Declutter as You Deep-Clean for Fall

Now that you’ve done the hardest parts of the home, you can tackle the bedrooms and living areas. Start by refreshing any bedding that doesn’t get washed regularly, Apartment Therapy says, such as comforters and pillows. Vacuum the mattresses, and swap warm-weather bedding for cold. In the closets and dressers, switch out seasonal clothing, culling out any you no longer use and #donating them to In living areas, dust flat surfaces, wash baseboards and vacuum upholstered furniture thoroughly. Finally, #clean your screens and remotes, and kick back for some binge-watching. You’ve earned it! #FallCleaning

Leave it at the door.

March and April have brought snow and rain to different parts of the country. Whether you’re coming in from a hike or your child had baseball practice and is bringing dirty cleats into the house, make sure to leave shoes at the door. This will keep you from spending time cleaning mud and wet shoe prints in your home later!

It’s Time to Winterize Your Closets!

It’s officially time to clear the last of your summer-to-fall transition clothing items out of your closet.  As we move deeper into fall and closer to winter, there is an unmistakable chill that’s set in, and it’s here to stay.

When it comes to winter, many of us have different jackets and coats that are worn for different temperatures. That being said, many of these jackets are big, bulky and difficult to fit into a closet that’s already housing sweaters, pants, and other clothing items and accessories. Once you’ve neatly packed away the rest of your summer clothes, you might stare into your still full closet and wonder where to put it all.

One idea we’ve discussed before is to group like clothing items together. This allows you to keep track of the clothes you own, without letting smaller pieces get swallowed up by thick winter coats and sweaters. Another suggestion is, if you have the storage space, use certain closets for certain pieces of clothing. For example, if you have a closet right near your front door, use this for all of your winter coats and accessories, such as winter scarves, hats and gloves. This way, you’ll know exactly where these items are, saving you time as you get ready in the mornings.

Remember, not everything has to hang in your closet. Sweaters often lose their shape when they’re on hangers. Consider folding them, and then rolling them so they stay wrinkle-free. Then, put them on shelves in your closet, or in a dresser. This will, again, free up more space in your closet for bigger pieces.

You might find, after trying the organizing tips above, that you just have too many coats or jackets. Instead of throwing some away, donate them to us! We’ll make sure someone stays warm this winter with your donation. Simply fill out our online donation form, and we’ll pick it up for you.

Be ready for winter—start winterizing your closet today!