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As the first signs of spring begin to appear, many of us are gearing up for our annual spring cleaning. Aside from disinfecting your home after months spent inside, a spring cleaning presents the perfect opportunity to reorganize and refresh your home for the rest of the year.
We know a clean home is a healthy home, but an organized home is also a happy home. Cluttered spaces can negatively impact your mood and mental health, which greatly affects every aspect of our lives. Organizing your space increases productivity and can even help reduce stress by allowing our homes to become the place where we can rest and relax.
We’ve gathered a list of helpful tips that can help you make the most of your living space as we prepare for the sunnier days and warm weather ahead.
Take inventory of your closets
Winter clothes take up valuable real estate in your closets and storage spaces. Spring cleaning is the perfect time to take inventory of your winter wardrobe and donate any items that you or your family members may have outgrown or no longer wear.
Sort and fold the winter clothes you want to keep for next year and place them in clear storage containers, as well as any heavy bedding and blankets that can free up space in your linen closets. You can find storage totes in different sizes that can work for your needs. For example, type A offers storage containers designed to fit under the bed – perfect for keeping winter clothes and blankets out of sight – but close enough to access should the weather change.
By packing away seasonal clothing and bedding, you can keep the items you need for your day-to-day life at-hand and save valuable time searching for your favourite T-shirt or dress.
Make your daily tasks comfortable
Creating functional and efficient workspaces includes keeping our physical comfort in mind. An easy way to improve your health while you perform tasks around the house is with anti-fatigue matting.
Whether you’re washing dishes, doing laundry or working in the garage, standing on anti-fatigue mats rather than hard flooring can help prevent swelling in the feet as well as foot, leg, hip and back pain by encouraging our feet to make small movements to adapt to the cushioned surface of the mat.
Another way to reduce the physical strain of taking care of your home is by opting for a robot vacuum. Self-cleaning and self-emptying devices like the Shark IQ Robot Self-Emptying Robotic Vacuum allow you to skip the bending, reaching and lifting involved in vacuuming by programming your vacuum to clean from room to room. You can schedule cleaning from the Shark IQ app and spend more time doing what you love with the people you love.
Focus on maximizing storage space
One of the easiest ways to organize your home is by utilizing clear canisters, shelf dividers, turntables and storage bins. The Home Edit offers a wide range of products that can help you stylishly maximize your space without compromising functionality.
In the kitchen, putting a bit of energy into making your space organized and accessible will pay big dividends in the long run. Keep your pantry must-haves organized with The Home Edit by iDESIGN Single Tier Turntable, which rotates for easy access. This three-tier expandable shelf is also a great way to keep your most-used kitchen necessities visible and accessible without cluttering up your counter top. Another great way to make things more accessible and less cluttered is to store rice, cereal and other dried goods in clear canisters. You’ll be easily able to grab exactly what you need without the clutter of cereal boxes and chip bags.
Between morning routines and pre-bed rituals, the bathroom is a place that family members bookend their days with — so ensuring it’s an organized and stress-free space will make even the most rushed mornings stress-free. Eliminate clutter by utilizing divider bins, which can easily fit on either a shelf or under the sink. Keep towels, washcloths and other items divided with these shelf dividers — or create a separate space for every family member’s must-haves.
To add a fun flair to your home, there are even colourful bins that can add a pop of colour and personality to play areas and make organizing toys or craft supplies a little more fun.
Utilize shelves as storage and decor
Don’t underestimate the power of shelves when it comes to refreshing your home and your home’s aesthetic. Installing floating shelves in your kitchen can make up for lack of cabinet space by allowing you to display bowls, glasses or colourful serving-ware that work with the aesthetics of your room. Add pops of colour by adding plants, or arranging some of your favourite cookbooks to make decor that’s pleasing to the eye, but functional.
You can also make up for lack of storage space with wire shelving or rolling carts in various rooms around the house. From small kitchen accessories to helping you organize your laundry room, mudroom or playroom wire shelving is a versatile storage solution that can be moved around your home where you need it the most.
Create an area to sort and fold your clothes
Laundry rooms can become overrun by mounds of clothing very quickly. If you have a designated laundry room or space in your home or basement, create a folding section with shelves and laundry baskets at the ready so that you can easily sort clothes, towels and sheets and prepare them for washing.
If space is limited, small additions to our laundry routine like collapsable laundry baskets and folding drying racks can be stored efficiently and discretely when not in use – perfect for condo or apartment dwellers.