Organizing Ideas
June 7, 2014

5 Easy Ways to Cool Your Spring Fever!

5 Easy Ways to Cool Your Spring Fever!

It always happens this time of year-  spring peeks in on us and we get the undeniable urge to tidy, purge, reorganize and breath new life into our stale-from-winter spaces. Today we wanted to share five simple but productive projects to help tame that urge and get your home ready and  organized for the sunshine soaked days ahead. So pour yourself a glass of lemonade, and get inspired!

1. Flip-flop Your Closets

Take an afternoon and go through everything in your closet. Try things on and be ruthless, purging anything that no longer fits, is not your style, or simply  doesn't get worn. (A good rule of thumb here is that if you haven't  pulled it out in the last 12 months, away it goes.) Group like items  together, then move winter clothes (sweaters, long sleeved shirts, and  thicker pants) to the back half of your closet, leaving the front  section for flowy, lightweight fabrics, short sleeved shirts and  transitional pieces to take you from spring to summer. Same goes for  outerwear- It's (finally) safe to tuck away winter boots, hats, gloves  and coats, and make way for sandals, suns screen and floppy beach hats!

2. Start Something Big in the Garage

The garage can be a daunting task for many of us (so do get in touch if you need a helping hand), but now is a great time to do a little  garage reorganizing. Move the bikes, skateboards and other summer gear  to an easily accessible place, give the floor a good sweep to rid it of  gravel and dirt dragged in over the winter, and make a date to take back  the collection of empty bottles that have been piling up over the past  few months.

3. Freshen up Your Linen Closet

Nothing  quite says spring like the day we swap the winter linens for lighter  summery ones. I love to pair this sheet swap with washing the duvets,  mattress pads, and pillow liners that don't get freshened as regularly  the other bedding, but I also extend this wash to the entire linen  closet. It's the perfect excuse to purge old towels or unused sheets  (again- think about the 12 month rule) and bring out the picnic blankets  and beach towels that have been buried in the back of closet over the  winter. Washing all your linens can be a big undertaking, so I like to  make a special trip to the laundromat in order to tackle multiple loads  at the same time. It's a nice excuse to get a coffee and a new magazine  and have a little laundromat chill time to myself.

4. Prepare for Many Delicious Feasts

Summer  is all about delicious food- the abundance of farm fresh produce, BBQ's  galore, weekend parties, camp outs and wonderful gathering with  friends... So now is the perfect time to clean out your pantry and  fridge to make way for the all the extra deliciousness about to come  through the door. Discard any expired or stale items, donate unopened  things you no longer need to the food bank, and clear a little shelf  space for the summer essentials. Same for for the refrigerator- pull it  all out, discard whatever is no longer good, and put it all back in,  grouping like items together (even labeling each shelf) and leaving room  for a season of fresh berries, delicious greens and other beautiful  farmers market finds!

5. Pretty up Your Garden/ Patio/ Yard

Now  is a great time to prepare for Calgary's short gardening and outdoor  entertaining season. Dig up weeds, dead foliage and leaves the winter  has left behind, wipe down your patio furniture, fixtures or garden pots  (a simple solution of 1 cup white vinegar to two parts warm water will  do the trick), and begin to plan your outdoor oasis. If you need a  little inspiration, check out Pinterest to get your summer styling juices flowing!

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