Spring Organizing Checklist
If you are looking for an easier way to streamline your home, then you found this spring organizing checklist at the best time. Many times we talk about things to declutter throughout the year, this time we are going to talk about things to organize.
How to organize by the season will make it easier to work through every room in your home.
Usually, spring is when you hear a lot of talk about cleaning your home. There is nothing like a little sunshine coming in through our windows to remind us they need to be cleaned.
That means that spring cleaning gets all of the attention this time of year, but I have found when you do a little spring organizing it really helps you to keep things neat and tidy all summer long.
Spring Organizing Checklist Room by Room
This list is meant for spring so we are going to focus on the rooms that get the most traffic this time of year.
The Laundry Room
Usually, the laundry is not where I begin an organizing checklist, but in the spring, especially if you live up north where I do, things can get muddy and messy quickly. Without an organized area for laundering clothing, your family can quickly turn this small space into a hot mess.
If your laundry room looks like a tornado just tore through it, it might cause you to avoid the room altogether. Let’s instead streamline this busy space so you can set up an efficient laundry routine keeping this chore on auto-pilot where it belongs.
Organizing Wash Supplies:
- Use plastic washtubs to hold fabric softener sheets or wool dryer balls.
- Tin containers are great for laundry pods
- Drip catchers keep messes away when using detergent bottles.
- A plastic jute basket can be sued to toss random items found in pockets.
- Magnetic organizers stick perfectly to the washer and dryer to hold coins or clothespins.
- Magnetic lint bins are a prettier way to toss lint. This is great, especially if you reuse your dryer lint for home projects.
- I love this magnetic hanger organizer. What a great way to hold hangers in a laundry room.
Organizing Your Setup:
- A full shelving system is great for giving you instant storage. Use to hold baskets, detergent, hangers, and fabric softener sheets.
- A smaller shelving system will work if you are short on space but still want the shelves.
- A small space cart is great for in-between appliances. You can use this to hold paper towels, stain remover, and even additional cleaners.
- If your family is small, this all-in-one cart is a great way to keep laundry sorted.
- If you have a larger family, you may want to invest in this laundry sorting setup.
- I love this sorting option because it gives you a countertop for folding and stain treatment if needed.
- Finally, a sorting cart with a hanging bar is another great way to use space efficiently.
D/M Pro Tip: If you have a larger family, you can forgo sorting and instead wash each person’s clothes in one batch. This is a huge timer saver and one we used with success for years.
Invest in a tote/hamper for each person in your family. Be sure to label them with their name so there is no confusion. On laundry day, wash in batches. When dry the clean clothes can be returned to the hamper and carried to the room where they belong.
The Entryway or Mudroom
This is another high-traffic area, especially in the springtime. As you were switching from one season to the next, your shoes and outerwear might be doubling. Having a system set up to hold all those extras while mother nature is making up her mind will help to keep this area clutter-free and tidy.
For our large family, we like to have a dedicated area for each family member. This keeps things stress-free especially when you’re trying to get out of the door at the beginning of the day. When each family member has their own hook, basket, or cubby, they will know right where their things are and right where their things go when they returned home again.
A more expensive option but one that can solve many clutter problems quickly.
- This mudroom bench organizer is great because it has a shelf, hooks, a bench, and cubbies.
- This farmhouse-style bench is a smaller option if you are short on space.
- This storage setup is great, as there is tons of room for shoes.
- And finally, a separate set up allows you more freedom with space and location.
Coats and bookbags
- Command hooks are great for coats and hats. If you have young children, be sure to have the hooks lower to their level as they grow you can easily remove these hooks and raise them up.
- Heavy-duty hooks are better for older kids so they can handle the weight of a backpack full of books.
Sport equipment organizers
- Umbrella holders work great to hold baseball bats, hockey sticks, or other long equipment.
- If you have the room, an all-in-one sports organizer is an easy way to keep things put away.
- Use a wall organizer to hold keys and outgoing mail.
- This rustic vertical organizer is great for smaller areas.
D/M Pro Tip: Hang a picture frame and put post-it note reminders for your family to see before they head out the door. Color code the sticky notes so your family knows which notes are for them.
Another area that needs some springtime attention is the inside of our vehicles. Let’s face it who wants to clean out a car in 10-degree temperatures? Now that things are warming up, let’s do a quick clean-out and set up a few organizers to streamline an area that our families will easily keep up with.
Paper Organizing Options
- An accordion file is an easy fix for keeping papers organized in your vehicle. Use it to hold insurance cards, registration, and emergency info.
- This envelope style organizer is another option I like.
- A bigger storage option that can hold papers plus your car’s manual.
By keeping things sorted in organized didn’t make it much easier for you to find any papers right when you need them.
Misc Car Organizers
- Use this zipper bag to hold misc chargers you may need on road trips.
- Have a first aid kit for any minor emergencies.
- Visor organizer for misc items you routinely use when you travel.
