Five spring organizing activities

Five quick things you can do now that the weather is warmer:

  1. Take your sweaters and winter coats to the dry cleaner for an end of season cleaning. Then, put them in moth proof storage at the back of your closet.
  2. Soak scarves, gloves and mittens and then lay them in the sun to dry. Afterward, put them in moth proof storage at the back of your coat closet.
  3. Check the expiration date on your sunscreen and replace it if it’s past its prime. If you have more than one bottle of sunscreen in your cabinet, line them up by emptiest to fullest and plan on using up the least-full bottles first.
  4. Check bulletin boards and note centers throughout your home and office and get rid of outdated memos, calendars, and fliers.
  5. Now is also the perfect time for a sock purge. Also go through your underwear and t-shirt drawers and get rid of any items that have seen better days. Replace as necessary.

If you’re looking for even more warmer weather activities, be sure to check out our spring cleaning guide.

21 Comments for “Five spring organizing activities”

  1. posted by Emma on

    I wish I had enough faith in the weather to get rid of my jumpers for the summer!

  2. posted by Lisa on

    A sock purge – what a great idea! Old socks make great rags…

  3. posted by enviro on

    aaccchkk. You’re recommending more dry-cleaning. Even when not necessary? Geez, lets spend more money damaging our environment. Good for the economy, good for ?? wear and tear on our clothes!

    Why not, instead, recommend that people hang their winter stuff outside, air it out good, inspect for holes, stains etc. Spot clean as necessary and if an item is really in bad shape then take it to a green cleaner that uses a less damaging process?

    Why exhort the spending of money instead of THINKING and evaluating first?

  4. posted by LivSimpl on

    Good suggestions (both the article and the comments). I’d also recommend taking your Spring Cleaning a step further and really evaluating the winter stuff you’re about to store. Did you actually use it? Or did you just pull it out because it’s with your winter stuff? If so, could it be put to better use by donating it?

    Not only will going through this process help you declutter, but you’ll have less to pull out when Fall rolls around. (I wrote about this idea in more detail here for anyone who’s interested.)

    Happy Spring Cleaning!

  5. posted by L on

    Passover creates this notion in my head that Spring Cleaning equals cleaning out the kitchen. All the boxed and canned food we’ve had in our pantry for a year, not to mention expired stuff in the back of the refrigerator, that will never, ever get eaten makes a good candidate for disposal or donation. “Turning over” your kitchen is a wonderful Jewish tradition I think everyone would benefit from.

  6. posted by Erin Doland on

    @L — What’s cool, too, is that there is a holiday celebrated in parts of India called Diwali that takes place in the fall and usually begins with a giant house cleaning … such great combinations of life and holidays!

  7. posted by Louisa on

    You say “moth-proof storage” but can you give some tips on what truly IS moth-proof? Cedar? Moth balls (blech)? Plastic bins? Hmmmm.

  8. posted by Erin Doland on

    @Louisa — We have a post on deck next week about storage solutions for winter items. It explores what’s available to you and the advantages and disadvantages of different systems. So, stay tuned!!

  9. posted by Recovering Food Waster on

    I’ve been purging my socks all winter long! We’ve set out heat lower than usual, which means I wore socks in the house and so I wore holes in a lot of them. My sock drawer is pitifully uncluttered right now.

  10. posted by Stephanie on

    Looking forward to the “moth-proof” posting – I was just wondering what qualifies as “moth-proof” myself!

  11. posted by Tina Mammoser on

    You clearly don’t live in England! 😉 While summer and spring things do get stored away, it’s rare that all my sweaters and jackets do except my heaviest winter coat. And I’m still wearing scarves. In fact last August I wore my wool hat on a trip to the coast! (granted I had been in shorts and a t-shirt earlier that same day, and raincoat at one point in-between)

    But ditto on the moth-proofing. With the changes in weather moths are more abundant now. I had an infestation for the first time ever last winter. Moth balls were really the only way to go – a very good reason (strong smell) to wait and do your cleaning of whatever type *after* the storage season rather than as you pack it away.

  12. posted by jon on

    I don’t have a problem with mis-matched socks. I now buy bundles of plain white socks from Asda (Wal-mart). Buy a bunch at once, and they’ll stay true enough to each other after washes, and who is going to notice one white sock is unlike another white sock?

    And in winter? I wear 4 socks, one over another. Yup, layer your socks and you don’t need ‘winter’ socks again.

  13. posted by ~ danielle on

    wool shouldn’t be dried in the sun… air dry yes… in the sun, no.

  14. posted by N. & J. on

    I would love to be able to store my winter sweaters and coats away unfortunately it just snowed here again. But going through the wardrobe to do this is a great time to get rid of clothes that you don’t wear anymore. If you didn’t wear something this winter you should probably donate it to someone else.

  15. posted by balconygal on

    Just reading this made me feel lighter and more organized. Thank you.

  16. posted by Jean S on

    try using Eucalan for handwashing wool. No need to rinse, and the combination of eucalyptus and lanolin restores the wool and guards against moths.

    Also, another basic anti-moth storage tip: lavender sachets.

  17. posted by Dedicated Soak User on

    It’s my undertanding that only Moth Balls and other chemical agents are truly moth proofing. Natural agents may deter moths but they won’t keep them away or get rid of them once they are there. Moth proof storage means washing the oils from your skin and dirt out of your wools (the moths actually like the oils rather than the wool) and storing them in a sealed container or sealed closet. Soak is a great wash for all wools, quilts and delicates- cleaning garments before you store is the secret to spring cleaning.

  18. posted by asrai on

    I’ll save these tips til about June. It’s snowing here in Alberta, Canada today. And will likely again until mid-May.

  19. posted by Michael Moniz on

    Great tips to get you spring cleaning. I have been working hard on cutting down.

  20. posted by kris on

    I believe that the Chinese New Year also encourages spring cleaning, and that it is bad luck to clean before then. Which means, my cleaning is about two months overdue! 🙂

  21. posted by Kassy on

    I”m with Asrai, the day after you posted this I received over an inch of snow and I live in Seattle where it is supposed to be Spring. I guess I shall have to save this post for summer.

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