cleaning the bathrooms.

EW!

Mercifully, my camera would not focus to show you the rings in my bathtubs, and the pictures of the floors did not reveal the filth either. And I am sorry, but I draw the line at taking pictures of toilet growth. I have it, but you don’t need a picture of it.

How I did.

So, I set to work. Honestly it’s pathetic how rarely I mop the bathrooms. I have my list of excuses, but that’s all they are, excuses.

My downstairs bathroom, kitchen and hallways are Pergo flooring. I only like how they look when I wash them the old fashioned way, on my hands and knees with a splash of Mr. Clean and hot water.

Spring Cleaning Challenge: Bathrooms | Organize365

Spring Cleaning Challenge: Bathrooms | Organize365

I realize how ridiculous I am. I let the floors get SO dirty because any other method of cleaning leaves “streaks.” So I live with filth {rolling eyes at myself}.

Spring Cleaning Challenge: Bathrooms | Organize365
Can you tell they are dirty?

Anyways… since I was cleaning the bathroom floor, I went ahead and did the whole downstairs. SO, remember this when the challenge is to clean my kitchen floor. I’m already done with that!

I washed the toilets inside and out and scrubbed the two tubs.

Long. Over. Due!

I need to scrub the shower and re-caulk it, but that will have to wait for another day.

 

Spring Cleaning Challenge - Floors | Organize 365

I LOVE to vacuum. Growing up, we had to vacuum the carpet EVERY night for my dad. He liked to see the vacuum lines. I joked to my mom that we should just drag a 2×4 over the floor and we would get the same effect.

I don’t vacuum everyday anymore, but I do vacuum at least 2x a week.

Spring Cleaning Challenge: Floors | Organize365

I like to cut my son’s hair on vacuuming days.

Spring Cleaning Challenge: Floors | Organize365

Some months ago, I spent 2 whole days steam cleaning our carpets. Don’t they look great?

I need to do that again soon! But not this month.

 

Organize 365 Spring Cleaning and Organization Challenge: The Home Office

Whether you work from home or not, you have home “office duties.” A bedroom home office can get the job done.

Bill paying, home maintenance, tax records, and medical files are just the tip of the home office mountain.

Step 1: Create a designated “office” space.

You can carve out a space for a bedroom home office.

You can see mine here.  It is just a corner of my bedroom, but it is my space for just office stuff.

Step 2: Organize and update your office supplies.

Take inventory of what you have and replenish what you need.  There is nothing worse than going to wrap a present and realizing… you’re out of tape!

Step 3: Set office hours.

Pay your bills the same time each week.  Designate a time and place to handle mail.  Set aside time with your calendar to schedule appointments on the phone.

Step 4: Create a Sunday Basket drop zone.

I have blogged about that here… Sunday Basket.

Step 5: Create a mobile office.

See more about this with my appearance on Living Dayton.

 

Organize 365 Spring Cleaning and Organization Challenge: Closets

In week 8 of Organize365's Spring Cleaning and Organizing Challenge, we are tackling closets! See these tips to maximize space in your closets! | Organize 365

Closet organization tops most homemakers’ organization lists.  Here are four out of the box closet organizing ideas that I’d like to share with you.

#1 – Stack and hang to maximize cubby closets.

Just look at all of that organization in a small space!

Organize 365 Spring Cleaning and Organization Challenge WEEK 8: Closets | Organize365

Organize 365 Spring Cleaning and Organization Challenge WEEK 8: Closets | Organize365

#2 – Take out the wire shelving.

We don’t have an abundance of clothes.  I purge all of our closets 3-4 times a year.  I store off-season clothing in bins and only have hanging what is currently in season to wear.  I love how the closet looks with a fresh coat of paint!

Organize 365 Spring Cleaning and Organization Challenge WEEK 8: Closets | Organize365

Organize 365 Spring Cleaning and Organization Challenge WEEK 8: Closets | Organize365

#3 – Turn a guest closet into a crafting retreat.

Organize 365 Spring Cleaning and Organization Challenge WEEK 8: Closets | Organize365

#4 – Put your dresser in your closet.

Organize 365 Spring Cleaning and Organization Challenge WEEK 8: Closets | Organize365

Organize 365 Spring Cleaning and Organization Challenge WEEK 8: Closets | Organize365

 

Organize 365 Spring Cleaning and Organization Challenge: Garage Organization

Do you have issues with your garage? Here's some great garage organization tips to help you out! | Organize 365

Is your garage a hot mess?  Here are some quick garage organization tips!


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