C-NOTE: Weekend Warrior Project, Clutter 12 Rules To Follow

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Charles Stallions Real Estate Services 610125

Homes don't clean themselves. But these easy-peasy rules (wake and make!) will make you feel like they do.

Here's a thing you may have noticed about houses: They don't clean themselves, which is unfortunate because if houses cleaned themselves, you could spend less time cleaning yours and more time doing something more fun.

How to Keep an Organized Home

Simple daily habits could make it seem like you've got a self-cleaning house. To develop them, apply easy rules like . . .

#1 Dedicate 20 Minutes a Day Every Day

You don't need to set aside 20 hours daily to get things in order. You only need 20 minutes every day.

Focus on tackling clutter in just one room. You might pare down only the contents of a single drawer or shelf, but "it will make you feel accomplished at the end of the day. And at the end of a week, you will see how much you can declutter," says Helena Alkhas, a professional organizer in Glenview, Ill.

#2 Follow a One-Minute Rule

Small tasks add up quickly when you're saving them to do all at once. So, if it takes less than a minute to complete, do it immediately.

Put that cup in the dishwasher rather than the sink.

Break down that Amazon box for recycling right after you unbox your goodie.

Hot tip: Want a reminder of how much you can get done in a minute? Next time your coffee goes cold, pop it in the microwave for a minute and stand there for the whole minute. It's a long time.

#3 Start a Load of Laundry Before Work

If you have a full load in the hamper, toss it in the washer while preparing for work. When you get home, you'll already feel ahead of schedule with just drying and a little fluffing and folding.

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#4 Always Leave a Room With Something in Hand

Whatever room you're in, chances are a toy, cup, blanket, or T-shirt needs to be delivered back to another room.

Oh hey, conveniently, you're always walking into other rooms. Why not pick up a hitchhiker or two?

Every time you leave a room, quickly scan for anything that belongs where you're going, and you'll start habitually controlling clutter.

#5 Deal With Your Mail Every Time You Bring It In

With so much important mail going straight to your inbox, sometimes you've got days of flyers and junk mail to wade through every time you make it to the USPS mailbox.

To banish paper clutter from your home and ensure you catch anything worth reading, immediately sort through your mail, recycling the nonsense and putting the keepers in an assigned spot.

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#6 Tidy Up During Downtime

In the five minutes it takes to nuke your lunch, you can unload and possibly reload the dishwasher or wipe off the countertops and appliances. You'll be surprised how much order you can restore to your home during these typically wasted waiting-on-something moments.

#7 Make Your Bed as Soon as You Get Up

There's a reason the Marines start the day with this simple task — also known as "wake and make."

According to retired Navy Adm. William H. McRaven, author of "Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life . . . and Maybe the World," making your bed immediately "will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task will have turned into many tasks completed."

#8 Do Chores in the Same Order

Whether you're cleaning on a Saturday or Wednesday, your mind (and body) will move from vacuuming to mopping to dusting if you check chores off in the same order — making it easier to keep your home tidy and clean.

Headphones and a throwback playlist are a recommended, but not required, part of the routine.

#9 Spot-Clean Bathrooms Nightly

Just as clutter attracts clutter, bathroom funk quickly multiplies.

Stock every bathroom with Lysol wipes, and you can quickly and easily clean the countertop and toilet when you brush your teeth or help the kids get ready for bed, Alkhas says.

While wiping, you'll naturally put away the floss, hair ties, and other clutter in your path.

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#10 Conduct a Nightly Tidy-Up

Every night, take a laundry basket on a tour of your house and pick up anything that's out of place. "You don't have to put it away now. If you want, plan to do it on Saturday, which won't take much time," Alkhas says.

If there are more than two people in your household, separate the day's clutter into assigned baskets for each family member to put away daily or weekly.

With this routine, Alkhas adds, "You'll wake up to a decluttered living room and a tidy kitchen, and you can start your day fresh."

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Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Good morning Charles,

Thank you for the great information in your blog today to share with us here on the Rain. Make it a terrific day! bill

Mar 07, 2024 04:19 AM