Spring arrives early in South Carolina compared to many other parts of the country, however you don’t have to wait to get started. Spring is meant to be enjoyed outdoors so take advantage of this time of year to go ahead and take care of those clutter issues now. Here are a few handy ideas to jump start Spring cleaning this year so you can spend more time enjoying Spring when it does arrive.
Increase closet space by going ahead and packing a good deal of your Winter items now. Leave the box in place until warm weather finally sets in, but go ahead and have a good deal done now by packing boots, jackets and sweaters that you probably aren’t going to wear. Its January, so if you haven’t worn it yet, it probably won’t get worn.
Right before grocery day is a great time to clean out your refrigerator. Of all appliances in the home the refrigerator is home to more bacteria than any and this is where we store our food! If you have glass shelving, wash and dry thoroughly and line with clear contact paper. Next time you need to give the shelves a wipe down, simply peel off your contact paper and place a new layer. Remember to clean your refrigerator with lemon juice, it will freshen it up in a jiffy and have it smelling great. Vinegar can be used as well, however it doesn’t smell quite as nice. Tip: Veggies that tend to wilt or go bad do much better if you wrap them in paper towel before you place them in the refrigerator. Stay away from plastic bags that tend to trap moisture. Once fresh veggies are wrapped in paper towel, you can place them in a zip lock but don’t zip, most of the time it isn’t necessary.
Make sure to utilize that storage potential under your bed. Not just under your bed, under your mattress as well. For a little extra trouble you can store blankets and sweaters under your mattress easily. Just make sure to place them flat and evenly spread them. For those with real storage problems this is a great way to store items that are out of season, or only used on rare occasions.
Free up space and keep your laundry room less cluttered by installing an expandable shower curtain rod in your laundry room. Its great for hanging items fresh out of the dryer, useful for air drying sweaters and also serves are additional closet space. If you don’t have a foyer or a closet for guests to hang coats, putting up this easy installed rod will give you a ready made closet. These can also be added to closets as a second tier to hang shirts and pants giving you double the hanging capacity.
Take inventory of all clothes that no longer fit your children. This is a great time to wash, dry and send to good will. Many children out grow clothing well before it is worn out or damaged. Please only donate clean clothing in excellent condition to good will. Those in need of clothing will appreciate it. Remember, just because some one may be poor or unfortunate, doesn’t mean they don’t want nice clothing, they are no different than anyone else and deserve the best we can donate, especially the children.
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