Have you guys seen all the wonderful Spring Cleaning Checklists? They are inspiring, detailed and organized…and completely overwhelming to someone like me. It’s not that my house doesn’t need a good thorough cleaning – it’s just that I feel paralyzed at all that entails. So I’ve decided to do Spring Cleaning in Steps. The first step for my house is to put all the winter gear away.
Spring Cleaning in Steps: The Entryway
One of the first places that I decluttered last year was our entryway and the closet. It made such a difference since the entryway is small. A little bit of clutter in this space is a big headache. It’s the launching pad for our mornings.
Lately – this is how our mornings have been:
“Where are my shoes?”
“They should be in the closet.”
“I have one of them but I can’t find the other one.”
This is usually followed by frustrated muttering, shoving coats out of the way to look for said shoe, and tossing of all other shoes out of the closet – only to find that it was behind the closet door. *SIGH*
Our middle son usually tucks his shoes under the storage bench, which drives me crazy, but I kind of understand why he does it. He knows exactly where they are – even though that’s not where I prefer them!Spring Cleaning for wanna be Spring Cleaners! #springcleaning #babysteps Click To Tweet
Unstuffing the Entryway Closet
Time to unstuff the closet. The weather has been beautiful here lately – occasionally chilly but definitely past the snow pants and winter boots stage. Our spring cleaning in baby steps number one was to get the winter gear out of the closet and in storage.
Here are the Before pictures:
- I pulled all the winter coats, boots, hats, scarves, and mittens/gloves out of the entryway.
- I washed all of the above.
- I removed everything from the entryway and closet floor, swept, wiped the area down, and put everything back.
- I hung the winter coats in a second floor closet – easily accessible if needed, but out of the way!
- I stored all the snow pants, scarves, hats and mittens/gloves in our winter plastic tote.
- I moved the plastic tote up to our third floor closet until next winter.
Here are the After photos:
If you have similar feelings of being overwhelmed, but want a clean home, I encourage you to pick one baby step in spring cleaning too. If you haven’t put your winter gear away yet, maybe that could be one of the first too!
What kind of spring cleaning do you do (if any!)? Any suggestions for the next baby step – preferably something that is easy and makes a big difference? 🙂
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