This week we spring into action and share 15 Super Simple Spring Organizing Tips! Listen to the show here and then choose ONE of the 15 to do.
1. Batch Tasks
Freeze batches of protein smoothie ingredients for a quick, healthy breakfast or snack.
We also followed Shauna’s advice here and froze sandwiches. This has been a life saver!
Our families love frappes so we freeze leftover coffee in ice cube trays and bag them for refreshing frappes this spring and summer. Here is the BEST Mocha Frappe recipe.
2. Create a Cleaning Bucket
Put together a cleaning bucket with all your supplies like this one that Chelle uses…and loves.
Chelle includes tub and tile spray, disinfecting wipes, window cleaner, toilet wand with refills, Swiffer mop refills, pet odor stain remover, baking soda, Sol-U-Mel, furniture polish, microfiber clothes, paper towels and Febreze. What do you keep in your cleaning bucket?
3. Organize Your Summer Schedule
Begin now to focus on your summer schedule. Use a simple hanging file or file folder and label it Summer. Drop flyers of camps, vacation ideas, confirmation forms, and other ideas into the file.
Print out or make June, July and August calendars. Hang them on the inside of a cabinet door. Block out camps, vacations, work and other set dates. Then sit down with family and ask each person what one thing they really want to do this summer. Be intentional about planning those activities.Create a tradition like Friday afternoon pool time or Tuesday morning library visit or Saturday movie matinee. These will be a memory that will last forever and make for a great summer.
4. Organize Your Pool Bag
I (Tracy) need to spring into action and organize our pool bag so it is ready for summer! Using our END CLTR organizing method begin by emptying/dumping it out first.
Instead of taking pictures of my real-life pool bag with a pile of old diving sticks, pretzel crumbs, expired sunscreen and sun-bleached water balls I wanted to point you to A Bowl Full of Lemons’ Beach and Pool Bag Organization post. It includes a checklist and eye-candy pictures for your viewing pleasure. 🙂 Maybe a Thirty-one bag will become my new pool bag this year!
Be sure to include Chelle’s favorite sunscreen in your pool bag this summer.
5. Sunless Tanning Favorites
Organize your summer skin tone by being prepared! Stay out of sun but still get some color. Chelle’s skin cannot tolerate the sun so she uses Fake Bake self-tanning products or gets a spray tan. She recently found Tan Ceuticals and although she hasn’t tried it they have great reviews…and a Body Buddy Back Applicator.
6. Organize Your Spring Wardrobe
Changing your winter wardrobe to spring and summer can be exhilarating or overwhelming. Two tips:
- Invite your sister or close friend over to give you their honest opinion. Make sure they are staightforward AND stylish. Serve them a cool beverage and begin trying all your summer clothes on. Get their opinion on each piece. Is it flattering or if you should get rid of it? Ask them to help you create 5 go-to outfits for casual and dressy. Jennifer did that for me and it was invaluable.
- Always break organizing projects into smaller tasks. 20 minutes tasks WILL make progress. For closets take out all the white clothes, try them on, keep what you love and what fits and what you wear and hang it all on one end. The next day take out everything that is yellow and orange. Try it on and purge. Hang the items you keep next to the white clothes. Each day choose a new color. By the end of 10 days you should have your closet purged and organized by color.
I recently found Alicia from Chic on a Shoestring. She teaches you how to dress for your body type with her unique wardrobe strategy.
7. Organize your makeup
We organized our makeup drawers here (Tracy’s) and here (Chelle’s) and shared how to do it in 7 easy steps. I still love opening my drawer and seeing the bright shelf liner. In the spring is a great time to organize and purge your makeup. You may be moving to a darker shade of foundation or switching to waterproof mascara. Organizing your makeup is a fairly quick project. Every morning you’ll be glad you did.
Always ask yourself what you have more of: Vertical wall space? Drawers? Shelf space? Hanging space? If you figure out you have more wall space make this Magnetic Makeup Board from Cutesy Crafts. It may be just what you need to stay organized!
8. Detail Your Car
Empty your car and thoroughly clean it Be sure you have it stocked with a summer survival kit: Umbrella, sunscreen, Tylenol, band aids, and two plastic envelopes like this. Use one for coupons and the other for gift cards. If they are in the car you will have them when you need them. Use a sharpie to label the envelope.
Every time you are filling up with gas or getting out of your car at home begin to train your family, and yourself, to empty out any trash. Keep a trash can near the car to make this task easier.
9. Mini Garage Project
Use containers to keep products together. Chelle places this bin of sunscreen and bug spray right outside the door on a shelf so it’s easy for her kids to grab the sunscreen on the way to the pool.
10. Pick a Drawer
We don’t want to limit you to a certain drawer so just choose one and dump it out. Assign a purpose for the drawer. Get rid of as much as you can from the stuff you dumped out of the drawer and then only put the items you are keeping back. Take a few minutes to put the other items away.
11. Clear Your Kitchen Counters
By clearing your counters off you are not only making it more visually appealing to enter your kitchen but you are also making it easier and more inviting to cook in the kitchen and create healthier meals. We needed a lot of cleared counter space to make the two and a half loaves of sandwiches that we put in the freezer. Use our End CLTR method, following it step-by-step, to organize your kitchen counters.
12. Make a Snack Bin in Your Pantry
Dump all the snacks you buy into a bin and label it Snacks. Here is Chelle’s snack bin. You can easily see what you have and what you need to purchase. You won’t have 15 half-empty boxes lining your shelves. Chelle loves duct tape and a sharpie for labeling! Keep it simple.
13. Organize and Clean Your Laundry Room
Yes, laundry rooms get dirrrrty! They need to be emptied out, cleaned thoroughly, purged and organized. When you are organizing remember to think through where you have the most available space. Is it shelves, hanging rods, cabinets, wall space or none of the above?
Remember to consider behind your doors! Melaine at My Sweet Savannah added this $37 Home Depot rack to her door to create the organizing space she needed!
Here is a fabulous step-by-step to simplify and organize your laundry room from Leah at Simply Fabulous Living. This picture is of her completed wash + dry + fold station in her amazing laundry room.
These photos are quite the motivation to start a laundry room makeover!!
14. Use a Shoe Separator
Hanging shoe organizers like this or this are great for organizing more than just shoes! You may even have an unused one lying around. Use it to organize mittens and scarves in your coat closet, beach towels in your laundry room near the garage, socks in your son’s closet, or purses in your master closet.
Paper is overwhelming! You MUST have a plan in place to deal with it because it won’t slow down and wait for you…it’ll build up until you are buried under it! Start with having an inbox. I (Tracy) recently visited The Container Store.
I found this beautiful, spring-y inbox. An inbox is a must have for everyone!
Start with a cardboard box if you need to but get something. ALL paper coming into the house must go into the Inbox until you process it. Read more about organizing your paper clutter zone here and the three essential tools to organize paper here.
Are 15 tips too overwhelming? Remember our “ONE thing” and choose just ONE of these to do this week!
What spring organizing tips can you share?