Spring Closet


Spring cleaning the entire house is indispensable if you kept all the windows tightly shut for the whole of winter. Not only does spring cleaning let in fresh air and help your house breathe, it also helps you get rid of germs and insects.

When most people think of spring cleaning, they only consider scrubbing floors, vacuuming carpets and upholstery, cleaning fans and air vents, and dusting surfaces. While all these are necessary, it is also important to spring clean your closet! You certainly wouldn’t want to have everything in your house spic and span while your closet and clothes remain dusty.

Getting rid of the dust may seem like an easy thing to do, but if you have tons of clothes, washing and organizing it all can be troublesome. And you’ll also have to watch out for dust mites, mold, and mildew!

You don’t have to fret over the workload; if you go about this the right way, you’ll be fine. Here are some tips to help you.

Dedicate Ample Time

You need to give yourself enough time to get the work done. You don’t have to clean the closets and wash, dry, and rearrange clothes back in on the same day. However, if you’re cleaning the closets thoroughly, you wouldn’t want to throw dirty clothes back in.

You especially can’t do this if you spot mold or dust mites on your clothes and in the closet. That’s because dust mites from your clothes will get back into the nooks and crannies, and mold can grow again on the closet walls. Also, rushing to put clean clothes back into the closet right after cleaning it can expose clothes to a humid environment. This can encourage the growth of mold and mildew.

So save yourself the extra work and dedicate enough time to clean the closets and let them air-dry. Also examine clothes the same day and get rid of dust mites and mold (if any) so that these allergens do not spread to the rest of the house.

Clear the Bedroom of Clutter

This means getting all unnecessary things out of the way. Keep the bed and floors clear so that you can dump things inside the closet on them. You don’t want to jumble up items and waste time figuring out what items go back inside the closet.

Do lay out a clean sheet on the bed or floor before hurling the contents of your closet on to them. This will prevent your clean carpet and bed sheet from being soiled by dirty clothes.




Pull Everything Out

Empty all the drawers and cubbies in your closet and pile everything on the floor or on the bed. You can choose to inspect your clothes while pulling them out one after the other or you can examine them once you’re done with cleaning the closet.

Don’t forget to take out your jewelry items, belts, handbags, and other accessories too. If you have mold or dust mites in your closet, they could have latched on to anything and you don’t want to take chances!

Inspect the Closet

With all your belongings out of the way, you can now inspect your closet closely and see if you have mold, dust mites, moths, or other insects thriving inside.

  1. Mold is usually seen on surfaces as a thread-like growth or as clusters of specks. If you find any of these on the inside walls of your closets, you know what it is. But remember, mold may be present even if you can’t see it! If you notice a strange pungent smell coming from the closet, it is probable that mold is growing in corners or behind the wallpaper. If your closet has a carpeted floor, you may want to lift the carpet and check beneath it; a damp floor can provide the perfect environment for mold to grow.
  2. The presence of clothes moths can be verified if you see adult moths, larvae, or eggs. Furthermore, finding holes in clothes is also an indicator that moths have invaded your closet.
  3. When it comes to dust mites, finding them can be a problem as they cannot be seen with the naked eye. However, if you have had your home inspected for the same and the results were positive, there is a high probability that you have dust mites in your closet as well. In case you’re experiencing a respiratory allergy, you could also go for a dust mite allergy test to confirm the presence of dust mites.

Examine the Clothes

If you can’t find anything in the closet, examine all your clothes closely. If you do find mold, moths, or dust mites in even one clothing item, you’ll have to ensure that all your clothes are cleaned as required to eliminate all traces of these allergens.

If you don’t find traces of mold, moths, or dust mites on your belongings or in the closet, set about separating clothes in different piles. Make two piles- one each for clean clothes and those that need to be laundered. If you have weather specific clothes, separate your winter wear so that you can launder it and store it in the right way. Storing your woolens properly will ensure that mites and moths don’t thrive on them.

Get Started with the Cleaning

Once you assess the problems properly, you can begin cleaning your closet. First and foremost, grab a microfiber duster and get rid of all the dust you can see. Also, go over surfaces where dust isn’t visible; the microfiber will ensure that no moth eggs or dust mites are left behind.

