Spring has officially sprung! You know what that means, right? It’s time to organize all areas of your home. From your bathroom to your laundry room, get ready to pull out your cleaning supplies, order your new storage bins, and get to work. Feeling a little overwhelmed by the prospect at hand? Allow us to help you out! In this post, we’ll give you all the best spring organizing tips to make sure that all goes magnificently.
Spring blossoms in this aesthetically pleasing, light and bright bedroom with our King Silver wood look porcelain floor tiles.
Organizing Your Entryway
“First impressions matter” is an age-old saying for a reason–it’s true! When people enter your home, they are instantly greeted with this area. It is an extension of your personality and immediately noticed. That’s why, when it comes time to do some spring organizing, making sure that you tackle your entryway should be at the top of your list.
Unsurprisingly, entryways often become a magnet for clutter. Think about it: What do you and your family do when coming inside after a long day? Likely toss off your shoes, throw your coat on a coat rack, and hurry to the kitchen to grab a snack.
Multifunctional entryways are becoming seemingly more popular. Take a cue from this eclectic modern farmhouse mudroom: It turns the space into an area that is both pet-and-kid friendly! We’re also loving the geometric wall tiles using our Teardrops Wooden Beige & Athens Grey Marble Mosaic Tile Waterjet and funky runner rug to give a personal aesthetic that works for the homeowner.
That’s why this room is on the top of our list today. After all, it is the first area in your home, and definitely the one that needs the most attention. So, how exactly do you make sure that it stays neat and organized?
We have a few tips to ensure that this happens!
Place a runner rug or doormat on your floor. This will help to minimize the tracking of rain, mud, and whatever else from the outdoors inside. It makes it easier to rub off the dirt and grime and then place your rain boots or shoes along the wall or in a cubby by the front door without the nightmare of puddles! (Which, by the way, are never great for wood floors or mudroom tile floors.)
You should also consider making your entryway multifunctional. This is a great way to amplify the organization and really impact your design with personality. The best part? It doesn’t require a full-home renovation. You can simply turn the mudroom into a pet room by adding a food and water dish with your dog (or cat!) leashes hung up on a few stylish hooks.
One of the best things about an entryway is the opportunity for customization. If you find you have a larger entry area, turn it into a storage-worthy mudroom. Strategically create a built-in bench and storage unit to keep all the items you usually throw on the floor safely in a hidden spot. Plus, with an accent wall tile and matching floor tile, like our 5” Carrara Hexagon Marble Peel and Stick Tile (wall) with our 10 Inch White Carrara Hexagon Honed Marble Tile (floor), as seen in the space above, you can really make a first impression that lasts!
Second, entryway benches are definitely a game changer. If you don’t have one, this is the time of year when you should consider carving out a budget to purchase one. These benches make it way easier to stay organized when taking off your shoes. In addition to having the bench itself, placing some baskets underneath works wonders! You can store all the shoes in one space – and with little effort, your home will be super neat and inviting.
If you have wood look floor tiles in your entryway, be sure that you dedicate time to give them the TLC that they need to maintain natural beauty. With spring comes rain and mud, which never bodes well for lighter tones. Be sure to scrub neutral tiles and patch up the dirty grout where needed. Try our Geo Square Wooden Beige Marble Mosaic Tile is chic and stylish for entryway floors!
The last thing to make sure you do when it’s time to organize and clean for the spring is to give your entryway a really great scrubbing. If you have porcelain floor tiles or wood look floor tiles, be sure that you dedicate time to thoroughly mop and dry your floors. While porcelain tiles are excellent at being low maintenance and scratch resistant, that doesn’t mean they don’t need a full area clean once and awhile. Annual cleaning is best to maintain and protect your entryway floors.
Organizing Your Kitchen & Pantry
Let’s be honest: No one’s kitchen is as picture perfect as the ones that are shown in magazines. It’s just the honest truth. Plus, it is the room that receives the most traffic in the house. It’s the place where you and your family/friends gather for meals, where you spend time cooking, and where you pour yourself a nice glass of wine at the end of a week. So, while it may not always be the prettiest on a daily basis, it definitely should be deep cleaned and sparkling after you spring clean.
This kitchen maximizes every single inch available for storage. We love the way our Cream Penny Recycled Glass Mosaic Tile backsplash complements the gray tones in the pantry area with stylish precision.
When was the last time you took stock of your pantry? No, we don’t mean the last time you perused it, and grabbed a light, late night snack. We’re talking about reviewing the expiration dates, throwing things out, and well, making things easy to access. Likely last year! That’s why when it comes to organizing your kitchen pantry this spring, we want to prepare you with some golden rules to keep things under control.
Remember that wire baskets are your friends. They make everything look better, and provide an easy way to grab what you need when you need it. Try to organize these baskets by food type: onions in one, citrus fruits in another, and so on. This will help you and your family stay sane and organized all season long.
A modern kitchen design that’s a testament to how to keep an organized home with minimalist appeal. While there are warmer tones, looking at that gorgeous butcher block countertop and wine fridge, it is otherwise mainly white. Our Ice Cold Penny Round White Glass Bianco Carrara Tiles gives the space a much-deserved aesthetic impact that adds character, while the single basket storage and organized containers are the cherry on top of this spring-approved sundae.
