Getting Organized: All You Need is One Day

Cleaning can sometimes seem to be a daunting task, especially if you’re dealing with a large amount of clutter. Misplaced toys, a heap of clothes, various miscellaneous knick knacks and maybe even trash often combine to create a jumbled mess that can give anyone that is attempting to clean, a headache. Fear not though, as there are ways to tackle this job in just one day.

The first thing that you need to do, of course, is to pick a good day to schedule your cleaning. You’re going to be devoting a rather large amount of time to this task so make sure there won’t be any distractions along the way. Ask the people in your home that you don’t want to be disturbed while cleaning (or better yet, ask them to help, as it will make the work go faster).

Before starting the cleanup, get several bins or boxes, you’ll be using these to separate the items in the room as you clean. Dust can build up in the nooks and crannies of a room so taking down items will make them easier to clean. As you do this you can place the items in the boxes so that they don’t pile up all over the place.

The next step is to choose a corner of the room to start from. Divide the room into four sections and then pick the messiest corner to start with. Doing this makes the task easier as you progress, leaving the easiest part of the room for last.

As you remove items from the desks, closets and shelves, separate them into groups and place them into the boxes and bins that you prepared. Have bins that are prepared for things you want to get rid of and those that you want to keep. The “getting rid of” pile can be further divided into which ones you can donate, those that you can recycle and those that you’ll just throw away. The “keep” pile can be separated into things that you use regularly and those that you use rarely. Try not to be distracted by books, magazines or photo albums as you do this though. Remind yourself that you’ll have more time to do this after everything is done.

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With the items now safely in the bins, you can proceed to wipe the dust off the shelves and closets. With the items you use regularly, wipe of the dust before you put them back. Those that you use rarely, you can keep them in the bins (properly arranged of course), and put them away in storage like the attic or the garage. If you’ve run out of space to put them in (which can happen if you have a small home) you can rent budget self storage units to keep your items safe until you need them again.

Do the same procedure for each corner and then give the floor a good sweep. Once that’s done, take the bins with the items that you want to get rid of and either donate, recycle or throw them away as soon as you’re able. Don’t leave them lying around for too long as that will just create additional clutter. As long as you follow these steps and don’t allow yourself to be distracted, you’ll be surprised at how fast the job can be finished. Now grab the boxes and the broom and start clearing out that clutter!

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Dbro 3 years ago from Texas, USA

Great hub, Better Yourself! I'm inspired to give your method a try at my house. Spring cleaning, here we come!

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Better Yourself 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Dbro! It's hard to believe the time is almost here again for spring cleaning! Good luck :)

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