Grab your vacuum cleaner and fit the crevice tool. Vacuum all the edges you can see so that all dust mites and moth eggs and larvae are sucked in. Do remember to open dresser drawers and vacuum the insides. Go over the carpet too to eliminate allergens. As soon as you are done with vacuuming, remove the waste bag and discard it properly so that the allergens don’t get back inside your house.

Next, make a mixture of water and vinegar taken in equal parts. Fill this mixture in a spray bottle and spray it on the closet surfaces. Wipe down with a microfiber cloth. You can repeat this step if necessary. Don’t forget to clean the closet rods, hangers, mirrors, and other surfaces!

Let the closet air-dry before you start putting all your belongings back in.

Prevent Infestations

Your next step should be preventing allergen infestations in the future. You can do this easily by doing a few simple things.

  1. Prevent the closet from becoming too humid. If the carpeted floor stays damp all the time, do away with the carpet and get tiles or linoleum installed on the floor.If your closet is next to the bathroom and is subjected to hot humid air, get a dehumidifier installed in the room to keep the moisture levels under control. Keeping moisture levels under control will keep your clothes and closet free from mites and mold.
  2. If your closet is next to the bathroom and is subjected to hot humid air, get a dehumidifier installed in the room to keep the moisture levels under control. Keeping moisture levels under control will keep your clothes and closet free from mites and mold.
  3. Discourage mold, mites, and moths by storing woolens in plastic containers or zip lock bags. A naphthalene ball placed alongside the clothes will help prevent infestations. Do make sure that the naphthalene ball doesn’t touch your garments and also that it isn’t placed in direct contact with plastic.
  4. Cedar blocks can also help repel moths. Make good use of them to keep off-season clothes fresh. Use cedar hangers to hang your regular wear.
  5. If you have wooden shelves or cubbies, be sure to line them with muslin or drawer lining paper. This will prevent the acidic nature of the wood from damaging clothes stored for a long time.

Wash Clothes Well

Note that regular washing won’t rid your clothes of dust mites. Be sure to wash everything at a temperature of 130 degrees to kill the allergen. You can also consider exposing your clothes to direct sunlight on a sunny day. Turn the clothes over a couple of times so that all parts are exposed to sunlight.

Alternatively, you can freeze your clothes for 24 hours to kill mites as they cannot survive in such conditions. You can also kill mites on your jewelry pieces and accessories such as belts by placing them in a bag and freezing them for a day.

To get rid of mold from clothes, soak them in bleach or wash them with borax or vinegar.


Spring cleaning your closet may seem tough, but you can’t do without it. If you missed cleaning your closet this time, you need to get this chore done with as soon as you can. You certainly don’t want to compromise on your health by having allergens lurking in your closet. Nor do you want them to damage your wardrobe!

With the tips mentioned here, you will be able to go through the entire process of spring cleaning your closet step-by-step. Doing things one at a time won’t feel burdensome. Just take the time out for it and get started. You’re sure to love the feeling of a clean closet with fresh clothes!

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Living in a cluttered home is not only unpleasant and inconvenient, it can force you to compromise on living the life you’ve always dreamed of.

Imagine your living room muddled with furniture (which you neither need nor use) that’s devouring up your precious space, your bedroom scrambled with all those unattractive flower vases ready to fall off their shelves any minute, or your kitchen drawers overflowing with utensils and other unnecessary paraphernalia which you no longer require.

What an eyesore!

And now picture a neatly organized and clean space with all your important stuff tidily stacked up in place, just so that you never have to waste your time looking for them again. You never know, you may end up rediscovering all that space you had forgotten you had at home and voila, suddenly you have room to accommodate that lamp you’ve had your eyes on for the last couple of months!

Wish to make that a reality? It’s pretty simple, really. Just conquer that clutter and watch all the junk vanish, thereby make more space for the things that you actually need or want to have.

De-cluttering is easy when you’ve got the money to afford all those expensive products that help with the sorting, the organizing and the storing of everything you own. However, not everyone may be as fortunate and have no more than a limited budget (or absolutely no money) assigned to their storage solutions.

