Spring is in full effect! Flowers blooming, birds singing, windows opening and, our least favorite, closets purging. To make this year’s purge less painful, AVE asked professional organizer Colleen Ashe, of Ashe Organizing Solutions in New York, to share some apartment Spring-cleaning tips.
The Closet Purge
1. Donate clothing and shoes that are not the right size, fit or style – regardless of the season.
2. Repair and shine winter shoes and then stow them in underbed storage bins to make room for sandals and flip-flops.
3. Review sweaters and pullovers with a close eye. Donate or discard items that are stained, pilled and misshapen.
4. Streamline your closet by using one hanger style.
5. Arrange remaining clothes in groupings to identify them easier (pants, skirts, shirts, special occasion).
The Refrigerator Purge
1. Empty each storage space. Discard expired foods and items you won’t eat.
2. Give all surfaces a once-over with a bucket of warm, sudsy water.
3. Take stock of remaining items and create categories. Zone your fridge, freezer and pantry, grouping like items. This helps with food shopping and meal prep.
4. Add fun bins to catch small baking supplies, small condiments and spices – an attractive label polishes off the look.
The Bathroom Purge
1. Take stock of your beauty products and discard items you no longer use.
2. Toss expired medications.
3. Wash or replace your shower curtain.
4. Review your towels and replace if necessary.
The Car Purge
1. Tour your glove compartment, center console storage bin and pockets behind the driver and passenger seats and remove unnecessary items.
2. Vacuum and polish all surfaces. If you’re not the DIY-type, pamper your car (and you) by taking her to the local detailing center.
3. Add your favorite scented air freshener.
The House Purge
1. Look high and low. Vacuum dust bunnies from ceiling fans, moldings, baseboards and under furniture.
2. Flip your mattress, replace your pillows and trade in your blankets and down comforters for lighter bed coverings. Store winter bed coverings in sealed space saver bags under the bed.
3. Go green and save money, too! A great but simple cleaning solution comes from our grandmothers – white distilled vinegar. It will clean just about anything from shower stalls to counter tops to windows. You can even run it through your coffee maker.
Colleen Ashe is a seasoned, professional organizer who works to simplify, organize and reduce stress. Ashe Organizing Solutions offers a full spectrum of services along with signature packages. Her project management team helps guide clients through the process with ease, identifying and fully understanding their objectives, while working to overcome challenges large and small.