Supplies and organizational tools to kick off your spring-cleaning process.
It’s finally time to spring forward — right into spring cleaning.
There are still some days of rain and gloom to come, but if you start now, by the time the sunny skies emerge, every room in your home will be in tip-top shape.
First things first
Before you get started, make sure you have the essentials.
A pair of high-quality gloves is necessary for deep dives into spring cleaning. For a cheery pop of color, don the Casabella Waterblock Gloves ($10 at Bed, Bath & Beyond) while getting down and dirty in those nooks and crannies.
Move seamlessly around the house by stowing your cleaning supplies and tools in the World Market Steel Gray Metal Housekeeping Utility Bucket ($10), which has lots of room and a rugged wooden handle.
For the kitchen
The kitchen sink’s disposal captures less-than-desirable odors, so add the Plink Garbage Disposer Cleaner and Deodorizer balls ($6–$9 at Sur La Table) to eliminate unsavory scents. Add a ball once or twice a week to prevent clogging and leave a fresh lemon smell.
If you need a new trash can, try the throwback World Market Mint Retro Galvanized Trash Can ($20), a utilitarian piece that doubles as a lovely addition to a kitchen’s décor.
When it’s time to tackle the grime in your oven, pair your favorite multipurpose cleaner with the OXO Good Grips Deep Clean Brush Set ($6 at Bed, Bath & Beyond). Even the most elusive corners won’t be safe from this brush duo.
Reorganize in style with Pottery Barn’s Stainless Steel Wall System (on sale for $30–$55). Pieces include a utility shelf with hooks, a wine glass shelf that holds up to eight glasses and a gallery ledge that can double as a spice rack.
For the bathroom
If you have a motley collection of bottles on your bathroom counter, try corraling them in The Container Store’s Platinum elfa utility Mesh Bathroom Door & Wall Rack Solution ($89). It’ll declutter counter space and make your products easier to find.
A squeaky-clean tub shouldn’t come at the cost of a sore back. The OXO Good Grips Tub and Tile Scrubber ($13 at Bed, Bath & Beyond) makes it easy to clean your shower, from top to bottom, without uncomfortable crouching.
Use Mrs. Meyer’s Lavender Tub and Tile Cleaner ($5 at drugstores and mrsmeyers.com) to clean every surface in your bathroom. It’s formulated to get rid of grime in the shower and sinks, and on tiles and countertops — and it leaves behind a lovely lavender scent.
For the bedroom
If dresser disarray is driving you crazy, employ Ikea Hofta Dividers ($3 for a three-pack) to create small compartments to organize your belongings.
Wall shelves are a great way to reduce clutter and keep floors clear. Two eye-catching and practical shelves are West Elm’s L-Beam Wall Shelf ($249) and Shape Wall Shelf ($299). Add an assortment of your favorite books, photos and knickknacks for a great-looking, personal element in your décor.
Store your backlog of magazines and newspapers in style with the handwoven Pottery Barn Oval Magazine Basket (on sale for $23).
The gold-hued Anthropologie Highbar Jewelry Stand ($38) doubles as a beautiful accent piece in the bedroom. Hang your favorite necklaces, bracelets and earrings on the stand and avoid having to sort through a jumbled mess each morning.
For the closet
Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to get rid of the items in your closet that you haven’t worn in the past year. Once those clothes are removed, it’s time to organize and declutter your newfound closet space.
If you need a major overhaul, stock up on the basics with The Container Store’s Closet Starter Kit ($219). It includes hangers, storage bins and boxes designed specifically to store shirts and shoes.
Organize your scarves, belts and ties with the space-efficient Rev-A-Shelf Pull-Out Belt Scarf Organizer ($20 at wayfair.com).
And because it always seems like the most desirable item of clothing in the closet is just out of reach, pick up an Ikea Bekvam Step Stool ($20) to make it easier to grab your favorite piece without knocking anything down in the process.