Time to Show Your Home’s Storage Some Summer Lovin’

This time of year, I find myself pulling short sleeve tops from the far reaches of my closet to be front and center. Our goose down comforter from the master bedroom gets packed away for another six months. My kids start digging for the pool towels from the depths of our hall linen closet. And, that New Year’s Resolution of eating “clean” actually stuck, so I’m revamping my pantry to make way for more exotic and healthy foods, like quinoa.

An organized closet is a pleasant place to get dressed

The storage areas in our homes are the workhorses of our daily lives. But do we give them the love and attention they deserve? Of course not. We use our clothes closets, linen closets and our kitchen pantry multiple times a day and yet those areas each can become an eyesore faster than it takes for the milk in the fridge to expire.

It’s time for the bi-annual rotating of the closets! A good old fashioned Spring Cleaning is in order. I have some ideas for you if you are ready to spruce up those closets and storage areas. Trust me, you’ll feel better when we’re done.

Swap out Winter Items for Summer Ones

If you haven’t already, go to your bedroom closet and rotate out cold weather items like coats, boots and sweaters, with warmer weather ones like shorts, t-shirts, sundresses and sandals. If you have double hanging rods, you might consider putting the clothes you’ll be wearing on top and those you won’t be wearing on the bottom.

Then, take a look at what’s inside your linen closet. Warmer weather means more opportunities to spend time by the pool, so be sure to make those beach towels easy to find. Switch out heavy flannel sheets and duvet/bed coverings with crisp, cotton sheets.

If you are really committed to shedding the winter weight, swap heavy draperies, decorative pillows, and throws for light and bright summery fabrics for a whole room makeover.

Apply the One Year Rule

Once you’ve prepared for warmer days, begin thinking about how to unburden yourself of accumulated stuff. As you go through your closet, ask yourself, “Have I worn this in the last year?” If not, then it’s time to purge by donating to Goodwill, Salvation Army (which will pick up at your home), a local charity, or consignment shop.

Just remember, if you are not getting joy or usefulness from the item, then it’s time to pass it along to someone who will.

Pare Down and Lighten Up

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It’s true. Less is more. Do you have extras of bulky things like quilts, comforters and pillows? How many extra pillows do you really want to store? Remember, winter linens take up more room. What was once a reasonably well-organized space can suddenly become crowded and messy very quickly.

When was the last time you stared critically at the contents of your kitchen pantry (without the intent of eating cookies)? Take a few minutes and ditch the almost empty and probably stale boxes of cereal, crumpled up bags of chips, remnants of broken pasta, and expired baking ingredients. And, don’t forget expired spices! Group multiple items of the same food together with labels showing so you know what you have. Or, if you prefer, group ingredients together to make individual meals.

Are you ready to incorporate healthier eating habits? Start by donating unopened food from your pantry that could sabotage your efforts to the local food bank.

One thing that has been a game changer for me lately is that I moved all the daily health foods to the cabinet right above where my blender sits on the counter. I save so much time in the morning by having all my dry ingredients right at my fingertips.

If you have the enviable opportunity to remodel your closets and storage, take a detailed inventory to determine how many shelves, drawers and linear feet of hanging rod space. Can you get to or see everything easily? If not, it may be time to update your closets with fully adjustable closet systems that may grow and change with you.

If you need extra space for all those pillows and quilts you forgot you had or because you just want more order in your life, the architects and interior designers at HPD Architecture + Interiors can help. Our award-winning team can help you create a space where form and function merge into a beautiful whole that is as unique as you are. Contact us today!


Laura Davis About Laura Davis

Laura Davis is a registered architect and interior designer, as well as a founding member of HPD Architecture LLC. Laura enjoys working with existing spaces to bring new life to older properties.

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