A place for everything, and everything in its place.
The “Four Box” Method:
Go from room to room, starting at the entrance and hitting every area of the room in a circle. Designate four boxes: “Move,” “Donate/Sell,” “Keep,” and “Throw Away.” Thoroughly go through piles of clutter and organize them into the four boxes. You can even turn cleaning into a game for your kids!
The Closet Hangers Method:
To clean out your closet, reverse all of your hangers so that they are all pointing the same way. After you wear an article of clothing, reverse the hanger again to the proper position. After a year, your closet will give you a visual representation of which clothes you don’t wear and need to toss.
Sometimes you will come across difficult decisions. High school band posters, old mail, unused furniture, etc… These questions should help guide your decision and speed up your cleaning process.
- Do I love this item?
- Have I used it in the past year?
- Is it really garbage?
- Do I have another one that is better?
- Should I really keep two?
- Does it have sentimental value that causes me to love it?
- DO NOT let the price of the item factor into your decision. The money has already been spent and cannot be obtained again. We know that brand new mixer was expensive, but if you haven’t taken it out of its package don’t hesitate to give it to a friend or sell it.
- DO NOT bite off more than you can chew. You will NOT be able to clean your entire house in one day. After multiple hours, you will feel too tired and perform at an inefficient pace.
- DO NOT constantly check your cell phone. The best way to get into the “cleaning zone” is to give the job your undivided attention for at least 20 minutes. Once you start, you will be motivated to finish your work. Do not get distracted and lose your focus!