With the arrival of the first day of spring in 2014, and with the wrapping up of winter, like most people I don’t enjoy the clutter that winter brings along with it. Winter is a time for the dust bunnies to cover the house under every furniture surface and for the winter clothes to come out of storage along. But with the arrival of spring, restoring all of the clutter that comes out during winter can be a huge hassle, an almost impossible task that takes the best of organizers, so luckily for you I have come up with 4 organization tips that will make your spring cleaning a breeze.
We normally take for granted or rarely notice all the space underneath our beds probably because we utilize them mainly for sleeping. But the best thing about beds is they can be the golden gate for storage purposes. With the proper storage techniques, a normal queen size bed can handle up to 60% of your yearly storage. The first method to utilizing your bed as a storage helper is to buy bed raisers. These can be anywhere from 3 inches to 7 inches made of plastic or wood in a variety of shapes and sizes, usually bed risers can accommodate bed sizes universally. This is great for storing window air conditioners underneath your bed during the spring where otherwise they would leave them out in open. Also bed risers can allow for bigger tubs and containers to be stored underneath beds and under the bed storage can easily be hidden by a long bed skirt.
Coffee table bins
For those of you who have 2 tier square or rectangle coffee table that are 5 to 7 inches of height of the ground, a great tip is to storm large storage bins underneath your coffee table. I have a 2 tier coffee table that is a rectangle which leaves the legs of the table 5 to 7 inches off the ground which allows open space underneath perfect for storing bins. Since I have kids I usually keep my coffee table underneath my TV against my wall to utilize more open living room space, and I only use it when I need it. This also helps keep it safe from damage and keeps my kids safe because they are not always bumping into it or falling over it as they would be if it were sitting in the middle of the room.
Room arrangement tips
With the arrival of spring we often find the need to rearrange the furniture in our rooms. When I rearrange furniture I tried to complement the open space by rearranging the furniture along the walls if possible. Try not to leave furniture in the middle of the room, and also try to arrange the furniture so the corners of bed meet corners of wall and so on, this allows for bigger open space areas within rooms as well as space that can be utilized underneath beds and furniture.
The hardest part of reorganizing has to be the reorganizing of pantries and cupboards, especially kitchen drawers. What I like to do is make sure that I have drawer organizers, and use small boxes & bins to organize under the sink. Also it can be very helpful to organize you’re the things inside your pantry according to size. For example I organize my pantry by putting cereal boxes at the bottom shelf, on my second shelf I put snacks and small boxes that might be similar size to one another, and on the highest shelf of my pantry I put things that are seldom used such as papers that I might need to put somewhere or other foods that don’t fit or don’t mix with the other things in the pantry. Also using a adjustable shower rod underneath kitchen sinks can help easily organize cleaning spray bottles.