If you have just five minutes then you have the ability to start to take back your home from the clutter that threatens to take it over! Again, it takes just five minutes a day, whenever you can spare it, to help you feel better about your living space. It will give you more room to breathe and stretch and also give you much less fewer obstacles to work around, stress about and endlessly move from place to place! Nadia’s House Cleaning offers helpful decluttering tips below.
One Counter at a Time
Your long term goal is to clear all flat surfaces of your home so that they are free of clutter. Not appliances or décor necessarily, but trying to keep it to the bare essentials. Your short term goal is to clear just one counter. Then repeat as necessary with another flat surface; a counter, the kitchen table, coffee table, end tables, etc. You get the idea! When Nadia’s House Cleaning arrives for your scheduled housekeeping, it is much easier for us to clean without unnecessary clutter – and it will give you a better, more rewarding result too than if we have to work around stacks of papers and other belongings.
Find “Floaters” a Home
Do you have one or ten or a hundred objects that just seem to float from place to place with no designated home to call their own? Take a moment and think through where these things should go. Common floaters are backpacks, lunch boxes, letters and mail and car keys and any new items that are easier at the time to just set down and forget about.
Once you successfully de-clutter one room, it has a tendency to attract the clutter in from other rooms. Refuse to let this happen! Since a de-cluttered room is much easier to clean, make sure you clean it as often as possible to keep your progress going in the right direction. Or of course, call Nadia’s House Cleaning to clean it for you and show you just how clean your home can be!
Strip Down Drawers
Take your drawers out one at a time and empty them completely. Only put back the items that belong there. You will more than likely be surprised at the trash you have been storing in your kitchen drawers in particular, via out of date coupons, broken parts, loose screws and unimportant papers and notes etc.
Allocate to Bins
Have you ever heard of the ‘toss / donate / keep’ concept of sorting and organizing your belongings? It works whether you use reusable shopping bags, laundry baskets or any other containers. This method can make simple work of de-cluttering both small and large areas. Just pick a spot, set the timer, and get to work; but don’t forget to toss or donate the assigned items. And to find a home for any items that you wish to keep.
To help organize the constant stream of mail and paperwork coming in, it’s a great idea to make an “Action” folder for all the items that need your timely attention (bills, permission slips, RSVPs etc.) Keep this folder in the same place and try to take five minutes out of your day to review and tackle a few items at a time.
Make Decluttering Fun
Make a recurring appointment on your calendar to take five minutes regularly to run through the house and get rid of anything that has expired, doesn’t belong, or could be donated. You could call it “Mad Dash Monday” or “Throw It Out Tuesday” etc. The important thing is to do it regularly and commit to it. Your kids will probably find it hilarious!
Take a Photo
Sometimes we don’t truly see just how cluttered our shelves, tables, and lives have become because we have gotten so used to it. Taking a photo gives you a different perspective and will help you to see your home how visitors view it. To really see a difference, take a few photos before we arrive for your residential cleaning and maid services and a few after. What would you rather visitors see when they stop by?
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Nadia’s House Cleaning has been proudly cleaning homes like they were their own in the Boston Massachusetts area for over 25 years. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. You can spend all of the time you used to spend cleaning, on de-cluttering and simplifying your life instead!