With a little creativity and the will to organize, you can unclutter your home even on a shoestring budget. Here’s more on that.

1. Clear It Up

Irrespective of how deeply or emotionally connected you may think you are to an item, if it’s junk, it has to go. Make this your mantra to clear out the mess and separate the essentials from the broken, obsolete and redundant stuff.

The best and the cheapest way to organize your home is to get rid of stuff. Unless it is a precious heirloom item or a valuable Picasso, be ready to say goodbye to it.

If it overwhelms you, you may want to start small i.e. begin with clearing out a drawer and move on to the closet and then finally the room. Breaking up the task will make it seem more doable and allow you to plan better. Before you know it, you will have purged your entire home of all that was unusable, broken, unworn and unwanted.

If you find items which may be useful to others (but not to you), you can donate or sell them (and make some money). Trash the rest. A great way of doing so is to tackle each room one at a time, armed with a trash bag and boxes for items you want to sell, donate and for those which belong in another part of the house.

Soon it’ll all be cleared up leaving you with more usable space at your disposal – all this without you having to spend even a single cent.

2. Group Similar Items

When sorting through your things, you’re bound to come across items that may be similar in nature or have the same end use. It makes sense to group such pieces together and label them as you purge through every room. This will make it easier for you to categorize and store them.

You could also sort out the items which belong to a particular room and cluster them accordingly.

Place that book you found with the other books, DVDs with the DVDs, bags with the rest of your collection, and shoes with the other pairs. Before you know it, you’ll have everything figured out and kept in place.

Avoid bunching disparate items together as doing so will only make it hard to find what you need and create visual chaos and you don’t want that. The idea is to straighten out the disorder, and not create more of it.

3. Make a List

Wouldn’t it be great if you knew exactly what you have so that you could determine its use? One of the best ways of organizing quickly and in an error-free manner is to make an inventory of all the things you own and the items among those you want to hold on to.

Doing this should give you a good idea of how these items should be stored and what type of furniture and containers you will need to preserve them. You can now make an informed decision and buy the suitable storage solutions once and for all, rather than end up buying something wrong and making repeat purchases.

For instance, in order to store your t-shirts and formal shirts separately, you could use either shelf dividers or strong and sturdy hangers to allot them their place in your closet and distinguish between them in a jiffy. Similarly, once you’ve counted how many CDs you have, you will know the size of the rack to get to store them in.

4. Make De-Cluttering a Habit

To save yourself the hassle of letting things pile up indiscriminately, sorting through them again and again, and repeating the whole de-cluttering grind, it is advised that you find solutions that work in tandem with your personal habits. Intertwining these two factors can go a long way in keeping your home free of clutter at all times.

For example, if you’re looking for basic organization solutions for all your photographs, you will do well by simply clustering them as per the year and storing them in a box. However, if you’re detail-oriented, you may want to segregate them by month, year, occasion, and so on. Hence, you may be better off using photo albums.

Don’t conclude your de-cluttering efforts until everything you own has found a place for itself. Whether it is a desk for your table clock, a hook for your keys or a drawer for your socks, everything should have its own place.

Not only that, you should make it a habit to return each of your things to their own place after every use. That will ensure that they’re always safe and can easily be located in times of need. Easy and reasonable!

5. Use What You Have

Sometimes, you can serve old wine in a new bottle and get away with it. While I have advised you to dispose of, donate or sell what don’t need, you may want to pause and consider reprocessing them if they aren’t damaged.

With certain items that you may own, it may be a good idea to repurpose them. These can include jars, plastic containers, storage bags, cardboard boxes, laundry baskets, and so on.

Old duffel bags, backpacks, and purses may be great for holding things that you don’t need immediately, but might need them later on. For example, your empty suitcases may be perfect for holding your winter wear. That way they’re out of sight for the rest of the year, yet you know they’re safely stored.

6. Look For Bargains

Many a time, we’re tempted to buy high-end, expensive storage solutions which are specially manufactured by niche companies to fulfill such requirements. These products are top-notch in quality and can be expensive, even when on sale. But, you can still have them.

In order to stick to your budget, you can either purchase them second-hand at a garage sale or look for other alternatives such as

Searching online message boards and auction sites for deals on shelves and storage ideas. There are several portals on the Internet that come up with lucrative offers, shopping coupons and even freebies for such items. Look in the right places and you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.

