Did you even notice that spring is here?
I mean between the cold/flu season and the lock-down due to the corona virus, I forgot that spring had officially started But now that I know it is inevitable to do spring cleaning.
Ugh, but with the kids constantly screaming for the littlest things, how do I even get it done? Right?
Well, lock-down may mean that kids are home, but it also means extra handy helpers. With less errands and drop offs/pick ups to do, I am sure you are spending a chunk of your time at home, especially if you are a work-from-home mama like me. So why not take advantage of these “slower” days and get started on some organizing around the house.
If you currently have a schedule for your kids at home, fit these 7 areas of your life to begin spring cleaning. And once they are done, move onto bigger things as time permits. [or do these and resume watching YOU on Netflix 😉]
For today’s blog, I am going to share 7 simple, yet easily forgotten, areas to spring clean in your home. I am sharing my own experience as I tackle these areas during the covid-19 lock-down, and believe it or not, it has been fun, satisfying, and a huge relief getting these areas organized and cleaned!
So, buck up, and let’s start spring cleaning!
7 Areas to Begin Spring Cleaning Today
1. Medicine cabinet
This is probably one of the least organized yet the most used cabinet in our house. Duplicate kid’s Tylenol, allergy medications, and even 2-3 kinds of cough mixtures often fall out whenever this cabinet gets opened. Nonetheless, everything gets pushed and shoved aside and it remains chaotic.
Last week after buying a few extra boxes of Tylenol for the girls, I organized the medicine cabinet. I created a separate medicine box for the girls, which contains unopened boxes and other first aid treatments. This box, I keep in their closet whilst the opened Tylenol etc., I left in the medicine cabinet. I removed all the expired, unused, and “old” medicine that was not being used, and added a tier stand to create a staircase of medicine for easy access.
2. Make up drawer
So, if you know me, then you know that I am not a makeup person. I have a some key things that I use; a couple of concealers, 2 foundations, a few powders, 3-4 lipsticks, 5-6 eye liner pencils, 1 eye shadow palette, and a couple other things. I try not to purchase make up products that I don’t use frequently because they do have expiration dates and I have had to throw away products in the past which I only used once of twice. No go for me!
However, I am a skincare products junkie! And by junkie, I mean that I do buy more skincare products when compared to make up. If you visit my shop page here, you will see several items listed, and almost all of them are skincare products. I also love using masks – both DIY homemade ones and store bought. To keep all these organized, I bought the Alex 9-drawer unit from Ikea. I keep everything from beauty products, to selfcare items, to extra toiletries, and personal care stuff, all in one place, in these 9 drawers. My husband and I don’t have the master bedroom [my inlaws do!] so we do not have a dresser/vanity area in our room. However, this drawer unit is a lifesaver! I also keep a little clear 3-drawer organizer on top of the unit to store my every day use items. Most of the unit drawers were organized, however, I did clean out the other drawers and the top of this unit to avoid the feel of clutter in our room.
If you have make up or other beauty products, I highly recommend this drawer unit and of course these child proof locks to avoid little ones doing their makeup! 😊
3. Underwear drawer
Okay so I am super embarrassed to admit that I still have undies from my pre-baby days hiding in my underwear drawer. My husband and I share a dresser drawer and trust me, it isn’t by choice. Nevertheless, we do, and it gets super messy and superfast.
Therefore, I got these drawer dividers and inserted them in between the drawer so we can have our own sides to keep our intimates. 😊 I didn’t really go all Marie Kondo style when I organized it, however, I folded everything, and tossed out all unused, old, torn, or whatever items neither of us wore. [that tells me I should go shopping now!!! 😉]
4. Under the sink – bathroom
Yep, the big kahuna! I won’t lie to you; this is still pending for me. I already have the bins and clear stackable storage organizer drawers which I will use to organize under our bathroom sink. But, I have been playing the lazy mama card, and postponing it every day! Eek!
Before you dive into this section, ask yourself what you use it for? Do you store bathroom cleaning supplies? Or extra toiletries? Or bath products? Whatever it may be, first determine how you want it organized and then jump right in.
For me, I keep toiletries, extra bath products, and DIY self-care ingredients under the bathroom sink. Since the space is mostly taken up by pipes, I don’t have much room to keep much. However, I found these clear plastic storage boxes that I will be using to put everything that I mentioned above – smaller items in the smaller box, and bigger ones behind the boxes.
Another ignored area. When was the last time you cleaned out your nightstand drawer? If recently then kudos to you! Personally, the item that clutters my nightstand is books and candles. And that goes for both on top and inside the drawers. So, keep the nightstand clutter free and organize inside the drawers so everything you need before bedtime is within reach yet not messy.
6. Library / bookshelves
If you are a book hoarder like me, I am sure you have several bookshelves around your home. Trust me, I have tried to sell books on ebay, amazon, books.com, etc. But somehow the number of books never decrease. [thank god!] And of course my girls have their own collection! So yes, organizing the books was one of my biggest goals during this lock down. I did not sell or donate anything from my shelves; I just organized them more neatly because Arya has been pulling them out and it all got super messy. However, I did get some wall racks from Ikea for the girls to keep all their books more neatly organized instead of piled in every corner of the house.
When you work from home, you are bound to eat, read, browse, and basically do everything at your desk. Even if you avoid it, odds and ends often end up on my work desk and it gets cluttered and messy really fast. My girls love playing in our room (it’s where I keep my office desk – again, space issue!), and their books and toys often end up on or near my workspace. Even though I try to clean it daily, other things like mail, books, extra pens, and notepads etc., all end up taking space there. One of my goals has been to keep my workspace clutter free. This sets the tone of my mood every morning when I start work at 5am. If there is a mess, I get distracted; to either clean, or to use whatever is distracting me such as a book, or looking through the mail etc.
To avoid this, I put a little bin in the common room so all the mail that needed attention – mostly by my husband or myself – gets placed in that. This way it does not make it’s way to my desk. I also put the kids’ toy box in their room (it was in the hallway before), and every day I remind Arya to put all the toys in it before they head to bed. I pray all this works – so fast it has – day 2 of forever! But yes, a clean and clutter-free workspace is linked to high productivity, lower stress, and decreased distractions. 😊 I am sure that is our ultimate goal, especially now since many of us are trying to figure out how to work with new schedules and work from home routines.
So there you have it guys! 7 simple areas that you can spring clean, which won’t require too much energy or time, but will surely give you peace of mind and satisfactory feeling after you have completed them.
Share some of your own spring cleaning plans in the comments below. Also, I posted some pictures of the above areas as I cleaned them on Instagram, so check it out if you like! 😊
Happy spring cleaning!