House cleaning. Let’s face it. It’s a necessary evil if you want your home to be liveable and pleasant to be in. You want to be able to have guests and that may not be possible if your house is always a mess. When it comes to cleaning, you don’t have to deep clean every day. You can start little and see big results in no time.
One of the easiest ways to start small and get something accomplished is to work while you’re watching television. Commercials take two to five minutes every fifteen minutes of a television show. Why not take that time and go through stacks of mail, fold a load of laundry, clean out a desk drawer, or wash a few dishes. If you do this during each commercial break, you can see big results in just one evening of watching your favorite television shows.
Instead of letting things go, do things as you see that they need to be done. Don’t wait until tomorrow if it’s something that can be done in a short period of time. For instance, if you’ve had a glass of water or something else to drink while watching TV, don’t leave the glass in the living room or den. Take it into the kitchen when you go through or before you go to bed for the night.
Teach everyone in your house to put things back when they’re finished with them. If everyone would do this one thing, the amount of clutter you have in your home could be greatly reduced. It would also help if everyone put their clothes in the hamper after bathing or showering rather than leaving the wet towels and clothing in the floor of the bathroom.
Set aside blocks of fifteen to thirty minutes each day. Focus on doing one thing at a time. Write specific tasks you would like to complete on your calendar. Here’s an idea of what this would look like:
* Monday – Clean out one desk drawer. Throw away any pens that don’t work, straighten it up, and put things by type.
* Tuesday – Find and file all bills that need to be paid in a particular folder so they’ll be easy to find.
* Wednesday – Clean out one dresser drawer. Purge any socks that are mismatched, ensure everything is in good repair before folding and replacing, and get rid of anything you haven’t used in six months to a year.
* Thursday – Empty one refrigerator shelf or drawer, wash it, and then throw out anything that has expired. Make a list of items you need to replace.
* Friday – Tackle the pile of shoes in a clothes closet. If shoes no longer fit and aren’t worn, put them in a bag or box, and take them to a local charity.
* Weekend – Take time to work together as a family to tackle one large clutter problem. Remember that many hands make light work
De-cluttering your home may seem like a daunting task, especially if you’ve let clutter rule for too long. You can start small, see big results, and then conquer clutter once and for all if you work a little at a time. Celebrate your victories when you have one project done and then start on another until your home is the way you envisioned it.
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