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04/21/2014 01:13 pm ET Updated Jun 21, 2014

3 Simple Spring Cleaning Solutions to Get Your Home Organized Quickly

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Spring cleaning might be one of those annual home maintenance projects that you are dreading having to do, as it conjures up overwhelming ideas of exhausting hours of labor with minimal results. When done methodically, spring cleaning can actually be an easy and productive process that makes your home more organized and tidy. Featured here are three simple spring cleaning solutions to help you quickly and easily make your home more functional.

De-clutter Your House
Over the years, many people tend to collect knick knacks (whether they be purchased or received as a gift). While some of these collectibles might be valuable or cherished, others are simply unnecessary objects that simply add clutter to one's home. Not only can these little trinkets make it more difficult to dust around, more often than not, they are visually distracting (and don't add to the ambiance of your home decor). To de-clutter your home, take a good look around, and determine which items you can give away, sell, or discard of. The 'less is more' approach to home decorating is a great thought to keep in mind when you are de-cluttering your house. By having less items in a given room, the focus then is able to go toward the important pieces, such as artwork, furniture and key accessories.

Organize Your Closet
During the spring cleaning process, you will want to switch out your winter clothes for your spring and summer wardrobe. There are a few easy ways to do this.

Before storing away your winter apparel, shoes, and accessories, carefully evaluate each item to determine if it needs to be professionally cleaned or repaired. Then decide if you actually want to keep the item. If it has seen its better days, or you no longer fit in or wear the item, these are signs that it's time to let go. If it is in decent condition, you can sell it on eBay or Amazon.com, or bring it to a local consignment store or donation station. If, however, it's bit the dust, just toss it in the garbage.

Now that you have gone through your winter wardrobe, and have decided which items to keep, the key is to properly store your items to ensure they stay in tact for next season. Sweaters should be neatly folded and placed within a storage bin (without a lid on top). This allows air to circulate, which prevents mold from developing. Heavy winter coats should be hung on hangers, at the back of your closet. Winter shoes (like boots and booties) should be put away in a secondary storage box. Depending on the layout of your space, you might need to place these storage boxes either on the top shelf of a closet or under a bed.

When re-arranging the apparel in your closet, it's ideal to have everything organized by color and type. All tops and blouses should be together, etc. Sorting pieces by color helps you quickly get dressed in the morning, and is more visually attractive when you walk into your closet.

Space-Saving Tips
To minimize the amount of space you use for your wardrobe, there are great space-saving products on the market that can help. Opt for over-the-door shoe racks that can store numerous pairs of flat shoes, use slimline hangers to hang your apparel, and install floor shoe racks to organize your high heels and wedges. In addition, varying sizes of decorative boxes are an esthetically-pleasing and easy way to store jewelry and accessories.

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