Springtime is here, which means it’s time for some spring cleaning! While most people focus on decluttering the living room and kitchen, there are some other small spots in the home that can easily get overlooked.
So, to get ready for some deep cleaning, in today’s post we’re sharing five small spots you’re probably forgetting to organize — and of course, how to organize them like a pro!
1. The Junk Drawer(s)
We all have them—those catch-all drawers where we dump all of the odds and ends that don’t have a home elsewhere. Days after days, months after months, we’re suddenly left with a drawer (or two, or three) overflowing with junk. And you know what, we even have no idea how some of that stuff got in there in the first place!
The good news is that decluttering and organizing your junk drawer(s) is actually pretty simple. Start by taking everything out of the drawer (yes, everything!) and giving it a good wipe-down. Then, start sorting through the items, keeping only what you use on a regular basis and getting rid of the rest.
Use small baskets, bins, or boxes to organize items by category, such as office supplies, batteries, etc. And don’t forget to label everything so you can easily find what you’re looking for later on!
If you want a complete guide on decluttering and organizing your junk drawer(s), check out this post: How to Turn Your Junk Drawer into a Truly Organized Chaos
2. Under the Sink
The area under your kitchen or bathroom sink is prime real estate for clutter. From cleaning supplies to spare toilet paper rolls, this is one spot where things can quickly get out of hand. Most of the time, we just shove everything under the sink and forget about it until we need it—sound familiar?
Well, lemme tell you, it doesn’t have to be this way! With a little bit of time and effort, you can easily transform your under-sink area into an organized oasis that will make your life so much easier.
Start by taking everything out from under the sink and giving the area a good cleaning. Then, sort through your items and get rid of anything that you don’t use or need. Next, invest in some storage bins, baskets, or shelves to help keep everything organized and in its place. Normally, I like to keep cleaning supplies in one bin and spare toiletries in another—this way everything has a designated home and I always know where to find it.
And don’t forget to utilize the space on the door! Attach a tension rod under the sink and use it to hang spray bottles, sponges, or other small items. You can also use Command Hooks to hang towels, aprons, or cleaning rags.
3. The Medicine Cabinet
Like under the sink, the medicine cabinet can also quickly become a dumping ground for all sorts of items—from expired medicines and vitamins to first-aid supplies and makeup. Since this is an area where you likely store items that are important (or potentially dangerous), it’s important to keep it organized.
Sort through everything and throw away any expired items or anything you no longer need. Then, consider investing in a medicine cabinet organizer to keep things sorted in the future. This will help ensure that you always know where everything is when you need it—and help prevent potential accidents, like mixing up medicines.
As usual, the rule of “a place for everything and everything in its place” applies here. So take the time to find a home for every item in your medicine cabinet, whether that’s in a drawer, bin, or shelf. Floating items will just end up back in the cabinet eventually!
4. The Bookshelf/Entertainment Center
Whether it’s due to busy schedules or lazy weekends spent binge-watching Netflix, many of us have a tendency to let our bookshelves and entertainment centers turn into total messes. Not only does this make it difficult to find what we’re looking for, but it can also be pretty darn unappealing to look at! So next time you’re looking for something to do on a Saturday afternoon, why not spend an hour or two decluttering your bookcase or entertainment center?
If you have a lot of movies, games, or books, consider sorting them into different categories. For example, you could have a “Family” section, a “Classics” section, or a “To Be Watched” pile for movies. This will make it much easier to find what you’re looking for—and help prevent you from accidentally watching the same movie for the hundredth time.
Similarly, if you have a lot of books, try arranging them by genre or author. Or, if you’re really short on space, consider getting rid of any books that you haven’t read in the past year or so. If you’re not ready to let them go just yet, consider donating them to your local library or used bookstore.
A clean and organized bookshelf or DVD shelf will not only help you find what you’re looking for more easily, but it will also give your space a much more polished look.
5. The Laundry Room
The laundry room is often one of the most neglected areas in the house—but it doesn’t have to be! If your laundry room is anything like ours, then it’s probably packed full of cleaning supplies, extra light bulbs, and who knows what else. Although we seem to spend quite a decent amount of time in this room, it’s often one of the last places we think to organize.
To get your laundry room into tip-top shape, start by decluttering all of the surfaces. Wipe down the washer and dryer, empty out any cabinets or shelves, and get rid of anything that you don’t use or need. By the way, when you’re in the room, maybe you should consider some deep-cleaning tasks, like cleaning the lint trap on your dryer (this will help your clothes dry faster and reduce the risk of fire).
Once you’ve decluttered, take some time to find a home for everything. This room will definitely need a good investment in storage bins, shelves, and hooks. By keeping everything organized and in its place, you’ll make doing laundry a much less daunting task—and help prevent any potential accidents (like leaving the iron on).
These are just a few small spots in your home that are probably due for a good decluttering session during springtime. Although it may seem like a lot of work, taking the time to organize these areas will help reduce stress, make your home more enjoyable to live in, and— best of all—help prevent any potential accidents. So what are you waiting for? Get started today!
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