Posting on the local trade websites; requesting the items you need and exchanging them for your discards. By taking recourse to the good old barter system, you can swap the items you don’t need with others who need them, for something that may be useful to you. Don’t forget to keep a track of/check for updates on your posts.

Shopping at the “as is” section of your local furniture and hardware stores for discounts on slightly scratched or dented items. The imperfections may be barely noticeable, but the discounts are heavy, which make it a very attractive option for many. You might want to consider getting your hands on something that may not be as perfect as you’d like it to be, but it is better than having nothing at all.

Do not make the mistake of overlooking your neighborhood thrift stores and yard sales. Just stay focused on your objective of getting rid of useless and unwanted items and organizing the things you need, whilst adhering to your budget. Remember, you want to eliminate clutter, not add to it.


I’m sure that by the end of the de-cluttering process, you’re going to love how imaginative and inventive you can get. Rediscovering this new side of yourself is going to make you glad that you did this important task and got it out of the way, without spending much. You don’t need to be rich or have extravagant organizing tools to de-clutter. You can focus on the simple things and get the job done effectively too. The above tips should help you in your endeavor to set things straight at your home.

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Organize Your Home after the Holidays

By Ron Maier | Filed in Closets, Organization

Organize Your Home after the HolidaysOrganize Your Home after the Holidays


Holiday season is over and you have stacks of gifts to organize, decorations to take down and your home is in total disarray! If you can relate with the situation, this article is for you.

First thing first, do not fret. This is the perfect opportunity to freshen up your home after the holidays. Take examples from the Japanese.

In Japan, there is a tradition called ‘oosouji’, which literally translates as ‘big cleaning’. They clean their homes, offices and even school desks from top-to-bottom. By eliminating dirt, clutter and disorganization from the previous year, oosouji helps to create a clean emotional slate.

Here are some simple tips to organize your home after the holiday season.

Get a Fresh Start

Apply the fresh-start philosophy. This is your first step to organize your home after the holidays. There have been excess everywhere during the holidays. Take time out to purge and simplify things in your home. Start with cleaning out drawers and closets. Though there will be no visually obvious improvements, you will be amazed to see how much space it creates.

While you are at it, don’t forget to purge your bathroom drawers and cabinets. These places usually contain empty makeup containers and free samples that you no longer need. Your kitchen cabinets are also overflowing with old and mismatched pots, cooking items and Tupperware. It’s time to reshuffle those cabinets too.

Instead of storing your holiday gifts in the closet, look for the items that can replace some of these old stuff. For example, if you have received bath towels for Christmas, why don’t you start using them instead of those tattered and torn linens?

Do you want to change the interior design in your home? Decluttering and sorting your old items will help you find thing that you can repurpose. You can, for example, turn your duvet cover or comforter into an area rug during the winters.

Getting a fresh start after the holidays gives your home a new look and you don’t have to go through the stress of doing it before the crazy holidays.

Analyze Your Home

There are many things in your home that are likely to make you feel let down as you look around your home. Especially after the holidays when you take the decorations down, your home often look very plain. Worst still, without the decors, Christmas ornaments and special linens, any signs of wear or scratches on your walls, floors, doors, sofas, bed coverings and furniture amplify.



The post-holiday season therefore is the best time to analyze your home. Take pictures of each area such as the entrance, doorway, hall, your living room stairway, kitchen, bedrooms and kids rooms from several perspectives. Look at those photos and start listing things that need a repair or a rearrangement.

Don’t forget your cabinets and closets. While cleaning out few items will free up a few areas, you can also add new shelves or a hanger or two here and there to reorganize the space. For example, you can use plastic containers for organizing things. This will make the storage more usable and keep the place more orderly.

Little tweaks and touch ups can help you add a new dimension your home in the New Year.

Declutter Old Items

Follow the rule of ‘Get One, Toss Two’.

Behind the shelves, boxes and hangers, lies a reality. To declutter your home you need to let go your possessions, at least some of it. This is a simple clutter-cutting tip to put away your new holiday gifts: for each gift you receive or each item you bring in, throw away two others.



