April 10, 2013

Spring Cleaning My Closets + The Spring Cleaning Challenge

I’ve teamed up with some amazing cleaning bloggers to bring you a Spring Cleaning Challenge! If you missed the details or need a refresher, check out this post and join us! We have rounded up some awesome prizes, including a customized closet organization system valued at $1000!! You can enter the challenge below!

Today I’d like to share my final spring cleaning project – closets! Closets tend to get neglected at my house, but I had had enough and needed to bring a little order to the spaces. I followed a simple formula of 4 easy steps and worked quickly to tackle 4 closets over the course of a weekend. (This is not an organizing post, this is a clean out the closets post.)

Take a couple minutes to make a plan of attack – make note of any changes and what you might need to spring clean your closet(s). Grab your supplies – garbage bags, vacuum cleaner, bins, baskets – gather your supplies and get started!

Quickly go through your closet(s) and move unwanted items into 4 categories – toss, sell, give away, relocate.

Once the purging and relocating has taken place it’s time to arrange clothing in a way that makes sense. Group like items together – pants together, shirts together, and so on. You can get as organized as you’d like – in rainbow order, separated by lights and darks, by season, etc. When I went through my kids’ closets I packed away outgrown clothes, grouped clothes by season and together – shirts, dresses, etc. The point is to make things easy for them or me to find and put away. We also store some toys in their closets too so storage/organization is necessary. Here are a couple after shots of my kids closets. Now that I have the closets all cleaned out and everything is in the appropriate places, I can decide if different or better storage is needed.

 

 

Once you have everything sorted and put away, it’s time to clean it! Wipe down what needs it, dust as necessary, and vacuum. I found that I could do most of the work with my vacuum cleaner and the hose attachment to get in the corners.

So how about you? Any closets need some spring cleaning? What are you working on for the Spring Cleaning Challenge?

Be sure to show us your progress by linking up pictures to Pinterest or Hometalk. We can’t wait to see what you’re cleaning! And don’t forget to come back here (see below) and enter to win some amazing prizes! The challenge will end Sunday, the 14th. Happy Spring Cleaning!

Check out what the cleaning bloggers are spring cleaning this week:

Monday: iDreamofClean

Tuesday: A Real-Life Housewife

Wednesday: Clean Mama

Thursday: Clean and Scentsible

Friday: Ask Anna

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