Depending on the size of the home or apartment, the amount of closet or storage space could be very limited. In fact, there usually is more stuff to store than there is storage space. Cleaning your closet clutter on regular basis is key to maximizing your storage space. If you didn’t complete your spring organization projects, now is a great time to work on them. We are “in-between” seasons, which is a great time to organize and declutter your closet before it is time to get ready to switch out the closet to fall and winter clothing.
As with any decluttering project it is important to go one room at a time. This is also true when you are cleaning out your closet. Work on one room at a time, one closet at a time. If you do not have enough room for storing excess items that you have removed from your closet, then it is time to place these household belongings in a self storage unit. Self storage is a great place to store seasonal clothing and accessories. Just remember to wash the clothes before storage, so they will be fresh to use during the next change of season.
How to Declutter and Organize Your Closets
Having an organized closet will allow you to find the clothing and accessories that you need to have for your day. Below are a few suggestions to get you started on your organizing and decluttering project:
- Remove any item that doesn’t belong in that particular closet and put it in its proper home. Items that should belong in a kitchen or hallway closet should not be stored in a bedroom closet.
- Remove all items from the closet that you are going to reorganize. Designate a certain area to place and then sort all of the items from the closet. This is a very important first step of your project. It allows you to see everything that you have “stuffed” into the closet allowing you to assess the items easier.
- Once you have everything out of the closet and before you put things back in do a good cleaning of the closet space by dusting shelves and sweeping, mopping or vacuuming the floors. If you have the time, refresh the pain in the closet.
- Have a friend help you decide what items you need to keep or get rid of in your closet. An “outside” opinion on your wardrobe or accessories will help you keep on track for your de-cluttering project.
- After inventorying the items in your closet, then it is time to decide what you want to with the items. Also, look for damaged items that need repair as well as items that are out-of-date.
- Once you are finished sorting the wardrobe and accessories that you are keeping in your closet, then categorize them into “like” groupings like shoes, scarves, hats, or by season. Create your own categories and stick with them. There are many closet storage solutions that are used specifically for this purpose. A good closet storage solution will create more space, streamline your organization and makes items easier to find. Utilize all the storage space in the closet including shelving and the floor. There are great closet door storage ideas for shoes or accessories. Clear plastic bins are preferred for closet storage because you can see the items that you are storing. Don’t forget to label the boxes with the items that you are storing.
- As you are putting the items back in the closet, put the most frequently used items within reach. These items should have the “prime” space in the closet. If you have room, put the “off-season” items towards the back of the closet and rotate every season.
The more often that you declutter and organize your closet, the easier the task will become. Instead of a daunting project once a year, do weekly decluttering of your closet. Move your excess items to a self storage unit for storage both seasonally and all year long. Wardrobe boxes or plastic storage bins are a great storage solution for winter items such as sweaters and heavy coats. These items can be easily hung in the box and items can be switched out seasonally. You can find wardrobe boxes and plastic storage bins at your local home store, such as Lowe’s or Home Depot. Stop N Stor has a variety of moving and packing supplies and boxes, at their 6 locations to help with your packing needs. Stop N Stor has a variety of storage unit sizes that you fit any storage need. Stop in to any of our Hinesville, Port Wentworth or Savannah locations to find out how we can help!
Just like during the spring, the fall is a great time for reorganizing & cleaning your home! It’s time to store away the summer clothes, lawn mowers and patio furniture. If your home doesn’t have the space for storing these items, then consider renting a self-storage unit. Fall cleaning is just as important as spring cleaning projects. In fact, you can finish up those spring/summer projects that you didn’t complete during the spring at this time. When you start your project have a goal in mind and checklist of your tasks that you need to complete. Don’t let the cleaning list become daunting. It is much more important to take your time to do the project properly. Don’t forget to thoroughly clean each room including dusting, sweeping or vacuuming and organizing. Remove items in the room that you no longer need or use. This is a great time to go through the room sorting process: keep in storage, place in storage, donate, sell, or throw away. If it is an item that you might need in the future, then put it in storage. If you don’t need it and it is still in good condition, consider selling or donating the item. If the item is not in good shape, then just throw it out. This is a great time of year for “empty nesters” to start going through this decluttering process.
