This guest post about Staying On Top Of Household Clutter was written by Adan Ramos. Mr. Ramos is the owner of La Cenicienta Cleaning LLC, which services Central Ohio and North Carolina. Home after home, client after client, family-owned La Cenicienta Cleaning’s goal is to keep every family happy.
A lot of attention gets paid to spring cleaning, but the fall season is just as good of a time to get on top of household clutter. Vacations are over, there is a break between major holidays, and for many the kids are back in school.
Staying on top of household clutter will give you more time to enjoy autumn bonfires and football games, and to prepare for the upcoming holidays. With these pro-tips from the cleaners at La Cenicienta, you can get on top of your household clutter and knock the stress of organizing out of your mind.
Even during these slower months, you’ll have busy weeks that leave you with very little time to deal with clutter. When this is the case, it is important to know what rooms you need to focus on to help lower your stress level and get you through the week. Sometimes the most disorganized place is one you can shut a door too. Do not take clutter from one room and hide it in another, but rather use this information to focus.
Don’t clean a disorganized office space that you’re not going to use all week. Shut the door and deal with the slightly less chaotic kitchen. Focusing on the wrong room priority will just continue exposing you to stress. The kitchen has been catching the mail, homework projects, and groceries all day, which means fixing dinner will take longer because you have to clean first. Meanwhile, it doesn’t matter that your office is clean because you aren’t using it all week.
As you go through the rooms in your house and organize them, find a baseline you can use for future reference. A baseline is about setting an easily attainable goal for the most-used rooms in your house.
Make sure everyone in the household knows what that standard is. That way, when you tell everyone to get the “family room” to baseline clean, they’ll know what to do. This doesn’t have to be a perfect clean, but rather an organized baseline that lets you think clearly and not be overwhelmed.
For example, you might not have time to open and sort the mail, but rather than dumping it on the couch, you can gather it into a neat stack on the coffee table. Simple tasks like this are things you can strive for on busy days when you only have fifteen minutes to declutter.
Catch-All Bin for Each Individual
When you look around your house, you might notice that a lot of clutter is only there when you and your family are home. The kids’ book bags, your laptop, keys, wallets, and purses get strewn all over. You may start to realize that your house is most organized when you and all of your things are on the road!
The best solution to this is using catch-all containers near the entrance to the house. The bins size can vary based on how much they will be holding, and arranged on a shelf, under a table, or in some custom-made wooden cubby holes.
All you have to do is make sure everyone deposits the things they’ll need in the morning into these bins. They only take them out if they need them around the house, and must return them after use. Everyone in your household will appreciate this because they will no longer be hunting down keys, purses, notebooks, umbrellas, and other pesky things you need every morning.
Hooks are so important to organization, especially now that we are going into jacket season. Have you ever noticed how jackets and hoodies end up all over your house?
You wear one jacket and take it off then hang it on the stair railing. You think you’ll take it upstairs that night and hang it up, but you forget. The next day you wear a different jacket but where does that first jacket go? Do you hang it on top of the other one? Maybe you throw it over the back of the couch or drop it on the floor?
Hooks near an entryway can provide a place for jackets, keys, purses and book bags. Using vertical storage like hooks makes it easier to give your floor a quick sweep when needed, too!
Make The Bed & Use A Hamper
These two tips might have the greatest impact. It is so tempting not to make the bed in the morning. It is so convenient not to put dirty clothes away at night when you change out of them.
Making the bed in the morning can start a chain reaction of productivity that might surprise you. When you make the bed, it can lead to cleaning the kitchen while your morning coffee brews. If you don’t believe it, just give it a try. Not only does making the bed help jump start productivity, but it helps set your mind into a positive mindset about your productivity. It might make further work throughout the day more enjoyable.
Don’t leave clothes on the floor, including the socks that you take off and fling around when you walk in the door. Picking up your dirty clothes keeps them from piling up and makes it easier to keep up with laundry. Nothing brings on stress quicker than having to walk through a tangle of clothes covering the floor.
If you follow these steps, you can stay on top of household and avoid the stress accompanies it. All you have to do is take the time to strategize your plan of action then put in place things to help you keep that clutter at bay.