It’s spring, the weather is changing, the warm air is on its way (unless you live here in Michigan), and nothing’s been organized over the winter. Sound familiar? It most definitely does to me. The good thing is that it’s the time of the year to do it, the bad thing is that you actually have to so it. It’s a lot of work, but it’s not hard if you have a plan.
First, you want to sit down with pen and paper and write down each room, and each part of that room that needs to be cleaned. For example, in your kitchen, you should go through the cabinets, and clean out the fridge, clean the stove, wipe down cabinets as you clean them, etc. The list could go on and on depending on how large, or how cluttered, your kitchen is. Do this for each room so that you know exactly what needs to be done.
Before beginning the big cleaning spree, get some bags or boxes together. One will be for garbage since you’ll probably find more than can fit in your garbage. One will be for things you don’t need or want anymore that you want to donate or sell. And the last one will be for things that need to go to a different room of the house, you know, those random little things that seem to misplace them self all the time.
Now it’s time to pick a room to get started cleaning. As you go through your house and belongings, keep a few things in mind. They’ll go a long way in helping you reduce the clutter:
- If you haven’t used it, seen it or needed it in six months, do you really need to keep it? Toss it.
- Is it something that someone gave you that you just don’t want to get rid of for fear they will find out? Get rid of it. You will feel much better with less clutter.
- If you have children and need to go through their rooms unless they are a teen, I suggest doing this when they are not home, or you will have one pissed off kid on your hands. They always want to keep everything, it’s all needed and none of it can be removed or the biggest tantrum you have ever seen will hit your house. And your child isn’t the only one, it’s just about all children that have a difficult time letting go of things. If it’s something they haven’t used, worn or needed in a long time, out it goes. They probably won’t even notice as long as they aren’t home.
Phew! I know this seems like a HUGE undertaking, but it’ll be OK, I promise. Just don’t try to do it all in one day. Pick a room or larger task each day over the course of a couple of weeks to finish everything, this way you won’t stress yourself (or your family) out. Keep plugging along and you’ll be on your way to a cleaner home in no time.