- Use this seat organizer to hold toys and books for younger children.
- This portable desk is great for older children to read and work on schoolwork.
- Back seat organizers are great for any age passengers.
- Pet travel organizers are great for holding cleanup supplies, a bowl for water, and a few toys.
Space Saving Organizers
- I love this foldaway snack tray; great for road trips and sports practices.
- A handbag/car supply organizer works great for keeping your entire car clean.
- A cup holder with a storage bin will give you more space.
- Car seat gap organizers work great to give more space in your vehicle.
- Car seat hooks are great for holding totes, purses, and bags.
- This side seat organizer can give you more space in your car.
- This trunk storage bin works great for holding grocery bags and keeping them from spilling on the ride home.
- This is a great trunk organizer for travel or families with busy kids.
When you live up north your winter garage is nothing like your summer garage. Winter means snow shovels and salt and snow blowers and summer means pool supplies and rakes and lawnmowers.
Each year on our spring organizing checklist we do a switch over from winter tools to summer tools so that our garage is not so tool heavy and overcrowded.
D/M Pro Tip: If you have larger tools that you use in the winter, be sure to clean them and close them up so that they store better throughout the summer. If you are not sure just what needs to be done, you can go online and check with your manufacturer for exactly what you need to do for larger items.
As you were putting things away for the winter, make a list of anything that needs to be repaired or replaced. Put this on your summer to-do list to update any items that need a bit of help. There’s nothing worse than being faced with a snowstorm in October and your snowblower is still not repaired from last year.
Tool Organizers for the garage
- A wall system is a great way to organize hand tools.
- A free-standing storage system is good if you are short on wall space.
- A wall pegboard is great for all kinds of small toys.
Organizer for outside toys
- This all-in-one organizer is good for the entire family’s toys.
- You can use this toy cart organizer for an easier setup.
- If you are short on space, this toy wall system is a great option.
More Garage Resources:
Another area in your home that needs a seasonal dose of organizing is the kitchen pantry. If you live up north as we do, then your winter pantry will be quite different from your summer pantry. Our winter pantry is usually heavy with canned soups and chili ingredients, whereas our summer pantry has more for barbecues and picnics.
D/M Pro Tip: As the weather starts to warm up, you will want to get any winter food supplies on your menu. This will help you to eat up anything that may not get eaten over the summer. If you have a ton of chili supplies, you can make a few batches and freeze them to enjoy later.
Before organizing your pantry, go through your food and check the expiration dates. Toss what is out of date and use up what is getting close.
How can I streamline our family pantry?
To keep a family pantry more organized use categories to streamline. Each basket will hold items for a particular category of food making it an easy way to keep things organized.
• You can use meal categories by having a basket for soup, one for fruits, and one for rice.
• You can use food style categories by having a basket for Italian, one for Mexican, and one for American.
• You can also use family categories. by having a basket for Grayson’s snacks, one for Jamie’s snacks, and one for Katie’s snacks.
Organizers for a Pantry
- Stadium risers are a great way to organize deep pantries. They will ensure you can see all the cans, even the ones in the very back.
- Lazy Susans are perfect for corners and hard-to-see areas. Use them for canned goods, boxed foods, or spices.
- Two-tiered lazy Susans are great if you are short on space.
- Jute baskets are my go-to organizer in most of my home but, most importantly, in my pantry. They are super durable and look great as well.
Remember that whatever organizing idea you choose, you will want to keep in mind just how easy it will be for your family to stick with it. Bins without lids and large crystal clear labels are always a sure bet, no matter what age your family is. Keep it simple, so they stick with it.
More Kitchen Pantry Resources:
- How to Organize a Wire Rack Pantry
- Find Space in a Tiny Pantry
- My Top Tip for Organizing a Family Pantry
If you are lucky enough to have a garden shed, you will want to go through things before the busy season hits. Remove any broken, too bent to fix, or overly rusted supplies. If you can repair it, always take that route first; if not, you might want to consider replacing the item altogether. If funds are tight, check online at a used marketplace for options.
Organizers for a Garden Shed
- Use hooks to hold large hand tools such as rakes and shovels.
- A cleaning caddy is an affordable way to hold hand tools for the garden.
- Shelves are great for flower pots and soil.
- A locked cabinet for insecticide or fertilizers.
- A hanging organizer for hoses and spray nozzles.
- Standing tool organizer for rakes and other garden tools.
Do your best to keep as much off of the ground as you can so you have a safe area to walk through without the risk of tripping.
When organizing your home, using the seasons as a reminder to work on key areas is a great way to stay on top of things. Switch over from one season to the next and declutter the items you are storing as you go. Next, clean out the area by dusting and whipping things down so you are organizing a clean, fresh area. Finally, use bins, hooks, baskets, and big labels to keep things put away the easiest way.
Do you have any areas you have a spring organizing checklist for? Let us know in the comments below, and we will add it to our list here!