January 22, 2015
Early Jump on Spring Cleaning
The spring cleaning bug has bitten me, and really hard. Not only have I cleaned this large closet, I have reorganized my clothes closets, my shoe archive, and my sports equipment storage area. I wish I had taken a photo of the closet before it was emptied, but all the stuff on the table was really inside the closet and all of it has been re-allocated to storage boxes, baskets, and "new homes." I love homekeeping projects like this, and I advise you to visit our website, marthastewart.com, and also read my big book, The Homekeeping Handbook, published by Clarkson Potter, for guidance on organizing, reorganizing, and re-doing.
Here at the farm, we are reorganizing not only inside, but also outside: washing walls, clearing brush, chipping branches, mulching gardens, and setting up new projects to make life better and different.
Watch for future blogs about these projects, and lots more!
1 All of this stuff was in the big closet in my brown dining room. The closet had become a catchall for things that came home with me from the office, things I bought but didn't know where to put, and "valuables" that needed a safe hiding place.
2 The crystal bowl for example was a gift to me from Olana, Frederic Church's magnificent home on the Hudson River. I had stashed it in this closet with no plans for displaying it.
3 This closet was also the storage place for scrabble games, cards, binoculars, and instructional handbooks.
4 Even my stationery needed reorganizing and sorting.
5 One Saturday, with just 1 1/2 hours to spare, I drove to the nearest Container Store to find some sort of "storage system" that I could use in the closet.
6 I found some very nice boxes with reinforced corners and a few baskets that fit very nicely on the 50"x 20" shelves.
7 I put smaller games and accessories in one box—chips, cards, dominoes, dice, etc.
8 One box was great for the storage of board games.
9 Where I was tight on space, the baskets came in handy, filling the gaps and offering more, deeper storage. I filled the remaining boxes with more games, hid my favorite Norwegian milk chocolate bars in another (don't tell anyone), and fitted my large Scrabble games in a wide space on the bottom shelf. I am very proud of the reorg and the neatness of my "new" closet.