Want to get a head start on your spring cleaning? With a little elbow grease and our easy organisation tips, you can have some of the most cluttered rooms in the house in tip-top shape and functioning better than ever in no time. And with a few decorative finishes using Avery labels and our free Design & Print Online software you can add beautiful, useful touches to all your newly cleaned spaces.
Give your bathroom a break from clutter
There’s already enough cleaning to do in the bathroom, so to make your life easier, de-clutter your cabinets and shelves and give everything a place. First clean out your cupboards, drawers and medicine cabinet. Throw out any old, expired or empty items. Look at the remaining items and assess if you actually need them. If you rarely or never use them, then donate them to charity. Segregate the remaining items into categories, such as skin care products, bath products, hair care, makeup and medicine. Get storage containers that will fit in your cabinet or decorative jars for your countertop, for daily-use items. Identify items in your containers using your choice of label and free designs. Once done, return everything to the cabinet, with your most-used products in the front.
Iron out your laundry room wrinkles
Save yourself loads of time by sorting whites, colours, delicates and dry cleaning. Use clear plastic bins with pretty customised labels, so everyone knows what goes where. If you have a small laundry room, hang laundry bags from a rod and label with hanging tags for sorting. For items that wrinkle, keep a rod or hook nearby and put clothing on hangers as soon as possible to save time when ironing. Make the most of your storage space by putting a cart or slim drawers between the washer and dryer to store detergents, stain removers, fabric softeners and other laundry essentials.
Get cooking in a clean kitchen
Just like your bathroom, start your kitchen cleanup by throwing things out. Separate items into two piles: things to toss (this includes expired, stale or crushed and dented items) and things you haven’t used in the last nine months. If these items are still good, but you aren’t going to use them, donate them to your local food bank. For often-used bulk items, get some pretty jars and canisters you can keep on display. Create your own labels to add a unique touch to your countertops or cupboards. Clear labels add a striking look to canisters and are easy to make with free Design & Print Online. Once you start returning things to the shelves, remember visibility is key. You need to be able to see everything. Products like spices and small cans can be put in baskets or door racks. Just like the supermarket, place newer items in the back, so older items get used first. Keep a dry erase sheet on your fridge or cupboard door so you can easily jot down items that need to be replaced.
Give everything a home.
Do you spend a lot of time hunting down missing items because they’ve been misplaced, or borrowed and not returned? Next time, assign a designated home for each of your items, and label them with the location where it should be returned. Avery Marking Dots are perfect for the job because they come in all shapes and sizes. A pair of scissors that often go wayward can be labelled “desk drawer” or “supply cabinet.” When everything has its place, everyone will know where each item belongs, where to find it and where to return it when they’re done.
So what are you waiting for? With these few simple tips and some easy-to-create labels and tags, you can have the clean, organised house you've always dreamed of having. If you'd like more tips and beautiful products for home organisation, why not browse our inspirational Martha Stewart Range.