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  • Writer's pictureLisa Harris

Hot Spots for Summer Decluttering: Where to Start

An organized pantry, with only a few decorative objects on the shelves

With longer days, warmer weather, and the kids keeping you busy at home – you know what time it is. Summer is here, and whether you plan to spend it down at the shore, working inside with the AC on full blast, or on a much-needed vacation, getting your home and life organized can set the stage for a more enjoyable and stress-free summer.

As with every seasonal change, focusing on specific areas can make the process more manageable and impactful. Here are the key areas in your home you should focus on decluttering for summer.


1.     Closet & Wardrobe


If you haven’t yet changed out your wardrobe for warmer weather, now is a great time to do so. Ensure your next seasonal changeover is a smooth one by packing away seasonal items into clearly labeled containers. Store bulky items like sweaters or coats into vacuum-sealed bags to save space and protect them from damage during storage.


While you’re transitioning your wardrobe, use the opportunity to sort through your clothes and get rid of items that no longer fit, suit your lifestyle, or are worn beyond repair.


2.     Kitchen Pantry


Do you plan on hosting any barbeques or outdoor events this summer? Perhaps you just want to ensure your kids have healthy snacks while they’re home. Either way, you’ll want to be prepared with a well-stocked, well-organized pantry. Summer is a great time to refresh your pantry and discard expired items. If you are planning any summer events, it’s also a great time to take stock and make a list of ingredients or products that you’ll need to purchase.

Women sitting on a stool and holding a drawer divider as she organizes a kitchen pantry.

Pro tip: If you have any open products, make sure they are tightly sealed and protected against the more humid, buggy months. Invest in some quality food clips or containers to ensure your food remains untouched by unwanted moisture or pests.


3.     Travel Documents


Planning a trip this summer? Whether it’s a weekend getaway or a longer vacation, summer is a great time to get some much-needed R&R, and to make sure your travel documents are in order! Make sure everything is up to date to avoid any hiccups down the road, and organize travel documents, such as passports, tickets, and reservations, in a dedicated folder.


4.     Garage & Patio


Summer is all about outdoor living, so take some time to clean and organize your patio, deck, or garden. Power wash outdoor furniture, clean the grill, and tidy up garden tools. If you have sports gear, pool toys, or gardening tools, make sure they are easy to access. Use storage bins, hooks, and shelves to keep everything organized and in its place. This will save you time and hassle when you’re ready to head outside.

A clutter garage, before being organized, with stacks of paper and other items strewn about
A garage space after being organized, with items stored into categorized and labeled bins.

By taking the time to organize now, you’ll set yourself up for a summer filled with relaxation and fun. A well-organized home can make all the difference in enjoying the season to its fullest. Happy summer organizing!

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