Get Organized During the Coronavirus Scare
You’ve been wishing you had time to clean and get organized before Summer arrives. With the Coronavirus scare putting us into lockdown mode, now is the perfect time to do both.
According to the Sleep Institute, over 90 million Americans engage in spring cleaning each year. It’s likely this year will be triple that number after being forced to stay home for a while. You can join them by starting small, like with your closet.
There never seems to be enough space in the closet to keep them looking organized. But with the tips below, you may find it’s not as hard as it seems.
Purchase Storage Containers
No, you don’t have to leave your home. Instead, check out The Container Store online, where you can find stylish, trendy organizing solutions, but at a substantial cost. Because organizing is not necessarily an emergency, avoid going out in potentially crowded spaces.
Depending on how many winter items you need to pack, start off with four bins and go from there. Of course, if you like to hit all the sales and get great deals on winter clothing like us, you may need more than four.
Pile It Up
Assess your stuff. If you don’t plan to use it in the next six months, throw it into one of three piles: the dry-cleaning pile, the wash pile, and the donation pile.
Drop off the dry cleaning at Prestige Cleaners while you are starting your first load of clothes at home. Or, to make it even easier, drop off your winter laundry to Prestige too.
The great thing about dry cleaning is that when you pick up your clothes, they’re clean and ready to store. (Note: At Prestige, we recommend storing clothing in a breathable cloth bag.) Not to mention, our seamstresses can also tend to any needed repairs during the cleaning process, including making minor repairs, like replacing buttons, for free.
For your laundered items, all you need to do is request Prestige fold them. We’ll make sure they’re cleaned and folded, ready for you to store in a bin.
For the donation pile, there are several Scottsdale charities that welcome your unwanted or ill-fitting clothing.
By dry cleaning and washing in advance, it’s one last step you must do come fall.
Clean the Closet Too
Now that your closet is thinned out and you have determined the clothing that needs to be cleaned before storing, it’s time to focus on your closet itself. This is when we act like the CDC and ask you to wear a mask. Not to prevent a virus from spreading, but to protect you from breathing in particles while you clean.
Remember, it’s been a while, the dust collection could be heftier than you think.
Grab a stool or even a ladder and start at the top and work your way down. Dust your items starting on the highest shelf, wiping off the dust on your shoes, boots, hats, handbags, etc.
This would be an ideal time to consider keeping your shoes in shoeboxes to protect them from dust and keep them looking brand new. Next wipe down each shelf and side of the shelves and drawers.
Don’t forget the floors and baseboards. Dust loves to collect behind clothing and along baseboards, especially in hard to reach corners. Use a broom to break up the dust, then with a wood polish cleaner wipe down the baseboards. The wood polish or furniture polish helps to repel dust in between cleanings. Vacuum the inside of the closet and mop if you have wood or tile.
Organize Like You Mean It
Organize the remaining clothing by color, length, and style, and make room for the dry-cleaned clothes in the back of the closet. Create a space for every single item you want to store in your closet.
Handbags, jackets, shorts, tees, hats, flip flops, underwear and anything else that will be used in the upcoming months.
Deal with the Smells
Finally, install a closet odor eliminator that neutralizes odors from mold, mildew, tobacco, perspiration, and yes, your favorite, well-worn shoes. Try using a charcoal deodorizing system, like the airBOSS Charcoal Deodorizer. You can also use air purifiers or simply place a bowl of vinegar in your closet. It is an all-natural way to eliminate odors.
Start with a plan and specific tasks you want to tackle. Then, go for it. You will fill fresh and renewed living in your newly organized, cleaned space.