Jeff Flowers on November 11, 2017 0 Comments When you find yourself stuck inside on a rainy day, what do you usually do? Maybe you put on an extra-large pot of coffee and devour a book on the couch, or maybe you’re more of a Netflix-in-bed person. Or, maybe you simply think to yourself: Nap time! While all these activities are wholly enjoyable, why not put your rainy-day fever to use by tackling an organization project or two? This is a fantastic time to (finally) clean out your fridge, declutter your closet, or put together bags of items to be donated. You can still be productive when stuck indoors! Here are our favorite picks for the best home organization projects to do when rainy weather strikes. 1) Organize Your Closet If you have clothing in your closet that you haven’t worn in years, it’s time to get rid of it! Take some time to peruse through all your clothes, and donate anything that you don’t wear anymore. There’s nothing like a good wardrobe cleanse to get you feeling organized and ready to conquer anything. Then, once you’ve purged your closet of everything you never wear anymore, why not go one step further and color code your wardrobe? This is the perfect way to create a streamlined, super-organized closet — and it’s the easiest way to quickly sort through your clothes and pick what to wear. Also, get rid of your shoes! Seriously, most of us have about 50 more pairs of shoes than we need or could ever wear. Now’s the time to go through that pile of shoes, and put all the pairs you don’t want (or no longer wear) into a trash bag that you can then donate along with all the clothes you just purged And, if you absolutely can’t part with any of your shoes, it’s crucial that you get organized. One of the best ways to tame your footwear chaos is by investing in a shoe rack or hanging shoe bag. Taking the time to both get rid of, and organize, your shoes is always worth it — and your organized closet will thank you! 2) Tackle the Junk Drawer(s) We all have at least one, if not several, junk drawers in our homes. You know, the place where you store everything that you said you’d eventually deal with… but, never got around to doing. Rainy days present the perfect opportunity to clean out that junk drawer, once and for all. Stop avoiding it and tackle it head on. Start by removing the drawer – take inventory of the contents and throw away anything you no longer need. Then sort everything else into orderly piles (and file anything that needs to be filed!). Add an attractive liner to the inside of your drawer and, if possible, use a divider or containers to keep everything neat and orderly. Then, once you’ve done all the hard work, the next step is to stay organized! Make it a habit to toss out junk before it even has the chance to accumulate. 3) Clean Out the Fridge Ah, there’s nothing better than a clean and organized fridge! If you find yourself indoors on a rainy day, cleaning out your refrigerator is a must-do. We know it’s not the most fun activity there is, but the reward of a clean fridge is totally worth it. Start by unplugging your fridge, especially if you really need to scrub the inside and the shelving isn’t removable. Then, empty everything out and toss any items that have gone bad. Group together like-items (such as dairy, produce, meat, etc.) so that you can put them away accordingly. But first – it’s time to get that scrub brush and go to town! Remove all the shelving that you can and wash them in soapy water, then spray every inch of the inside of your fridge with multipurpose cleaner. Scrub and wipe down the walls, seams, and shelves – and don’t forget to wipe down all your condiments. No seriously, look at how sticky they are. Put everything back into the fridge, taking care to keep all the like-items grouped together. Then, wipe down the exterior of your fridge with the best cleaner for its surface, et voila, you’ve got a well-organized fridge on your hands! For simple upkeep, wipe down the inside and outside of your fridge on a daily basis, when you’re in the kitchen – either while you’re cooking, waiting for your cup of coffee to brew or as you’re cleaning up. It’s simple upkeep, if you give it just a few minutes. 4) De-Clutter the Pantry Decluttering your pantry is definitely a great rainy-day activity (if only because you may never be this bored again). The whole process shouldn’t take longer than a couple hours, max, and when you’re done, you’ll be rewarded with a pantry that doesn’t contain five half-eaten bags of almonds and cans of soup from 1992! And, if you’ve found yourself rooting around in your pantry lately, unable to locate what you’re looking for, then it’s really time to get this space organized. Pull everything out and sort it Start by pulling everything out of the depths of your pantry. This is the only way to ensure that you get rid of old products and also thoroughly clean everything within. Sort all our items on what you plan on keeping, and then toss all the long-expired items or ingredients that you never use. Yes, it’s finally time to say goodbye to that fancy-pants oyster sauce that’s been sitting in the back of your pantry for years! Clean all the shelves and surfaces Take time to thoroughly clean the shelving before putting all your items back in. Imagine all the dust that has gathered over the years. This is also a great opportunity to clean-up any crumbs that may attract ants, roaches or other pests. Group similar items to keep organized Before you put all the stuff back into your pantry, it’s always a great idea to assign categories to your shelves (pasta, sauces, oils, beans, etc.) and keep everything together. Add labels to your shelving to help you stay organized. This makes it way easier to actually find the items that you’re looking for. Haul off any unused items to a soup kitchen or local food bank, and you’re done! What are some of your preferred home organization projects to tackle when you’re stuck inside on a rainy day? Let us know in the comments down below!