Has your hallway cupboard ever looked this bad? Mine stores bedding and towels, as well as appliances that don’t fit in the kitchen, wrapping paper and birthday supplies, plus miscellaneous items shoved down the bottom. It was always a job I meant to get around to but never did. Then my sister-in-law needed something from the cupboard and that was the motivation I needed to sort it out. It was embarrassing that someone else saw such a mess. Ah well, we’re all human.
So if you have a cupboard that can rival mine, I challenge you to set aside an hour or two and sort it out.
- Start at the top and remove everything. As I was pulling things out, I put them into piles on the floor. One for sheets, one for blankets, one for towels etc. Look at what you’re pulling out. Do you use it? Is it broken? If it’s beyond repair, bin it. If you don’t use it, get rid of it. I found an old sheet set that I hadn’t used in over 5 years. Why still keep it? It’s taking up space and I’m not using it. Gone.
- If your cupboard is multipurpose like mine, really look at everything you currently use it for. Does it need to be kept there? Do you have room elsewhere for it?
- Cushions. Really, how many do you need? I guarantee not as many as you actually have in the house.
- Once everything is out, give the shelves a good clean. If the shelves are looking a little worse for wear, consider laying down some paper or covering the shelves with contact.
- Put everything back in the cupboard tidily. Fold all the linens so that the smooth fold is facing out, and everything is piled together neatly. Use the space you have on the shelves to the best advantage. My cupboard is fairly deep so I folded the linens narrowly and used the whole depth of the cupboard.
- For small items, consider keeping them in storage boxes. This will allow you to store them easily and make better use of the space. I put birthday balloons in one box, streamers in another etc. To keep the wrapping paper tidy I put an elastic band around each one to stop them from unravelling.
So with winter over, start your spring clean with the hallway cupboard. Give it an air out, a good tidy and sort through, and it should stay clean and organised through to next year.