By the time April hits, Spring cleaning is inevitably on everyone’s minds. Some may have it as a passing thought that is quickly forgotten, but I am starting a Spring cleaning series for those who are serious about doing a Spring cleaning. This series will focus on the bedroom, the bathroom, the living room, the dining room, and the kitchen. We’ll go through the process of cleaning out the stuff you don’t need and how to organize the stuff you are keeping
Her Life Is Love is always a discussion-friendly zone and would love to have your input on what ideas you’ve tried, what worked, and questions you may have. Feel free to leave comments and I will do my best to get back to you. Don’t be overwhelmed by the idea of cleaning the whole house. We’re going to take one room at a time!
5 Simple Rules for a Clean Home
- Every object must have a designated home – When every object in your home has a home of its own, you can find what you need easily and know where to return it after each use. This is important because it helps keep you from creating clutter by developing a good habit of putting things back.
- Keep only what you have room for – This is key to keeping your home manageable. If you only keep the items you have space for, you won’t end up hoarding objects. Once you manage to find the right balance, you need to donate or toss something whenever you buy or receive another. I find that having this mindset also helps keep your wallet in check. You’ll ask yourself if you really need something and if the answer is yes, do you have something you can rid yourself of in order to take the new object in?
- Use what you have to display stuff – Try not to purchase storage and organization products. These encourage shoving stuff into bins and forgetting about them. I use the lids and bottoms of pretty shoe boxes to help contain and display my stuff. Also, avoid stacking objects. You will forget what is at the bottom and it will fall out of use. Worse, you’ll purchase a product, add to your possessions, and then find you have two of the same thing. At one time, I had three regular scissors and two kitchen scissors. Instead, try to display everything you own as if it’s a display case at a department store (lay things out). For example, your drawer of lingerie can have your bras ordered by gradation of color. If your a dude, do this with your rolled up neckties. This is an automatic mood booster whenever you need to go through your stuff to find something.
- All counters should be clear of stuff – I confess that this is tricky for me. If I don’t put things back to their home after use, clutter starts to pile up on counters, tables, and dresser tops. This is a big no. When counters are clear, it is that much easier to clean house because it’s a lot faster to wipe down counter tops when there’s fewer objects to remove.
- Keep up with cleaning a little bit everyday – Dust settles everyday. Women…our hair collects noticeably on floors everyday. If you tackle cleaning the floor and dusting a new room each day, your overall home will always be clean.
If you can master each of these rules, you WILL have a clean home that you can handle…toddlers and all. In fact, my toddler has picked up my habit of putting things back where they belong. Continue to keep these rules in mind as we focus on each room individually in the upcoming posts for this series. Please join our newsletter to keep up with this series and follow me on social media.
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