How to Stay Organized Through Winter
We’ll be welcoming the arrival of spring this year on March 20, so whether we like it or not, we still have a solid month of winter left ahead of us. Throughout the winter, it’s fairly easy for our homes to get messy and cluttered, especially when we’re spending so much time indoors. However, keeping an organized home doesn’t have to feel like an unattainable goal while the weather is so frightful!
5 Winter Organization Tips for a Clutter-Free Home
Don’t wait until the weather warms up to get the home in order! Here are five easy winter organization tips to get started on now:
1) Create a calendar for household tasks. Get loved ones involved in the home organization and cleaning process by creating a monthly calendar of chores. Include tasks like sorting laundry into baskets and putting away clean clothes, keeping dishes washed, dried and back in the cabinets, recycling newspapers and magazines, plus regular cleaning like dusting and vacuuming. Bonus points for color-coding chores assigned to specific people or rooms!
2) Tackle the hallway closet. It’s not uncommon for the hallway closet to get jammed with coats, hats, scarves, gloves, etc. to the point where opening the door results in an avalanche of these items. Keep the closet organized by only storing the coats the family is wearing throughout the winter in it; lighter, seasonal jackets can go in your self storage unit until the seasons change. Then, get some plastic bins to keep accessories sorted together on the floor or the top shelf, so the next time someone is looking for a pair of gloves they actually will be stored in the same place, together.
3) Make a space for soggy clothes & shoes. Keep the winter weather outside where it belongs by designating a space for wet coats, hats & shoes to go. If you’ve got an entryway or mud room, ideas like hanging hooks on the wall for coats and installing a shoe rack for boots to sit on until they dry will help keep all that sogginess from getting tracked through the entire house. Plus, you don’t want to leave wet articles of clothing in a heap on the floor, as they can become moldy and stinky quickly.
4) Get crafty. Winter is a perfect time to stay inside and put your crafty hat on to start some creative projects you’ve been putting off.As an extra bonus, you’ll get rid of the clutter these “I’ll get to them someday” types of projects have been creating. There’s no time like the present to get photos into albums or frames, finish knitting that sweater for grandma’s birthday, organize a child’s toy collection by type of toy, sew missing buttons back on shirts and pants, and more.
5) Keep like items together for storage. Finally, get items ready to go into your self storage unit so quick trips can be made as often as needed. This will help clear the home of excess clutter to ensure it’s staying as organized as possible no matter the time of year. Then, when the warmer weather does arrive, your spring cleaning tasks won’t seem quite as overwhelming, too!