Now that summer is just a few weeks away (officially), it’s time to think about decluttering from winter and spring. Before summer kicks off, it’s good to look at a certain few areas of your home and get yourself organized and decluttered before the season is in full swing. If you need a little guidance, here are the areas we recommend you get started with:
1. Winter textiles
It’s time to put away the down comforters and heavy throw blankets and swap them out for your lighter-weight version. I like to wash all the blankets and then store them in blanket bags that you can keep in your garage. That way, it’s not taking up a ton of cupboard or closet space all those months that you don’t have them in the rotation.
2. Summer clothes
It might sound strange to purge your summer wardrobe before summer starts, but it’s actually really helpful. Go through your collection of shorts, tank tops, breezy dresses, etc. Take stock of what you have and what you might need to purchase. A good rule of thumb is to add it to the “donate” pile if it has been hanging in your closet since before last summer. As in, if you didn’t wear it last summer, chances are you aren’t going to wear it this summer, so give it to someone who will. The same goes for any styles that feel outdated, as well as pieces that have tears that can’t be repaired or stains from previous wear. Rearrange your closet so your summer wardrobe is front and center and easily accessible all season long.
3. Beauty products
There are certain products in our cabinets that don’t get much use in the colder months. Go through your stash and check the expiration dates on bottles of sunscreen, aloe vera gel, tanning oil, etc. You want to make sure that what you have on hand is still usable for the months ahead. It’s also a good time to rotate your skincare and your makeup as you get your beauty kit ready for summer. For example, products with a lot of retinol or AHAs shouldn’t be worn on your beach days. While your skin loves these ingredients, they do make your skin more sensitive and susceptible to sun damage if used before a day in the rays.
4. Outdoor accessories
This is an especially good idea if you have kids, but it’s helpful even if you don’t. Go through your stash of beach towels, sand toys, water toys, beach chairs, etc. Toss or donate any that you didn’t use last summer or maybe won’t need this one. Check toys for mold and damage, and toss any that can’t be fixed. The same goes for your beach towels. Now is a good time to invest in new ones if yours are smelling a little stale or have worn down from use.
5. Your car
Cars tend to get overlooked when it comes to decluttering, but it’s actually a really common storage spot for most people. Clean out your car and remove any “extra” sweatshirts or jackets you keep on hand, as well as anything that is lingering in your trunk. Summer generally means a good deal of travel and hauling gear, so you’ll be glad you preemptively have that space available when it’s time to load up and head out.
Main and featured image by Marisa Vitale for our home tour with Molly Madfis