The first thing that pops into my head when I hear the phrase “spring cleaning” is of my mom wearing long, yellow rubber gloves, patiently wiping down the windows, the baseboards, and the floor. Maybe airing out the house as the weather finally warms up enough to open the windows again to let in fresh air and light. I think of dusting off every shelf, every cabinet, wiping down every surface to make it shiny and new.
Except…cleaning isn’t exactly my thing. While some people take pride in making things shiny and new I’m happy to pay a cleaning service to come in occasionally and clean up the worst of the grime.
But organization? Now that’s my jam. Maybe we could rebrand spring cleaning and call it spring organizing instead. I’m a rockstar at creating piles of things to “donate”, “keep”, and “save” and take immense pride in the resulting space that appears after removing piles of clutter. That’s exactly what I was made for.
It also happens to be what our showroom coordinator, Tara Buedding, has been called to as well. Tara shared with me some of the biggest challenges her clients face, some organizational products and tips, and ways to stick with a system that works for you!
One of the biggest obstacles Tara finds in her clients’ homes is simply having too much stuff. Overflowing cabinets, pantries, and drawers aren’t helpful to anyone. She finds that many of the people she works with own multiples of things, such as can openers or several jars of peanut butter. Paring back to what your household actually needs is one of the simplest ways to clear clutter quickly. Another challenge is a lack of proper storage and function: when a single cabinet is filled with everything from plates to spices to utensils, it’s hard to find anything.
Steps to Tackling the Pantry
Sticking With A System
The biggest words of wisdom from Tara might be to practice, practice, practice! Once an organizational system is in place in your home, it takes time to make it a habit. It’s hard to train our brains in any new habit because first we have to break the old ones. This includes the way we function in our own homes – especially when we throw children or roommates into the mix! Yet sticking with an efficient system will save both time and money in the end. Time because you will no longer be searching for things in several different cabinets, and money because you won’t be replacing items just because you can’t find them.
It’s a commitment to tackle any space in your home to make it fit and flow better for your own family. Yet the benefits are so worth it, and while we focused on the kitchen and pantry here, Tara’s steps for organization apply to any room! Spring is the perfect time to go through closets, kitchen items, or bathroom linens. Even if it doesn’t excite you as much as it does me or Tara, at least in April you can do it with sunshine and a breeze wafting through an open window.
Have a kitchen or pantry that could be better organized or even use an entire remodel? Contact Bella Domicile to meet with one of our talented designers today! Call (608) 271-8241 or fill out an appointment request form here.