Spring has officially arrived! If you’re dreading cleaning up after a busy winter, we have the best spring cleaning tips to you get your home in order. After you’ve secured the obvious essentials—like genius cleaning gadgets and natural cleaning solutions—it’s time to tackle which areas of your home need attention. From tidying your kitchen pantry to rearranging cabinets, there’s a foolproof way to organize (try these hacks from TikTok) without feeling frustrated and throwing in the towel.
We spoke to a couple experts to get the dirt: Ben Spivack, the founder of Folden Lane, an accolade winner of our Live Better Awards that makes vegan leather storage baskets for storing our favorite magazines, towels, and trinkets; and professional organizer Lisa Jacobs of Imagine it Done. Read on for everything you need to know about saving space in your home and creating peace by decluttering.
- Be realistic with your plans.
Rome wasn’t built in a day —and your piles of clutter won’t disappear in one, either. Jacobs suggests starting with a task-centered list that highlights all of your goals. “Focus on the three top priority spaces that trouble you the most. Tackling one space at a time will keep your focus sharp, add motivate you to complete the project and not deplete your attention and energy.”
2. Focus on one room at a time.
If you start in one room and begin folding laundry in another, you’ll end up more frazzled within your schedule. Spivack advises literally cleaning from top to bottom! “Unless you’re really ambitious you can save the attic and basement for another time, but start on your top livable floor and work your way down,” he says. “Also, start each room from the top by cleaning your ceilings, wiping down walls, and then cleaning floors. Choosing one starting point and going around the room in a circle (ending with the center of the room) is also helpful. It might sound like overkill, but it will assure that no area is left unturned.”
3. Keep things out of sight but accessible when needed in high-traffic areas.
Jacob continues, “The entryway and closet is the space you see when you enter into a home and the last space you walk through when you leave. Adding accessories in the vestibule space such as a coat tree, hooks, a bench, labeled bins, and a sturdy entryway console are game-changers.”
4. Invest in high-quality storage bins.
You can even keep your entryway closet tidy with Folden Lane’s storage bins that blend function and style. Handcrafted with luxe, responsibly-sourced materials including buttery-soft vegan leathers, supple microfiber liner, and hand-polished stainless steel handles, you will proudly keep your work on display. Spivack explains, “They’re also built for function and (if you choose) come with removable, modular dividers, and labeling toolkits. When you don’t have a need for them, they flat pack and stow away!”
4. Manage bathroom clutter with storage units.
Since your bathroom receives a lot of frequent traffic, opt for storage units that will allow you to maneuver in your space with ease, Jacobs advises. “Maximize the medicine cabinet with trays and risers to contain the meds, toiletries, cosmetics, and personal products,” she suggests. “Utilize under-sink storage with labeled bins and clear, stackable pull-out drawers. Add a rolling trolley to fit in the tiniest space between the toilet and sink to minimize the clutter on the small sink counter.”
How to Maintain Your Spring Cleaning Efforts
While an overall cleaning may be a big effort, there are ways to ensure it isn’t a major process next year. It’s in the little things! Jacob says, “Begin to focus on yourself and feel the impact it has on your day-to-day life. Edit, categorize, contain, curate, and personalize. It is not so much about the before and after as it is about the during when you pay attention to what you are doing and how you feel. Learning as you go.”
Spivack suggests keeping a watchful and editing eye over what comes and goes into your home. Give unused items a new life instead of sending them to a landfill. “Organize “donate” and “toss” piles regularly as you are tidying your home. Only hold onto items that you use regularly. Discard the rest appropriately by either recycling (ie. all of that paper clutter!) or donating to your favorite non-profit,” says Spivack. As you finish jotting down your spring cleaning do’s and don’ts, we’re excited to announce Folden Lane partnered with House Beautiful to offer a month-long exclusive deal for our All Access members. Take things easy this spring by using this code. Happy cleaning!
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