We have officially wrapped up our first week in the new year! What better way to start off than getting organized and feeling good about the space you are in? Take a day or a weekend to follow these steps. 2020 had us in disarray, but we are taking control in 2021!
Step one: clearing out the clutter.
Go room by room and seek out anything that doesn’t belong. A great suggestion to complete this is to have a container or box in the doorway of each room. Every time you find something elsewhere that belongs in that room, place it in the container or box. Once filled up, place the items that belong in the room it sits in where they are intended to go. If you have kids, you can make a game out of this!
Step two: take care of the fans and mirrors.
Working from the top to the bottom is the best way to clear out dirt. Dust off the fans by using garbage bags to surround the blades to contain the dust. Then you can use those garbage bags for the rest of your cleaning adventures! Clean your mirrors for a brilliant shine. Have you tried rubbing in shaving cream into your bathroom mirrors to keep them from fogging?
Step three: dusting and disinfecting surfaces.
Remember to turn any fans off while you are dusting. Make sure to clean the tops and sides of furniture pieces as well. Go back through and disinfect your hard surfaces to make sure germs are taken care of. Don’t forget about commonly held items such remotes and telephones! Make sure to use cleaners as directed as some types have waiting times to fully work (sink, toilet, bathtub/shower, etc). Usually, it’s a good step to wash your bedding after dusting and disinfecting as well.
Step four: taking care of the floors.
If you have hard surface floors, it’s a good idea to sweep and then mop. If you do mop, make sure to give it time to dry before walking back and forth on the surfaces. Vacuuming doesn’t have to be super in depth, just make sure you hit all the areas that you are targeting at least once over.
Step five: sustain the clean and organized space by creating a schedule.
Not every “chore” needs to be completed every day or every week. Some suggest to clean the fans and mirrors monthly while dusting should be done on a more frequent basis than that. The most important thing to remember is to create a schedule that you can follow. Post it in a common area for the whole family to be able to see and take charge of their own parts.
Personally, keeping my space clean is a great start to keep me motivated and focused on my writing this year. Share your favorite cleaning and organizing tips in the comments!