Spring Cleaning Challenges

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Every year around this time cabin fever starts to set in. Since it’s still too cold to get outside, I’ve decided to start spring cleaning earlier than usual. It’s a good thing too because we are planning to move this summer and it will be the perfect opportunity to get our house organized and ready to sell.

Since we’ve been in our house 10 years now, we’ve really outgrown it. While we loved the house when we bought it we never planned to stay here more than 4 or 5 years and didn’t think we’d be raising a family here. Now that time has passed, Kora & Logan are getting older and need their own rooms and honestly in this house it’s just not possible.

a1I have to say over the past 10 years, we’ve really settled in and accumulated a lot of stuff. We are also doing some remodeling so while that is very exciting, it’s displaced most of our closets temporarily. This means we have areas of the house that are a bit out of control.

Spring Cleaning Kids ClothesOur house is a bungalow so our second floor has sloping walls. The area in the picture above would be an amazing walk-in closet if the wall/ceiling wasn’t in the way, as a result it’s sort of an odd storage space that I use for the kids outgrown clothes and keepsake school papers and projects.

Each year I do pull out the clothes and get them ready for our summer garage sale or a local PTA mom-to-mom sale. It leaves our living room looking like this.


a16My plan is to do something more productive and organized with this space. To make it easier to access everything and to make it look less like a free-for-all.

Speaking of free-for-alls and slanted walls, check out what we call “The Alcove.”

Spring Cleaning WrappingIsn’t it a cute room? It’s been so many things. A bedroom (which would be so great if you didn’t hit your head on the slanted ceiling every time you got out of bed), a play room, a sitting room, and now it’s my gift wrapping station.

Spring Cleaning Gift WrapI love my holiday ribbons, papers, bags, and bows and used to store them in our closets but now they are in the alcove. I kind of like them here because they are pretty and fun to look at and it makes it easier to find what you are looking for, however as you can see in the chaos of the holidays I sort of just started putting things up here without thoughts of organization.

Spring Cleaning RibbonThis room could be a real seller for our house so I want to get it in great shape and restore it to it’s former cuteness. I also can’t wait to finally have my gift wrapping items as organized as my mom’s!

I also have a number of other projects that I plan on tackling as well. The next couple of weeks are going to be very busy but exciting around here thanks to my Brother P-Touch Labeler.

Spring Cleaning Brother Labeler

Brother LabelerHonestly, I’ve never had a labeler before and I’m excited to see how using one will help me get the rooms mentioned above organized as well as tackle other projects around the house including:

Our Mudroom (or lack of one)

Spring Cleaning Mud Room

The Endless Piles Of Mail On Our Kitchen Counter

Spring Cleaning Kitchen

The Kids Art Buffet (It used to hold dishes and serving wear)

Spring Cleaning Art

Spring Cleaning Kids MarkersThese are more of the areas around the house that are all essential to organize in order to get our house ready to sell. They are a bit daunting but they are also great spring cleaning projects that I can’t wait to tackle.

Now that you’ve seen the before pictures be sure to stay tuned because at the end of the month I’ll be sharing the after pictures and my thoughts on how the Brother P-Touch Labeler stood up to the challenge.

In the meantime be sure to visit the Brother Office Facebook Page for more conversation on organization and to check out posts from other bloggers who are using labelers to get their homes in order too.

I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Brother P-Touch and received a product sample to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

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  1. That’s a lot of work ahead of you! But I’m eager to see how it all comes out. By the way, I love your little alcove wrapping station!

  2. Austin Baroudi says:

    We just moved a few weeks ago and went through the same thing. I never realized how much junk we’ve been holding onto :P It’s so much better and easire without all of it!

  3. april yedinak says:

    I have to fight my natural tendency to hang on to everything ‘just in case’. I have gotten better, simply because I like for my house to be uncluttered and organized. I still struggle with the basement, though. That is where all the kids extra toys, clothes and books are and it looks terrible.

  4. I’m also in the process of organizing/spring cleaning. Little by little I’m making progress…3 closets done!

  5. It is hard to keep organized with kids around. I love my storage totes. I label them with the size of clothing and they are ready for the garage sales.