When doing your fall cleaning, don’t forget about cleaning your storage unit. Fall is a great time to air out and freshen up your storage unit, just like you do your home. To start your storage unit cleaning project, remove all of the items from the unit. Then, sweep out the entire unit. If you need to wash down the walls, then this would be the time to do that task. This would be a good time to do a quick inventory on the items that you currently have in storage. Open the boxes and look for any damaged items. Go through your stored items to see if you really need to keep the items or if they could be sold, donated or thrown away. Replace the floor covering, such as plastic or cardboard boxes in the storage unit. Shake out the furniture covers to freshen them up. If needed, replace the moisture control products that you have in non-climate controlled storage units. It is important to keep your storage unit clean. Storage units that are dirty can attract bugs or other vermin, which in turn ruin your stored belongings.
As you clean out the unit, rotate the items that you would use more frequently during the fall and winter months, such as winter clothes, snow blowers or shovels, to the front of the storage unit. Don’t forget to label all of the new boxes that you are storing. Plus, add these boxes to the inventory list of the items that you have started for your storage unit. If you have holiday display items in storage, this would be a good time to put them aside to take back to your home. Once you have cleaned out and looked through the items in your storage unit, then it will be time to place them all back into storage. Make sure to place the items that you will need to access the most towards the front of the storage unit.
Stop N Stor has locations in Savannah, Port Wentworth, and Hinesville that offers a variety of storage units sizes and types from climate controlled storage units to non-climate controlled units. Stop in to a Stop N Stor location to pick up packing and moving supplies to help your fall cleaning and reorganization projects!
With spring cleaning projects for the inside completed, it is now time to turn your attention to sprucing up the outside of the house, which includes porches, patios, decks and the garage. During the summer months, most people will be spending time outside with family and friends enjoying the warm weather. It is important to have the outdoor areas clean and looking fresh. These areas are usually given a surface clean, but deep cleaning and repairing can be neglected. In order to clean the outside areas of your home, here are a few easy steps to follow:
- Invest in a pressure washer, if you don’t already own one. If you don’t have a pressure washer, you can use a regular hose with the spray attachment. Pressure-wash your deck and patio to remove the layers of dirt, leaves and other items that were left over from the spring rain storms.
- Clean your patio umbrella with water and a mild dish-detergent mixture to avoid stripping the umbrella’s water-resistant coating. Also, make any repairs to the umbrella and make sure that the screws are all tightened.
- There are many different styles of outdoor furniture from metal to wicker. When you are cleaning patio furniture, read the manufacturer’s instructions before cleaning. If you have wicker furniture, vacuum the chairs. If the patio furniture is made of resin, use a scrubbing solution of ¾ cup bleach and 1 tablespoon of laundry detergent mixed with one gallon of warm water. Warm water dissolves grime and dirt better than cold or very hot water. For metal furniture, use a laundry detergent mixture. Keep an eye out for rust on the metal. If there is some rust, sand it down and repaint the furniture.
- Follow manufacturer’s instructions for the cleaning of the cushions and fabrics on your outdoor furniture. Some cushions might just need spot cleaning, while others might have to be entirely cleaned. Thoroughly clean and dry the cushions before placing back outside for use. Damp cushions could cause mildew to develop.
- Check your patio pavers for stains. You can remove the stains by scrubbing them with 1 part bleach to 10 parts water. To prevent future stains, lay outdoor mats around high stain areas like grills, patio tables and garage floors.
- Grills should be cleaned before and after every use. Scrub the grill when it is still slightly warm. A warm grill actually makes it easier to scrape off softened grease of other leftovers. Soak the grates in soapy water for at least 30 minutes and then scrape them clean with steel wool. Always clean drip pans and ash collectors in the grill.
- Decks take a beating from the elements from the sun, humidity to rain and hail. When you are doing your deck cleaning, it is easier to pressure wash the deck first. This will remove all of the accumulated dirt and debris on the patio. It is easier to clean a patio in the spring, before it gets very hot.
- Clean out your trash cans with a dish detergent and a pressure washer. It’s a dirty job, but it needs to be done.
- Sweep your front porch and then power wash the dirt and debris. Clean the lights, windows, your front door and the front steps. Make any needed repairs to the light fixtures. Give the porch a fresh coat of paint. Also, add fresh greenery and plants to your front yard.