If you have a beautiful, open kitchen floor plan, then you know just how easy it is over the course of a week (or days) to go from contemporary minimalist to hot mess. Kitchen cabinets, when not tended to, can become chaotic and disorganized. This, in turn, makes your space less futuristic and minimalist-approved than it really should be. The best way to manage this? Editing your kitchen cabinets just like you would your clothing closet!
You can store your bulk goods in transparent containers to rid of unnecessary packages that attract clutter. Next, you can make sure to curate the shelves by food type so it’s easier to take stock of what you need as you cook. Finally, house your cookware in similar areas to create a flow and stack them in order of big to small so they lay evenly.
Another organizational tip for your kitchen this spring: Use floating shelves! They are a great way to add an aesthetic yet functional touch to your kitchen design. Take a hint from this transitional home and pair light wood floating shelves against a sparkly shell tile backsplash like with our Pure White Mother of Pearl Hexagon Mosaic Tile. Instantly you get a gorgeous design that stands out and perfectly plays on light in the spring.
Love it or hate it, the bathroom is one area that can’t go without a good scrubbing. Yes, we know, it is something that should be on your weekly to-do list, but if you’re like the rest of us, you might not actually dedicate enough time to deep cleaning. Let that change when you’re organizing and cleaning your home for spring.
Our Thassos and Azul Cielo Double Hexagon Marble Mosaic Tile complements the blue linens in this fresh, deep cleaned spring bathroom! We love the way the space uses exposed shelving on the lower level of the vanity with large round mirrors to create a sense of openness.
Two key areas that shouldn’t go unnoticed are your floor and wall tiles (yes, including shower tiles!). These areas accumulate a lot of grime and in time, takes away from the natural beauty of both the tile as well as grout lines.
To make sure you return them back to a lustrous state, here’s a quick how-to on cleaning bathroom tile properly.
Spray the grout with hot water and mild soap. Then scrub meticulously with a stiff bristle brush or a grout brush, to lift any dirt or grime on the surface. Patience is key here, grout lines require precision.
Like grout, you’ll just need warm water and some gentle soap. Spray the solution of water and dish soap, then wipe with a damp microfiber towel or cloth.
For more on cleaning tile and grout lines, we outline all there is to know in our blog post on The Easiest Way to Clean Grout.
When it comes to organization done right in spring time, this neutral bathroom hits all the stops! Using an array of glass containers and baskets of various sizes, it really creates an exceptionally curated clean. We love the use of our Ionic Herringbone Sand Porcelain Mosaic Tile on the backsplash which gives the room a shimmering essence that stuns.
Next up, turn your focus on the toilet. We know, not the most glamorous of areas to clean. Yet, it’s important for both hygiene and aesthetics! Turn the water off using the knob at the back of the toilet.. Flush, then sprinkle baking soda in the bowl. Scrub the bowl, including under the rim. Want to spruce things up even more? Add a toilet bowl freshener that will clean every flush!
The last thing to do is get organized. Open up all your vanity bathroom drawers and cabinets. You’ll want to do a similar refresh that you did with your kitchen pantry. Read all cosmetic and hair product labels to see what’s expired (yes, they do expire!) and throw out anything no longer sanitary. The next thing you should do is organize your drawers. Grab some drawer organizers and find ways to store items according to use. For example, hair ties and brushes in one area, and dental hygiene items in another. This will make your morning and evening routines so much quicker! Not to mention, it’ll make you feel put together.
Finally, we reach the laundry room! While this room, like the kitchen, has a penchant for smelling great most of the time, when it’s not cleaned properly, chaos ensues. That’s why it is so important to make sure that you don’t skip this room during your spring organization marathon. Trust us, you’ll be thankful after.
Country chic, and superbly organized, this laundry room is a great display of making the most of storage options. There’s a small closet space for hanging up ‘air dry only’ garments, while clean towels find a home in a cozy nook below a countertop spacious enough for folding all of the clothes. We love the playful touch of our Triangular Hexagon in Bianco Dolomiti Leyte Blue and Thassos Marble Mosaic Tile gives the space, too.
Like most other rooms listed, laundry rooms and storage bins or baskets fit together naturally. Whether you place these containers on the counter in a modern farmhouse chic manner, or use under-the-counter storage bins, there’s truly no wrong way to do it. The end result is always the same: beautiful structure. This is exactly what you want to do in a space where you need to sift and sort through darks and lights, bleaches or detergents. Keeping things in the right place ensures a seamless process.
Making a multipurpose statement, this laundry room-meets-mudroom-meets-pet-area by Stacy Zarin Goldberg is a great example of streamlining a space. The use of floating shelves to store pet food and treats ensures that the space stays well kept. The doggy bed sits comfortably underneath the folding counter with a biophilic touch and fun wallpaper surrounding it. Spring goals!
Now that you know all the ways to improve your home this spring, it’s time to let you go and get your clean on! Remember, it doesn’t have to be speedy, break it up and dedicate one day to one room. In the end, the turtle always wins, or in this case the spring chicken! Be sure to sign up and save on all tiles online here at Tile Club!