April 25th, 2019 | Updated on April 11th, 2020
Studies have shown that the average American can spend up to 55 minutes each day looking for items in their home that they cannot find.
From sorting through your clothing to searching for the television remote, the importance of being organized increases with the amount of items you own.
It is also a crucial need as the seasons change. When the need for holiday items and warmer clothing is no longer present, everyone should have a plan for organizing for the summer months.
If your home is in need of cleaning and organizing before the spring is over, review three expert tips.
1. Arrange Outdoor Items By Season
As people begin to use spring/summer outdoor items from their garden storage sheds, it is ideal to have a setup that allows one to find the exact tools and supplies needed right away.
However, if you use your outdoor storage for your seasonal decorations, and for things you won’t be using again until the cooler months arrive, this small space can easily get cluttered. To alleviate this problem, spend an afternoon (or two) pulling everything out of your storage area.
Prior to putting anything back, check to make sure that each item is in good working order, and that nothing is broken. If something is broken, decide first if you will repair it, or if it needs to be thrown away.
Next, if you could benefit from having wall shelves, hooks, or any other hanging storage installed, put these items in first.
Once these steps are completed, organize and store all items according to their season. Put the current season’s items up front, and set up an easy method for rotating to each coming season.
2. Consider Placing Off-Season Items In A Self Storage Facility
Once you’ve organized your outdoor space, and perhaps your indoor space, are there some items that don’t have a place to go? Oftentimes, there is no good area to store Christmas trees, Halloween decorations, snow removal equipment, and the like in your home.
If this is true for your current living situation, consider renting a spot at a self storage facility for all of your off-season items.
This one step alone can free up an immense amount of room in your home, in your garage, and in your outdoor shed. Once this space is cleared, you then have the room to better organize what you are storing at home by season.
3. Use A Separate Dresser Or Closet For Your Fall And Winter Clothing
When you store all seasons of your clothing together in your closet or dresser, it can become incredibly challenging to find specific tops, bottoms, dresses, and accessories. Thankfully, there is a simple step that you can take to make it easier to find your clothing items each season.
As soon as possible, remove all items that you definitely won’t wear during the summer. This includes bulky coats, sweaters, seasonal apparel, hats, and gloves.
Once you’ve taken all of these items out, find a temporary new home for them in either a separate dresser or closet.
Alternatively, you can place them into portable clothing storage bags, and put them in a corner of your closet until they are ready to be worn again.
Taking the time to organize various parts of your home before summer arrives not only saves you time, but it also eliminates unneeded stress. Over the course of one weekend, your home can quickly and easily become tidy and organized for the warmer days ahead.