It is not easy to make room for your new holiday gifts, especially when you still have a bunch from previous years, many of which still unused. For example, if you have got a set of new book for Christmas, give away two older titles to your local library. For those beautiful new dresses you’ve got this year, find two sets that have outgrown your size and fashion and add to the donation bag.

You can recycle, sell or donate your old possessions to reduce clutter and make your home organized. The best time to do it is during the holiday weeks or soon after it as you will be excited about the new possessions and can easily cut the ties to your old, outworn items.

This is a sweet and painless way to organize your home.

Another good way to declutter your home is to hold a post-holiday White Elephant exchange. Host a Super Bowl party or invite your friends for dinner and ask all your guests to bring a white elephant for a gift exchange. This is a good option to clear clutter, but be careful about regifting faux pas. Alternatively, you can hold a stoop sale or a yard sell to get rid of unneeded items.

Sort Your Decoration before Stowing Them

Now that the holiday season is gone and you’ve taken down the decorations, it’s time to store them. Instead of stowing your holiday decorations, Christmas ornaments, linens and crockery sets right away, sort and declutter them first.

Throw away the non-working, tattered and tired items. You can even recycle or donate the has-been decor items or repurpose some of them. The goal is to streamline your decor items for next year; you will probably have to throw out the old, dilapidated one, so why not now!

Create a Toy Library

If you have young children at homes chances are your storage spaces and bedrooms are overflowing with toys and dolls after Christmas. Consider setting up a toy library and get away with excess toys. In fact, a toy library is a good option to retain the value of playthings, even though they are old and familiar.



You can add some of the new Christmas toys to make it seem new and exciting along with the old doll houses, playsets and blocks, construction sets, and stuffed toys. You can turn your storage area or attic into a toy library using lidded plastic storage containers or plastic garbage bags.

To keep clutter at bay and enhance the play value of the library, consider rotating items at regular intervals.

Spruce Up Your Living Room

Let’s accept it; your living room is probably a complete mess after the crazy holiday season. Now that your guests are gone, it’s time to reorganize the living room. Begin with disposing of the old newspapers and magazines. If there are particular articles you want to keep, tear them out and create a folder and organize them according to their category, in an alphabetical order.

If there are books you no longer read, trade them with a friend or fellow book club members, donate them to your local library or put them for a garage sale. You may additionally take them to a Goodwill or Salvation Army or at least relocate them to a different area. For instance, you can create shelves or storage space under stairs to hide unused things discreetly.

If you don’t want to invest on shelves, you can buy some baskets to put the magazines and place them underneath taller tables or convert a ladder into a book shelf. It looks both functional and neat.



Holiday season is the perfect time to take some nice pictures with your family. Now, if your tables and cabinet tops are cluttered with photo frames, you can reduce this. Invest in some neat flip book to store the pictures. If you would like to display them, buy a spinning frame holder or a small metal picture displayer to fan out pictures for viewing.

Family tree photo frame chandeliers are also good options to spruce up your living room walls. A cost-effective alternative is to use your hangers to display photo frames.

Take a Closer Look at Your Closets

This is one place you need to minimize and declutter after the holidays. Keep some baskets in your closet to store clothes for laundry and dry cleaning. Get rid of the worn-out clothes and uncomfortable shoes that you no longer wear. Now, use the space to categorize your clothes by purpose and separate them by season.



The rule is: your current season’s clothes stay on the lowest level while the out-of-season attire move up in the shelves. If you don’t have a scarf rack, keep them on a hanger along with your belts and ties.

To keep your handbags, tote bags and hats organized, install hooks on your closet wall. If there are delicate clothes you want to save, store them in a vacuum-sealed plastic bag.

On a Final Note

It’s still cold winter months, so why don’t set a cozy and warm winter tone once you have organized your home.

Candles and lamps can create a warm glow at dusk, especially if you don’t have a fireplace and want to create a similar atmosphere. If you have got some cashmere or wool throws as Christmas gifts, use them to decorate your sofas and chairs to add a cozy feel. Old wool or cotton pieces can even make nice, comfortable rugs in the winter. The idea here is to get creative.

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