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Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring Cleaning Tips

With spring right around the corner, it’s a great time to start planning your annual spring-cleaning projects. If you’re like most people, you’ve probably let clutter build up in your laundry room, closets and basement over the last year. With the right organizational tools, a little time and some spring cleaning tips you can quickly have your home organized.

Your local True Value hardware store has the right products and expert advice you need to get started. Follow the steps below to get the job done.

Organize Your Laundry Room
Clean Out Closets
Organize and Clean Your Basement 


 

Organize Your Laundry Room

Organize Your Laundry Room

The laundry room usually gets the least amount of thought when it comes to organization and spring cleaning– especially if it’s in the basement. It’s also the place where things get stashed without thinking about what will happen with them later.

Here are a few things to include on your spring cleaning list, that will help keep your laundry room a neat and efficient place to wash clothes, while still using it as a storage space.

 

Step 1. Install Shelves and/or Cabinets
Shelves and cabinets add storage space and can keep clutter in place. They can also give you room for folded clothes and organizing detergent, fabric softener and other laundry supplies.

 

Keep your shelves organized. Storage containers are great for stowing away items you don't need all the time, keeping them clean and dust-free. With storage containers, you can keep similar items on the same shelf. This will make finding everything from holiday decorations to extra blankets easier. Try keeping a smaller storage container around for those items lost in the washer/dryer like coins, buttons, etc.

Helpful Tip:
  • A small trash bin for lint and used dryer sheets is a great thing to have handy next to the washer and dryer.

Step 2. Use Laundry Hampers or Sorters
It may go without saying, but the more organized your dirty laundry is, the easier things will be when it comes time to do the wash. A hamper or a basket will keep your dirty laundry easy to handle before the wash; a sorter will help you organize dirty laundry into loads before laundry day.

Step 3. Get a Clothes Rack
Setting up a drying rack next to the washer gives you the perfect place to hang clothes as they come out of the washer, especially delicates. A drying rack not only lets you lay clothes flat to dry, but with hangers, you can also hang garments from the rack. That'll keep you from scattering wet clothes all around the laundry room, perched on every available hanging place.

Step 4. Use a Folding Table
A folding table or rollaway cart is a great resource for folding clothes as they come out of the dryer. A table or a cart is there for you when you need it and easy to put away when you don't, keeping your laundry room organized when it's not laundry day.

wooden hangers

Clean Out Closets

When you’re spring cleaning this year, don’t forget the bedroom and linen closets. These nooks and crannies need a good dressing up as well. Once you’ve emptied everything and vacuumed and dusted the closet, follow these steps:

Step 1. Have the Right Tools
Make closet organizing a priority for your yearly spring cleaning tasks. Look for closet organizer kits with adjustable shelves. These can be easily moved and reconfigured as your storage needs change. To maximize your closet’s functionality, try multi-pocket shoe organizers that hang on the inside or outside of closet doors. These handy organizers also make the perfect holder for hosiery, scarves, ties, belts and other accessories. Finally, consider installing additional shelving above a hanger rod. Reclaim that wasted space and increase your storage.

Step 2. Be Practical, Think Ahead
A key part of spring cleaning can be donating items you no longer use. As you organize, keep in mind how often you use different items in your closet. Items worn often should be easily accessible, stored at a height between your shoulders and your knees. Items used less frequently can be stored on higher shelves or in bins at ground level.

If you haven't worn a piece of clothing since you cleaned out your closet last year, consider donating it. Get rid of unnecessary clutter. Don't forget to leave plenty of space for future clothing purchases and items still in the laundry.

The same goes for linen closets. Keep frequently used towels and bedding within reach. Organize linens and spare blankets according to size. And if you have linens you no longer use, consider donating them.

Helpful Tip:
  • Keep a folding step stool handy to quickly access all parts of your closet.

Organize and Clean Your Basement

Is your basement the home for everything you want to keep but don’t know what to do with? In a lot of homes, the basement is a catchall, and when it comes time for spring cleaning this year, it’s usually the space that needs the most attention.

plastic organizational tote

Step 1. Use Caution When Storing Items
The basement is a traditional storage area, but anything you keep there could be susceptible to flooding and mildew damage, especially if you live in an area where it rains often. If you have a damp basement, avoid storing photographs, artwork, food or clothing in the basement. Anything stored there should be kept in plastic, waterproof bins rather than cardboard boxes. For the best storage conditions, keep the basement temperature between 60º and 75ºF (15 to 24ºC).

Step 2. Organize
Keep long-term storage items in one area. Store unique old toys, baby books and other nostalgic items together for easy access. Move clothing, bathroom, kitchen items and bedding to their designated areas. Using a labeler or permanent marker, clearly label all boxes, baskets and containers. Install additional shelving if needed to organize books, electronic equipment and other frequently used items.

shop vacuum

Step 3. Clean Up
To finish spring cleaning your basement, wash the basement floor and walls thoroughly with soap and water. Use a wet/dry shop vacuum to remove water and cobwebs. Vacuum any carpeting and clean all glass surfaces. For a more intense cleaning, add trisodium phosphate (TSP) to a bucket of hot water and clean the entire floor using a mop.

Safety Alert!
  • Use TSP as directed by the manufacturer. TSP can corrode metal and stain finished wood. Be sure to wear protective eyewear, clothing and rubber gloves.

 

Congratulations, your spring cleaning is complete for another year! Not only are you ready for spring, but your house is also organized for the coming year.

 

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