Late on Spring Cleaning? Don’t Sweat It!

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Getting into spring cleaning by washing windows. Image courtesy of Pixabay.com

It seems that spring for many of us has finally come and it’s nearly summer already. With such late winter and spring weather I am sure many are feeling a bit out of sorts with spring cleaning that didn’t get done because it was cold so late in the year. Now it seems a mad rush to the end of school and graduations, vacation plans and everything else that goes with the beginning of summer. So today we have some tips for getting yourself organized, prioritized and off to a late but great start to the summer season of fun!

If your spring cleaning got pushed back because of weather and long winter blues, these quick tips will help you get done enough to get by for now and not overwhelmed enough to ruin your summer.

Super-fast de-clutter

  • Go room by room through your home and get rid of the surface clutter.
  • No deep cleaning just the clutter you can see.
  • Don’t shuffle it around– put it away or throw it away.
  • You shouldn’t spend more than a couple hours per room.
  • If you have one catch-all room that you know will take longer, avoid that until you have a whole day to devote to that room alone.

Refresh

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  • Wash the curtains or change them to pretty summery styles that let in all that natural sunlight.
  • Feather dust cobwebs from the corners, again no deep cleaning just cobwebs.
  • Sweep and mop or shampoo carpets- if you have many carpeted rooms hire a professional, look for multiple room specials.
  • Put essential oil diffusers in each room of your home with fresh citrus or flower scents.
  • Wash bedding and rugs; hang them outside if possible to get that fresh air scent.

Spring Cleaning To-do later list

  • Deep cleaning that really needs to be done.
  • Home repairs or upgrades needed that you find as you de-clutter and refresh.
  • Change out leaky faucets with Maestro Bath products
  • Note things that you want to give to charity or put in a yard sale.
  • Note anything else that is a major task to do later.

Plan work days for rainy forecasts

Check the weather forecasts to plan a deep cleaning day, home repair day or reorganization day when there is going to be rain or clouds. This lets you get the basic spring cleaning and refreshing done in a weekend and not feel guilty about deep cleaning. By planning ahead, you can concentrate on larger tasks for one whole day when you aren’t going to be rushed or stressed about getting it all done. No need to do all the spring cleaning in just one day.  That never works.

Start a new routine

  • Keep clutter under control daily, everything in the home should have its place and should go there immediately.
  • If a new item comes into the house, an old one goes out.
  • Assign family managers of certain rooms or tasks and delegate the upkeep to them.

With these quick tips and planned deep cleaning or repair days you should be able to get your house de-cluttered and refreshed in a single weekend. That will leave you free to worry about what fun you are going to have this summer and not the spring cleaning that did not get done.

There is no rule that says you have to do all the spring cleaning at once, or that it even has to be done in the spring. Most of us are craving fresh air and light when we want to clean and freshen the house, so do that and don’t sweat the deep cleaning all at once!

Spring Cleaning? Get Organized With WoodTrac Closets #WoodTracSpring15 : The Installation

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A couple of weeks after my Woodtrac Hanging Half Cabinets arrived, the handyman that I use for household projects had a day that he could devote to the installation. I have to say at this point, that if you are a young person who has some experience with putting things together, and can lift up to fifty pounds, you could install these units yourself. My husband and I are not physically able to do things like this anymore, so we hire someone to do it for us.

The WoodTrac Hanging Half Units stacked up in my bedroom

The WoodTrac Hanging Half Units stacked up in my bedroom

The first thing we had Young Joe do (yes, we call him that) was to take a few minutes to watch the installation videos on the WoodTrac website:

The video shows how to do the easy installation of the cabinets. Also, each unit shipped comes with installation instructions packed in the box, along with all the hardware needed.

Young Joe reading the instructions while putting the cabinets together.

Young Joe reading the instructions while putting the cabinets together.

I only have two closets in my whole house, and each is a typical closet with folding doors. Because the units I received each measured 36″, and the width of my closets is 68″, Young Joe had to cut one of the units for each closet, to make it 30″ wide. He said it was really easy to trim the top and bottom pieces to the correct width. However, when you purchase your units, you will be measuring your closets, or have a closet designer do it for you, so that you will not have to take this step. The Woodtrac Hanging Half Units come in a variety of widths so that you can customize your installation to fit your closets.

The hanging half units are assembled and ready to hang.

The hanging half units are assembled and ready to hang.

