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Spring Clean & Green Pt. 4: Putting It All Back Together


I may not love spring cleaning, but it is a job that must be done. The decluttering, chemical-free cleaning and deep cleaning are out of the way, so now I can get to the part I actually enjoy: Putting everything back together and semi-redecorating. Because if I take the time to make the house look spiffy, I may as well make each room a lot more beautiful than the way it started.

Living Room

My husband loves rearranging furniture. In fact, I’m never surprised to walk in the house to find the position of the sofa and TV have been reversed or to find a side table in another room altogether. Now is a great time to reevaluate the position of your living room furniture. Here are some points to consider when repositioning and redecorating your living room:

  • Is there too much furniture in your room? Not enough? Get rid of pieces you’re not using.
  • Is your sofa blocking the doorway? Is there a clear, unobstructed path from the living room to the room closest to it?
  • Is your rug floating in the middle of the room, or is it integrated with your seating area?
  • Is the TV the focal point of your room? If it is, can you shift it to something else?
  • Consider bringing accent pillows from other parts of the house for a fresh look.
  • If your room is dark, consider hanging a mirror opposite a window so it will reflect light back into your room.
  • Consider organizing your open storage (shelves, entertainment centers, etc.) with baskets and trays
  • Don’t feel obligated to have all your large pieces of furniture up against a wall or even parallel. Float them in the center of the room and/or angle them. You’ll be surprised at the difference it will make.

Kitchen & Pantry

I hate clutter on the kitchen counter probably more than any other part of the house. Of course, because of this, it tends to magnetically attract mail, keys, toys and anything else that isn’t tied down or too heavy to move. If there are any heavy clutter that’s just obnoxious and needs to be disposed of, employing services such as rubbish collection dublin can truly help.

Here are my tips for keeping the kitchen and pantry clean and well-organized.

  • Use baskets on the counter nearest your high-traffic walking area. We have one for incoming mail and one for miscellaneous “stuff” like keys, along with a matching cup for loose pens, pencils, crayons, etc.
  • Try to keep seldom-used appliances like blenders, food processors and similar items behind closed doors when they’re not in use (unless you bought them with their decorative value in mind).
  • Put loose items like rice, flour, cornmeal, beans, uncooked pasta, etc. into airtight glass jars or containers and label them.  It will make them easier to organize, and it will allow you to take a more accurate inventory of what you have before you go grocery shopping.
  • Keep decorative items on the counter to a minimum. It will make everyday cleaning easier and keep excessive grease from hiding behind items that don’t serve a true purpose.
  • If you’re like us, most of your recyclables probably come from the kitchen. Keep your bins close at hand to encourage the entire family to recycle. Ours are against the wall behind the dining table in the eat-in area of the kitchen. And thanks to the team at Kangaroom, we are now recycling in style. They sent us a 2-pack of their new Recycle Bags, which are made of 100% recycled polypropylene. At just $12.99 a set, they are certainly a great alternative to the old carboard box we had been using. They are tough and sturdy and the perfect size for food-size packaging and other household paper. We’re still using an old plastic storage bin for the glass, metal and plastics because we don’t want to chance breakage.


The bedroom is another one of those rooms where clutter tends to accumulate. We empty our pockets on top of the dresser, undress and hang our clothes on the footboard and kick off our shoes in front of the closet instead of putting them in it. We’re still struggling to master our bedroom organization so we hire housecleaningdublin services instead.

  • Baskets, storage bins and trays will save your sanity. For large surface areas like closet shelves or the tops of wardrobes, they will help you to organize your bedding, extra clothing and all the etceteras of busy lives. For small areas like nightstands, they will give you a place to put your keys, cell phone, wallet, etc. without creating a lot of clutter.
  • Don’t be afraid to put your furniture against a window. In bedrooms, you’re often battling for wall space because of all the windows and doors. A headboard or writing desk can be happily at home against a window. Place it a few inches away instead of flush against the window so your window treatments will have room to move.
  • Consider layering your window treatments for privacy. For example, try pairing roman shades with semi-sheer drapes or panels. This also will add depth to your windows, often making them appear larger than they are.
  • Invest in a quality shoe rack (or two). Finding a place to put stacks of shoes is typically what makes our closet look like a jumbled mess. Thanks to the decluttering stage, I’ve pared down my shoe collection to the ones I actually wear, so it should be a lot easier to organize them now.

What about you?

What are your favorite tips for making your home look like home again after you’ve completed your spring cleaning? Leave a comment and share your expertise!

About Author

I am a graphic designer by trade who has a strong passion for interior design and doing what we can to protect the environment. This blog and my other site, Green & Gorgeous, are my ways of giving back to the Earth.

1 Comment

  • Carla
    May 12, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Great tips!

    I like general rearranging of furniture to give the rooms either a new look or better functionality.

    Carlas last blog post..Green + Chic Baby Gift Sets


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