This time of the year always lights a fire under my bum to start cleaning out the house. This year I’m focusing on purging as much as possible, living lighter and brighter (hopefully). Here are a few tips and tricks I have discovered when it comes to doing a massive clean out…
- Tackle one room at a time: Looking at the task in terms of your entire home can be over-whelming. So, I always break it down to one room at a time. Once I’ve tackled one room, I go on to the next. Typically, I spend 1-3 days on the room, depending on what it is and what needs to be done.
- Have extra boxes: These can be used to sort through things such as books, clothes, and even pantry items. I typically use three categories of boxes: keep, donate, and dump. Their titles are pretty self explanatory, but just in case… the “keep” box is things I plan on keeping; the “donate” box is things I plan to donate to charity shops; and, the “dump” box are things that I just plan on tossing because of various reasons (typically broken beyond repair).
- Use clear totes for storage: It is much easier to see what is inside a clear tote. Labels are great, but they often do not provide the detail needed to determine if it is the box you’re looking for. Utilizing a clear tote lets me get a good idea of what is inside. I like to utilize large totes like these found on Amazon because the lid latches down and provides a higher level of security.
- Opening windows: Whenever I am using cleaning products, I open at least one window in the room I am using them in. Even when the products are all natural, the smell can get over-whelming. Opening windows not only provides good ventilation, but I find things dry faster. Plus, you cannot beat letting in some fresh air after the house as been sealed up for winter.
- Six Months Rule: When sorting through clothes, the rule is if I haven’t worn it in six months, it goes into the donation pile. This prevents your home being over-run by clothes and makes it easier to organize and manage your wardrobe.
And those are my golden rules when it comes to cleaning and purging. I hope they are of use to you, but if you have any additional tips – please share in the comments. I’m always looking for great ideas!