I love being organized, and I love to de-clutter, which is why I feel the need to do these two tasks quite often throughout the year.
I honestly believe that organizing and de-cluttering is not just about cleaning, it is a time to freshen up our lives and reorganize our world. This is why starting off a new year with a goal to “de-clutter” is very important.
De-cluttering helps us move forward and not get stuck in the past. It helps us say “good-bye” to bad relationships, bad ideas, and anything else that has a tendency to hold us back from moving on to a new beginning and achieving new goals. De-cluttering helps us free up space in our homes and in our lives by removing those unwanted or “never worn” items from our closets. It allows us to feel good about ourselves by donating unused and unwanted items to local charities. This way, we have more room to buy new things to fill up our closets with!
Greasy fingerprint marks seem to appear like magic on the kitchen cabinets. Fortunately, its easy to remove them. For painted wood, metal, laminated-plastic, and wood-grain-vinyl surfaces, use a solution of dishwasher liquid and warm water. You can also use an all-purpose cleaner, but read the label carefully and test it first on the inside of a door or another inconspicuous spot to make sure it doesn’t cause colors to fade or run. Rinse with a second cloth dipped in warm water, and dry with a third cloth.
If there’s a heavy buildup of grease and grime, use a commercial cleaner designed especially for wood. Be sure to read labels carefully and observe all cautions since some cleaners are flammable. Apply a no-buff liquid-solvent polish from time to time to restore shine.
Who among us has the time or energy for housework?
Sure, we often make the time, if we don’t like living in a pig sty. But too often our homes fall into disorder, just because we are too tired or too busy to do a bunch of cleaning in our spare time.
Instead, make housework simple. Simplify your housework with two easy cleaning systems:
Clean As You Go
To me Bathroom is an example of clean as you go:
This is clean-as-you-go for the bathroom: just a quick clean of the toilet, or sink, or tub, every couple of days. It only takes a few minutes, if things aren’t too dirty. I like to do a quick clean before I get in the shower, so I get clean after I dirty myself from cleaning.
But this concept can be applied to the rest of the house too:
While clean-as-you-go keeps your house fairly clean throughout the week, you’ll still need to do some general cleaning, preferably once a week. But you don’t have a lot of time.
I recommend that you do 30 minutes of cleaning, once a week. We use Saturdays, but you can do it whenever you have the time. For us, the entire family helps out, but if you don’t have a large family, you can just do what you can in 30 minutes.
Here’s what a family can tackle in 30 minutes:
If you don’t get all of this done in 30 minutes, don’t worry about it — you can always get it next weekend. But your house should be fairly clean.
Every 2-3 months, you should do a deeper clean — clean out the refrigerator, the oven, the cabinets, closets.
How to develop the habit
Don’t expect to be perfect at clean-as-you-go right away. It’s a new habit, and you’ll have a hard time with it at first.
Instead, try one thing at a time, for about a week or two at a time. I would recommend you follow the advice of one of my inspirations, Fly Lady, who says to start with the kitchen sink: just try to keep it clean and shiny. From there, work on the kitchen counters. Then the kitchen table. You might move to the bathroom sink next. And so on.
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