Young Joe assembled and installed six Woodtrac Hanging Half Closet Organizer units in my home in one afternoon. He started the job around noon, and finished up with the last one around five p.m. Once you get started and have all of the tools needed on hand, you can install these units very quickly.

WoodTrac Hanging Half Closet Organizers installed over my laundry machines.

WoodTrac Hanging Half Closet Organizers installed over my laundry machines.

One of the things I really love about the Woodtrac Hanging Half Closet Organizers is that you can put them anywhere you need them. We had some extras after installing two in each closet, so we decided to hang two over our laundry machines. This gives us room to store laundry detergent and fabric softeners, and also to hang clothing as it comes out of the dryer. My husband also likes to hang dry some of our clothing, and he can do that very easily now that we have these units installed in the laundry room.

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Spring Cleaning? Get Organized With WoodTrac Closets #WoodTracSpring15

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The closet in our bedroom

The closet in our bedroom

One of the things I really hate about our house is that there are only two closets in the whole house. And to make matters worse, the way that the hanging rods are spaced is weird–the one in my bedroom is about halfway up the wall. Because of this, it is hard to hang a winter coat in there–it drags the floor.

Lots of wasted space in the closet

Lots of wasted space in the closet

You may also notice that there is no shelf above the rod at all, leaving a ton of wasted space in the closet. The way that rod was installed in the beginning would have allowed for three shelves but nope, none were there.

The floor of my bedroom closet

The floor of my bedroom closet

It was really hard to get a picture of the floor of the closet. That’s because you can’t see it. We had just piled stuff in there when we moved in and it has never been moved in two and a half years. When I was taking everything out of the closet to install the organizers from WoodTrac, I found a bag of shoes. I just threw them all away. I figured if I haven’t worn them in that long, I probably won’t ever.

If that one bedroom closet hasn’t given you the creeps yet, let me show you the other closet. It’s the one in my sewing room. I don’t think I could have crammed one more thing in there:

The sewing and craft room closet

The sewing and craft room closet

It was so frustrating to go into this room and try to sew or do some kind of craft, because all of the supplies were just crammed into the closet. Evey single time I needed something to sew with, to craft with, or whatever, I had to move boxes of “stuff” to find what I was looking for.

Another view of the sewing room closet: Shambles!

Another view of the sewing room closet: Shambles!

You will notice that this closet had a shelf at the top. It was so high up in the closet that I couldn’t reach anything that was up there without a ladder, so I always felt like that shelf was useless.

Because I had these ridiculously disorganized closets, I was very happy when WoodTrac Closets contacted me and asked if I wanted to review their Hanging Half Closet units. WoodTrac by Sauder has a beautiful full line of closet organizers. I only wish I had more closets or a bigger one so that I could put more of them in my home. Wouldn’t this be just fabulous in the bedroom:

These closet organizers are so pretty!

These closet organizers are so pretty!

The next time, I’ll show you the installation process! OH! and stay tuned for a giveaway for some of these awesome closet organizers.

A New Year, A New Plan

The plan for this new year is to get some organization going on in the house. While I really love having the house, the one thing I dislike about it is that there are only two closets in the whole house. There is not really much storage room at all. Yes, ALL of this stuff was in our trailer, which by the way has plenty of storage. I need to be able to go through all of the boxes, bags, and containers to sort out what needs to be kept, what needs to be sold or donated, and what just needs to be thrown away. I haven’t even started on doing this, because I need some sort of storage options for them. I would love to have some more drawers and shelves, sort of like these from Sterilite, and these from Closet Maid.

The Office/Sewing Room

The Office/Sewing Room

Once I get things sorted out and put away, I want to get the walls painted. I already have the paint, just need to get things out of the way so Fabgrandpa can do the work for me.

Office Closet

Office Closet

As you can see, we just brought stuff in out of the trailer, and stacked it in the closet. There are things in there that need to be hung on walls, or put on display in the living room. We have paintings, photos, other artwork. Pottery, knick knacks, etc., that I have been saving since we sold our last house in 2000. Some days I really don’t know where to start. And, really, do you think I am able to think amidst all this chaos?? I am sitting in the living room in my recliner right now because I just can’t concentrate in there.

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My desk. Who can work like this?

So, my plan right now is to get this one room organized first. Getting that done will be a positive step, one that will take some of the stress out of my life right now. I just can’t stand having such a junked up room.

Tomorrow, I’ll show you another room that needs remodeling and organizing. One step at a time, I keep telling myself.