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Workin’ It Wednesday: Spring Cleaning

April 12, 2017

Hey guys!  It’s time for another Workin’ It Wednesday, where I link up with Erika and Shay to talk about how busy moms keep it together!  This month’s topic is Spring Cleaning.  If I’m being totally honest, I hate cleaning.  I LOVE having a clean house, but I hate actually cleaning it.  Especially since it seems like a wasted effort when toys are strewn about or OJ is spilled on the floor shortly after I do take the time to clean.  I splurge on having a lady come clean my house once a month and it is HEAVEN!  She does an amazing job and I just do minimal “maintenance” cleaning in between her visits.  I save the deep cleaning for her, and I’m only slightly guilty about that!

Spring cleaning is a little more intense then daily or weekly cleaning.  And for that, I despise spring cleaning even more.  However, to me, spring cleaning also represents going through and getting rid of things you don’t need anymore.  I get great pleasure from purging and organizing, so that’s what I am going to focus on for today’s post.  ORGANIZATION!  We all know there are dust bunnies under the couch that desperately need to be swept and fan blades that could use a wiping, but I’m just not in the mood for that right now.  So, I’m going to talk about something that gets me all warm and fuzzy inside!

I have recently made my way through most of the closets in this house in an effort to get rid of things we don’t need/use and organize what remains.  We downsized when we moved into this house, so it’s been a bit of an adjustment and I find myself trying to cram all of our same old stuff into smaller spaces.  Instead of being efficient, it’s just making me crazy.  I don’t like clutter, but by the look of my closets you’d never know that.  I also think that time has a lot to do with how the closets ended the way the did.  Actually, I should say lack of time.  I quickly throw something in there, to deal with it at a later time, and then that time never comes.  Then, I throw something else in there and something else until the entire closet is filled with “things I need to get to one day”.

Is organization a love language?  If so, it would be mine.  I am very at peace when things are in their designated spots.  I’ve had to learn to let go of a lot of these desires after having children.  They don’t seem to have the same love of organization.  Go figure.  One thing I desperately needed to organize was my shoes.  This wall of my closet had a mirror and 2 hooks, but it seemed I could take advantage of the space better then this.  As you can see, I needed a better plan for this pile of shoes I accumulated 😉  I went to Home Depot and spent a lot of time in the shelving aisle talking to one of the employees.  I came home with this ClosetMaid shelving system.   I got 2 shelf tracks, a hanging track, wire shelves, and brackets.  They were able to cut the shelves for me in the store, so all I had to do once I got home was screw in a few screws and attach everything together.  It was super easy to install!  I like that the shelves are adjustable so I can make them taller for boots and shorter for sandals if I choose to.

My dad helped me build this shoe rack ages ago, and I have used it ever since.  It was slightly too long for this closet, so Adam helped me shave off a few inches on each dowel rod and I gave it a fresh coat of paint.  Now, it fits much better and isn’t so cramped in this space.  And it still holds 4 pairs of shoes per row!

I also wanted a better way to organize my scarves and purses.  I used to keep my scarves in the hall coat closet, but then I would forget to grab one on my way out.  I found this ClosetMaid shoe organizer at Home Depot and it was the perfect solution!  The cubbies are small enough to hold my scarves and flip flops and they are much easier to see and access!

Here’s an overview of both sides.  I used Command hooks to hang my sunhats and various boxes to organize things like bras, socks, tank tops, etc.  Pay no attention to the other side of the closet.  I have attempted to organize his side, buuuuuut…… Remember when I said other members of my family don’t share my love of organization?  Yeah.

On to the kids’ rooms.  I went through both boys’ clothes and tried to weed out things that were too small, or that they just refused to wear.  I have been intrigued by the whole capsule wardrobe movement, but I am too much of a chicken to try it on myself.  I thought about trying it out on the boys, but I haven’t pulled the trigger yet.  Honestly, Chase has pretty much determined his own capsule wardrobe.  He has a handful of shirts/pants that he wears every single week, some even more then once in the same week.  I know the people at his school probably think he desperately needs some new clothes, but with a closetful of them, he choses the SAME things every day.  I gave up trying to fight that battle 2 years ago.  #justdontcare

And, Beckham gets a ton of hand me downs, so I wasn’t sure how to start a capsule with him.  They both need a lot of grimy clothes that I don’t care about because we get dirty around here A LOT.  They play outside all the time, so while I love it when they look cute in their polos and plaid shorts, I also appreciate having clothes that can get dirty without making me insane.  So, with all of that in mind, I tried to weed out as many things as possible…things that were too small or too big for their current little bodies; things that they wouldn’t wear if their lives depended on it; things that were just taking up space.  Somehow, Beckham ended up with so many different pairs of pajamas, but he only wore about 5-6 pairs.  The rest just sat in the drawer, getting pushed around to find the favorites.  So, out they came.  And the drawer is much more organized and peaceful without the clutter of unworn pjs.  Old pants were discarded and replaced with shorts in anticipation of spring (although a few favorite pairs of pants remain).

Purging is so refreshing isn’t it?  I also tackled the junk drawers.  How do we end up with so many random pieces of paper and pens?  I have no idea where they come from.

Other places in our house I plan on directing my focus to are the laundry room / craft storage area, toy room (I recently organized this-see the post here-, but after receiving gifts for Beckham’s birthday, I feel the need to weed through things again and donate what they don’t play with regularly), pantry, refrigerator (I’m dreading that one), and last but not least…the basement.  That could take me a while.  The good thing about organizing is you can do a little at a time to avoid feeling overwhelmed.  Pick a drawer and start going through it.  Pretty soon, you’ll be motivated to pick another drawer, and another!

I know I said I wasn’t going to talk about cleaning, but since I hate cleaning (did I mention that already?), I wanted to share a couple of things that do make it a little easier on me.  First is my Dyson stick vacuum.  I use this beast multiple times a day and it’s amazing!  It is basically a suped-up dust buster, but it has a long stick that allows me to stand upright and not bend over.  It also has a few different attachments that come in handy for cleaning different things.  I mainly use the regular vacuum attachment with the stick for sweeping under the kitchen table and around the kitchen.  I also use the brush attachment for cleaning out my car!  The best part…it’s cordless!  The charger is mounted to the wall for easy access and it is always fully charged, ready to go when I need it!

The 2nd thing that helps with the random dirt accumulation around here is our Roomba.  We’ve had ours for years, and it’s sadly on it’s last leg, but it’s definitely a handy item to have around.  Ours is old and rather loud, so I try and click it on as I’m walking out the door to leave.  But, I’ve heard they have made great advancements in the technology so I’m sure they are more powerful and more quiet these days.  Some are even fancy enough that you can set a timer and they will automatically clean each day during that certain time!

Well, that was a much longer post then I originally intended!  Hopefully you made it through, or maybe you quit in the middle to start tackling your closet organization! 😉  What’s your favorite spring cleaning ritual?

Be sure to tune in next month for Workin’ It Wednesday when we chat about planning for a summer vacation!

Niki French

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  • Anonymous April 12, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Purging is so refeshing!!!! It literally feels like a weight has been lifted. And what is it with the darn junk drawers.. somehow after a few weeks they are junk again?!!? Happy Cleaning!

  • Alisa Zimmerman April 12, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Thanks for reminding me – I have got to figure out something for my shoes. I have a teeny tiny closet but I am a shoe girl.

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