Now with the new year fully rolling it’s time to get a handle on things, don’t you think? I was sitting here just thinking how I function so much better when my house is clean. I do not know about you, but every once in awhile the mood to deep clean sets in; and I feel like nothing in my life is going right until I get my house in order.
There are things you can do so that life does not pile up and you can keep everything smooth sailing.
1) When the mood strikes to clean stick the rule of 5. In every room get rid of 5 items. Throw away old magazines, remove items that do not belong in that room, or get rid of something that you haven’t used in ages.
2) File as you go. Get a bill in the mail, then file it immediately. Do not let bills and other important documents pile up on your table. Go ahead and put them in their proper place when you get them.
3) When cleaning your bedroom, always make the bed first. It will look like a huge improvement and act as a shelf as you tidy up.
4) Go through your closet at least 4 times a year to get rid of clothes you no longer wear. You can create a donation box in the basement or garage, but by cleaning it out multiple times a year you will keep the closet looking neater and be doing a good thing.
5) Fold your bed sheets together and then place them in a matching pillowcase. Your sheet sets will be together and your linen closet will look so much nicer. That way when your parents are visiting and need a towel you won’t be embarrassed.
6) Open your mail next to the trash can. That way any unwanted pieces go straight to the trash and not onto your countertops.
7) Use plastic boxes, cubes, and other gathering places to organize. Sure you may need all of those office supplies, but after awhile they start looking bad on top of your desk. Use a coordinating canvas cube to gather all of your items then slide onto a bookshelf.
8) Do one small task a day so that it does not get overwhelming. Sweep the kitchen floor one day a week, vacuum another, straighten up yet another day. By dividing tasks to separate days you can conquer a lot easier.
9) Keep a jar on top of the dresser and where you place your keys to collect loose change. If you are prone to carrying change in your pockets then having a collection spot where you come and where you get dressed helps from loose changing being all over the place.
10) upgrade to a universal remote. You may have a remote for the TV, the DVD player, the surround sound, and even your cable box. That’s a lot of remotes so get rid of the clutter by upgrading to one do-it-all remote.
11) Clean out the medicine cabinet. You may have duplicate boxes of the same, exact medicine or you may expired meds that need to be tossed.
12) Clean out the fridge once a week. Trash old leftovers or the food that no one is planning on eating. Check expiration dates and toss the ones that have gone bad.
13) Be honest about those craft projects. Have any unfinished projects laying around? Well it’s time to be honest with yourself – are you ever going to get them done? If the answer is no, toss and if the answer is yes, set a specific completion date.
14) When your donate box is full, take it to the car. That way it is out of the house and easier for you to drop off.
15) Do the dishes each night. Nothing feels better than coming into a clean kitchen each morning.
16) Set the timer for 10 minutes every other day to walk through the house to find items that are in the wrong place, no longer wanted, or old and needs to be trashed.
17) Take the trash out the moment the can is full and on your way grab the trash for bathrooms and bedrooms.
18) Wipe down the bathroom counter after brushing your teeth before bed.
19) Concentrate on one area at a time. It’s easy to get side tracked by a different room, especially when you are putting things away. Stay on the task at hand and finish one specific area.
20) Remember what is important. Don’t toss items that hold a special place in your heart. Just make sure that you find a special place for them.