Your probably looking at my pictures and thinking…”you think THAT’S bad?!”. Looking at a disorganized, cluttered closet (or any space) just gives me the cleaning bug. I hate knowing that its there, stuff throw all over, but if i just took a few hours it would be organized and clean. A clean, organized house makes me feel clean. *Pause for eye roll** Yep I am weird, BUT my house does not look like this all the time. I would have to clean and organize my house like quarterly if I wanted it to stay this amazing.
Cleaning and organizing isn’t rocket science. It just takes some finesse and time. Here is the easiest way I have found to clean my kid’s closet.
- Remove everything – Just do it. This makes you go through every single item which in turn allows you to get rid of all that useless stuff.
- Vacuum and Dust – There would be no point in doing all this work if you left all the dust bunnies sitting on the shelf.
- Baseboards – If you have baseboards in your closet make sure to wipe those down. I’m not sure if you have noticed, but they get gross.
- Go through the clothes – Go piece by piece and make three piles. One pile is keep, one pile is for storage, and one pile is give away (or sell). If you are unsure of an item, put it in the give away/sell pile. Leave your give away pile sitting in a spare room or closet for a few weeks and if you do not think about that outfit then you won’t miss it! Afterwards, hang back up all those clothes. BONUS: I took it a step further and have organized the clothing sizes with hanger colors. You will see a section of blue and then a section of white. It helps separate those 3-6 month vs 6-9 month vs 12 month, etc.
- Organize – Now you need to go through everything else. If your kid doesn’t use it, then give it away! Don’t underestimate how much someone else would appreciate or need that item. Tip: Baskets and totes are an easy way to keep similar items (shoes, toys, socks, blankets) together, but make the space look amazing.
- Now time for the room – Don’t forget to box up your items for storage and your items to give away and get those to their designated spaces.
- Step back and enjoy! – Once you finish, you will realize it was all worth it. You SURVIVED!
The hardest part of deep cleaning is getting started. In our minds, it is going to be this impossible task that will take us two weeks to finish. Normally once you jump in, you get absorbed into the project and next thing you know it’s over and your deep cleaning is done for the year (or two!).