  6. Stacey Burke says:

    We have many areas like this in our small house, that we bought 12 years ago and now have completely outgrown!! We are planning to sell this one and buy something bigger too!! A place for all the 4 year olds STUFF would be awesome!!

  7. Our homeschool room gets out of hand at times and could really use some more organization, too.

    Good luck with your move! Having everything labeled will make unpacking a lot easier on the other end.

  8. I really need to do a good spring cleaning also!

  9. Oyy I was just saying to hubby it time to clean the kids clothes out and see what needs to be donates and what needs to be trashed. I really like the idea of an PTA yard sale.

  10. i have so much spring cleaning to do i dont even no were to begin with it lol

  11. I think most of us busy families have piles like you have, so don’t feel bad! It can be overwhelming getting to all of it, too…so pace yourself and enjoy the excitement of preparing to move into a new home. I wish you success with the organizing, the selling, the buying and the move. All hard work, but exciting times, too!

  12. I also have my stack spot! I have to go through it frequently!

  13. Christina Ziegelmeier says:

    This is so what I have been feeling. I need to spring clean like the pile of mail or the room upstairs that could be a great bedroom here that we use to just put whatever we are not using to get out of the way. I cant wait to see your after pictures and how you use the labeler.

  14. I love your house. We are in a little Southern plain farm house right now that was build in the 60’s. It’s got hardwood floors throughout but the 1 bathroom is really killing us. It’s got 2 bedrooms and an addition that we use for DH’s office. It’s small, but we are trying to make it work. As with you, we’re also working on Spring Cleaning and literally moving appliances and everything to do this cleaning. I can just see our donations to the women’s shelter now!!! With the old clothes, I just donate a little at a time as Monster outgrows them…I’ve found that’s much easier than going through everything at one time. You’ve inspired me to do more of the cleaning and I may just post pics on my blog also of our rooms as we’re getting them clean. But we need to get rid of a lot of stuff!!!

  15. Oh man, my spring cleaning is going to be bad. I have a really great check list that has been featured across the web, but even that needs to be added on to:

  16. It’s amazing how much stuff a family can acquire over the years. We had to get a storage container to put all of our things into. That Brother P-Touch Labeler would be a big help in organizing it all. I love using labels than just writing on the boxes. Looks so much more neater.

  17. I feel ya! I have SO much stuff everywhere, it drives me crazy. I get rid of bags and bags of things, and the next month, it’s all piled up again. I would prefer more of a minimalist lifestyle, but I married a pack rat, lol.

  18. You house looks a lot like mine! I need help, lol! I love the Alcove, though! Hit my head or not, that’s a cool room!


  19. Darlene Ysaguirre says:

    I Can Relate To The Closet Pulling Of Clothes With Three Kids Theres Always Soo Much Stuff..Ive Been Trying To Motivate Myself To Brave The Chaos Of My Childrens Unused Things

  20. We live in a cape cod house and my daughter’s room upstairs is the only room up there. It also has slanty ceilings, but they don’t slant all the way to the floor, they stop about half-way down and then become straight walls the rest of the way down. So it has more useable space, and there is plenty of room to walk around without hitting your head. The little attic sections on either side of her room are far more slanty and I do hit my head, when I’m looking for something up there! LOL!

    I totally know about endless piles of mail. How do you control it? It drives me crazy.

  21. Wow – you did an awesome job! Want to do my house next – lol

  22. Your house is adorable! I can’t wait to see the after pictures. Good luck with your move!

  23. we have been trying to tackle all of the “stuff” that is in our house too… good luck with your organizing can’t wait to see how it turns out

  24. I too need to find the motivation to be thinking about spring cleaning! It always gives you a feeling of accomplishment when you get it done and get things organized!

  25. Jennifer Marie says:

    Boy do I need to get some spring cleaning in! Maybe I can get motivated like you? :)

  26. Excited to see your after photos and glad to know I’m not the only one with the huge pile of mail/junk on her kitchen counter (I swear it multiplies while I’m sleeping). We have an older label maker. I need to pull that back out and get this house organized! Thanks for the inspiration and motivation to get moving.

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