The connection between the clutter in our homes and the clutter in our lives is well documented. Clutter adds stress, and no one needs more of that in their life. Clearing out the clutter in your home not only makes your home more comfortable, but it’s also a great way to manage stress and boost your mental health. A lot of people who want a clean home don’t know where to start, and before they know it, their kitchen counters are covered with junk mail and their closets are chaotic. Fortunately, there are easy ways to tidy up and keep your home clean.
Get a Good Vacuum
First of all, vacuuming is an integral part of regular home maintenance and keeping your living environment clean and healthy. Having a quality vacuum will make any cleaning job faster, as it quickly picks up dirt, dust, and soil — protecting your floors and improving the overall air quality in your home. There’s a wide variety of vacuums out there, but one that works on all types of floors is the best investment. Of course, before you choose a new vacuum cleaner, be sure to look at online guides and reviews.
Set Up a Cleaning Supply Station
Before you start your decluttering and cleaning expedition, make sure you have everything you need. That way, you won’t have to run out to the store to pick up a dustpan or cleaning solution in the middle of your Saturday purge. Purchase any cleaning supplies you need (e.g., buckets, rags, brushes, dish soap, all-purpose cleaners, etc.) and gather them in one place in whatever room you’re working on. Having access to these items will make the whole process quicker and less stressful. Bonus points for purchasing top-rated eco-friendly cleansers and soaps, or for making your own from vinegar, baking soda, and lemon!
Go Room by Room
Once you have a good vacuum and all the other supplies you need, it’s time to start your mission. While there are different ways you can approach the decluttering process, one of the most popular methods is to tackle tasks room by room.
Here are some quick tips for organizing your bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom.
One good place to start is the bathroom since it can be one of the trickiest areas of the home to tidy up and organize (and keep it that way). Purge your cabinets and drawers of health and beauty products, keeping only what you actually use. If you still need more space, consider buying baskets or bins to organize items, or get creative by hanging a shoe organizer on the door for things like hair styling/shaving tools and products.
The kitchen can also be tricky, especially when it comes to the pantry. Similar to decluttering the bathroom, remove and go through all the items, throwing out anything that you don’t use or that is past its expiration date. Once you have your remaining items, group them together by category (e.g., coffee, canned veggies, soup cans, grains, etc.). If you need to optimize your space, consider purchasing plastic storage containers, adding storage to your cabinet doors, and/or putting a small cart in your pantry.
The room you wake up in each day should be clear of clutter. Most bedroom problems are contained in the closet. Purge everything in your closet; if you haven’t worn it in a year, give it away, sell it, or throw it out. Also, adding shelves can help to maximize storage space, and storing seasonal items away will make room for other things.
What to do with the purge
Once you’ve got your castoffs collected, you need to get this stuff out of your house. Depending on the state of certain items, you can look to the second-hand economy to make some extra cash off those shoes, appliances or housewares you no longer need. Not only will you be lining your pocket, but you’ll be doing your part to keep that stuff out of the landfill. And with the second-hand economy booming, you’re sure to find some takers. The alternative options, of course, are to donate anything usable to charity, give away to friends or family, or look for responsible ways to dispose of your leftovers.
Once you have thoroughly decluttered your home, it will be much easier to use those handy cleaning supplies to give it a final, satisfying shine. Remember to get a quality vacuum and to set up your cleaning station for each room. Then, you’ll be all set to purge, organize, and clean your living space room by room.
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