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If you are really looking to get your house or a space really cleaned up, you should be following the Declutter, Deep Clean, Organize Method. More than just tidying up your space, or running a vacuum through your house, this method will ensure that you have your home looking great. On top of that, you’ll feel great. There is nothing better than the feeling of having a truly cleaned and organized space. If you are looking to do some spring cleaning, or perhaps you are nesting and looking to prepare your home for a new baby, follow the Declutter, Deep Clean, Organize Method to get the job done.
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The first step to getting your home or space really, truly clean is to declutter. It’s amazing how quickly a house fills up with things. I sometimes look around and think “how did we acquire all this junk?” I cannot stand to have stacks of papers, clutter on shelves and overflowing drawers and closets. My husband has the philosophy “out of sight out of mind”, which poses a problem when you open up some of our drawers. I on the other hand, am cursed with the idea that every drawer, cabinet and closet needs to be perfect. It’s an unrealistic expectation in a house with three children but I declutter as often as possible which helps contain the chaos.
Purge Purge Purge!
When you are decluttering a space, you truly need to get rid of things. This does not mean move things to another room or space in your house. You need to get these things out of your house. It can be hard to let things go. When deciding what to let go, ask yourself these questions:
- Does this item have sentimental value?
- Does this item still serve a purpose?
- Have I used this item in the last month?
- Do I truly need this item?
- Is this item broken?
Be proactive about reducing clutter in your home by reducing your spending! Put a limit on your spending to stop the amount of unnecessary items coming into your home.
What Do I Do With The Items I Don't Need?
Donate Items: Sometimes it can be hard to let go of items in your home, but knowing that they might serve another person is a great motivator to let things go. Make it a monthly habit to make a donation to your favorite charity. One thing we do, is keep a box in the bottom of our closet and all month long we throw things in there. Things like, shoes that no longer fit, clothing that we’ve outgrown or dishes we no longer use. Then, at then end of the month, the box gets donated. It’s a great habit to be in in order to keep things from piling up.
Sell items: Now it is way easier to get rid of items knowing that you are making some money out of it. With sites like Facebook Marketplace and neighborhood social media sites, it is easier now more than ever to get rid of unwanted items. You can also host a garage sale once a year to off load some of your things. Be careful though, keeping items because you intend to or are trying to sell them can quickly clutter up your space. Give yourself a timeline to sell the items and if they don’t sell, get rid of them.
Trash/recycle items: Don’t be afraid to throw away or recycle items. There is no use hanging onto broken items or things that are missing parts. Old tupperware missing lids, board games that don’t have all the pieces, receipts, magazines, expired food, old bathroom products… the list goes on and on. Don’t give up useful space to items in your house that literally don’t have a use. I make it a part of my yearly spring cleaning process to get rid of these types of items.
Deep Clean Next
The second step in the Declutter, Deep Clean, Organize Method is super important. Once you’ve gotten rid of the clutter in your space it is time to clean, and I mean really clean. Move furniture, clean inside drawers and behind desks, windows etc. Clean those things that are not in your normal weekly cleaning routine. Don’t forget to clean:
- Window Coverings
- Area Rugs
- Inside of drawers and cabinets
Make sure that you have the right supplies. I like to keep everything in one location, like a cleaning bucket or caddy that has all of my supplies. Then, I make quick work, traveling through each space with my bucket cleaning everything in sight.
Organizing a space just speaks to my soul. It is one of those things that instantly makes a room feel better. When everything has a place it is easier to keep the space clean and tidy. An organized room has a higher chance at remaining tidy. Get yourself some baskets and storage containers and make sure everything has its place. If my baskets aren’t going to be in plain view I like to go to the dollar store to get items to organize my closets. They are cheap and do a pretty good job. I also have a label maker that I love! When things are labeled, it’s easier to keep things where they belong. It’s like creating an organization rule that everyone in the house must follow. You’re letting your husband or kids know, “nope, this bin is for animal figurines only”. It’s amazing how a simple label really does make a difference in keeping things organized.
Don't be Afraid to Hire a Professional
Remember, an organized home is easier to keep up with on a weekly basis. Spend some time and money setting up your space to be utilized in the most productive and effective way. Easy Closets is a great resource that will help set up organizing systems in your home. And oh how beautiful they are. Through this link you will receive a dicount.
Getting your house decluttered, deep cleaned and organized is one of the best feelings in the world. Don’t try to do it all at once. Take it once space at a time, and one day at a time. In the end, you will be so glad that you did. Be sure to join my email list to get exclusive tips and free printables to help you stay up on having a clean and organized home. Apply the Declutter, Deep Clean, Organize Method to all areas of your home.