10 House Cleaning Tips to Cut Your Clutter
Today we’ll be talking about Physical Clutter. Just think of this clutter as anything you can purchase. Whether it’s your kitchen tools, house cleaning supplies, clothing, beds, garage items, toys, this is what makes up physical clutter. Don’t worry, no one is free and clear of this type of clutter. However, it is manageable. There is a way to manage the clutter in your home and be able to enjoy having a clean and tidy house.
Before you read through this page and feel incredibly overwhelmed, take a minute and think about your household. Then rate your household on the scale below.
It’s time to be completely honest and answer the following questions. Feel free to grab a pen and paper to jot down your notes. Remember to be completely honest here folks, because we’re not keeping track.
(complete order) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (complete chaos)
Let’s Face it, We all have physical clutter! Just take a look at any closet in your house and you’ll know exactly what I mean. How do we accumulate so much junk? Why are we holding onto so many items in our home? There are several rooms in your home. These rooms are filled with items that are collecting dust, wearing down over time, being used, not being used. It’s up to you to determine which items you hold onto and which items you can clean out. When it comes to cleaning up, the first thing to do is Identify the Essential. What is necessary? What items are taking up space? What have I used in the past year? What can I do without?
*Simplifying isn’t meant to leave your life empty- it’s meant to leave space in your life for what you really want to do.
START SMALL with these Cleaning Tips!!
10 Small things that make a BIG difference when it comes to keeping your house clean:
1. Start with just one drawer instead of trying to de-clutter your entire home or office. Ever feel overwhelmed with trying to clean your house in one day? Well, don’t try to de-clutter everything in one day! Take it slow and simple, you’ll make progress without driving yourself and others crazy. And you’ll feel very accomplished when you complete cleaning out that one cabinet or shelf that’s been dirty and sticky forever!
2. Follow a morning routine – MAINTENANCE! It is work, but a morning routine will really help to keep your home looking and feeling in order. Morning time can be a busy time. Give yourself an extra 15 minutes in the morning to make your bed, put items away off the counter and clean up laundry off the floor and toss into a basket. Everyone in the home can follow your lead. You may feel like the General, but it’s up to you to maintain your home and your sanity.
3. Job Chart: Everyone in the home needs a job! Even if the 2 year old is simply putting away a toy or throwing away 2 pieces of trash. Everyone needs to participate to make your home neat and tidy. Monthly job charts are a great way to get everyone on board. And, you only have to switch jobs on a monthly basis, which cuts down on time for you. Sally rinses dishes every night. Jacob loads and starts the dishwasher. Sophie sweeps the floor. Aiden lines up the shoes. Everyone cleans their room. Mission accomplished in 15 minutes, all before downtime or fun begins!
4. De-clutter your house for 15 minutes a day. Darn it, we are busy these days. So many things demand our attention, let alone keeping our house clean. If you’re determined to de-clutter, put it on your “to do” list. 15 minute a day will make a huge difference for those times when you’re busy and need to find things quickly.
5. Filing System: We could spend a whole week on this topic. Whether you use a filing cabinet, keep everything online or a simple tote to store files in, do what works for you.
6. Place for Little Items: Batteries, tacks, rubberbands, etc.
7. Shelves & Hooks. Need I say more. Everyone in the home needs a hook. These are great for backpacks, purses, keychains. I definitely recommend the hook thing.
8. Baskets for Everyone! Everyone in the home can have a basket. It can be a simple laundry basket or a nicer basket with a name on it. Depending on how much you want to spend, this trick can pick up the pieces in a messy home, literally. Throughout the day or week, items left out can be easily placed in the proper basket. At the end of the day or week, the person responsible puts everything away. Problem solved.
9. Invite Company Over. You’ll get your house in order in no time… I promise. Plan to give a tour and this will motivate you for sure.
10.Too much stuff in your house: Limit yourself to 200 items or 10 items per room, etc.
House Cleaning Tips by VeraClean