This month we’re spring cleaning the easy way with our Spring Cleaning Made Easy series! The goal is to get the whole house clean — one mini task at a time — without having to set aside a whole week, or even a whole day, to clean.
Yesterday we worked through our wardrobes, and today we’re going to take some time to sort through the rest of the closet storage in your master bedroom and guest room. How long this task takes you will depend on how much stuff you’ve got stored in there!
In our current home, our master bedroom closet has actually been converted into the nursery, and we use Ikea wardrobes for our clothes. That means we don’t have a ton of extra storage space in there, which is a good thing because in our other homes, the master closet has often been our catch-all storage spot for anything that doesn’t have a place.
On the other hand, our guest bedroom closet is home to not only all of our extra blankets and pillows but also where we store humidifiers and extra paint supplies.
It’s not that keeping things in the master bedroom or guest room closet is a bad thing, especially if you have the space, but it can be easy to just toss things in there without a lot of thought so that it quickly starts to overflow and feel messy and disorganized.
If that describes you, take some time today to pull the storage out of your closets and reevaluate it.
- What can be given or thrown away?
- Would it make sense to store any of the items in a different place?
- Can any of the things be repackaged in different boxes or bins to make them neater?
Another thing to think about as you’re doing this exercise is how items end up in the closet. Is it because that space really is the best home for them, or is it where you put things when you can’t think of anywhere else to put them? Is that working for you, or do you need a new strategy?
Bonus: If you’ve got items stored under the beds or in drawers as well, be sure to sort through, declutter and organize those as well!
Track your progress this month with the Spring Cleaning Made Easy checklist, which comes in two versions — one with dates to coincide with the live series and one with generic labels so you can do it on your own at another time. Click here to download or print your copy!
Spring cleaning over a holiday weekend may not be your idea of fun, so you may want to finish up tomorrow’s task today as well. We’ll finish cleaning the master and guest bedrooms tomorrow — cleaning the ceiling fans, washing the windows, wiping the baseboards and vacuuming or mopping.
Do you use your bedroom closets for random storage or just for clothing?