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Saving Strategies 101 – #1 Decluttering

Declutter should be THE Word at your home from now on, if you want to simplify your life and spend less.

Declutter means to get to know everything you have inside home all the time, and more important, being able to actually find it! 🙂

You can easily find on the web several methods and recommendations on this theme. In this post I’m sumarizing the tips that worked best for me.

The first step to start the decluttering task is to keep in mind this will take some time. So, if you don’t want to find yourself giving up at the begining, I do recommend you to define for example 15 to 30 minutes a day for declutering. It doesn’t seem much, but believe me, it will definitely work best rather than trying to do everything in the first day.

Then, you should find 3 empty boxes and label them with ‘Trash’, ‘Give Away’, ‘Organize’.
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Now, you should choose the room or a cabinet you want to start decluttering. Once more, I suggest you start with the smallest one for the same reasons as mentioned before…

THE Rule is to keep asking yourself the same questions: Did I use this object during the lat year? Am I planning to use it in the next few months? Is it needed for legal purposes? If your answer to these questions is NO, then you should consider to throw it away or give it to someone in need. It’s up to you to choose the right box! 🙂

One common mistake is to go shopping for boxes and cabinets before the decluttering with the excuse of having somewhere to keep your things when decluttering. Please DO NOT do that. You can’t possibly know what you’d really need before knowing what you already have inside your home. At this moment, you should stick to the three boxes you already have. Keep it simple!

And what about you? Any advices to share with us? It would be great to hearing from you! 🙂

Lesson number two will focus on the key details of your organization: the ‘Inbox’, the ‘Household Handbook’, the ‘Family Daily Planner’ and the ‘Declutter Basket’ as well as other essential tools to organize your home.

How to easily maintain your home clean and organized? Keep-It-Simple Method

In my honest opinion, there’s only one possible answer to this question: ROUTINES! Even if you’re a lazy person regarding housekeeping, there are simple and easy solutions that can make all the difference and make you feel comfortable at any time you receive unexpected visits. And better: with little efforts at each time you’ll see great results! The time limit suggested in each step has the intention to keep you motivated, please follow it!

Step 1: Identify all you rooms and essential tasks to do every single day. Note: please keep in mind that these tasks should take you between 15 to 30 minutes maximum. You could begin with the following checklist and customize it in your own way.

In the morning

Bedrooms

  • open the windows for 15 minutes arrange the beds

Bathrooms

  • clean the sink with your hands after brushing your teeth

Kitchen

  • clean your dinning table after breakfast
  • wash the dishes
  • clean the kitchen counter and stove

General

  • put away all the garbage
  • mop the main areas floor

At night:

Bedrooms

  • put all dirty clothes in the laundry bag/box
  • do the laundry

Bathrooms

  • clean the sink with your hands after brushing your teeth

Kitchen

  • clean your dinning table after dinner
  • wash the dishes
  • clean the kitchen counter and stove General with a little basket catch the lost things in every room check animals food and litter box

Step 2: Print your ‘Daily Cleaning Checklist’ and put it in a visible place on the house (e.g. Fridge)

Step 3: Identify the essential tasks to do once a week. Note: please keep in mind that these tasks should take you between 1 to 2 hours maximum. You could begin with the following checklist and customize it in your own way.

This list should include every single item of the daily list and add the following tasks:

Bedrooms

  • Change bed sheets

Bathrooms

  • Change towels
  • Clean the mirrors
  • Clean sinks and toilets

Kitchen

  • Clean the fridge and check your groceries

General

  • Vacuum only the carpets
  • Mop and Wipe all floor
  • Clean only the dirty windows
  • Mop furniture

Step 4: Print your ‘Weekly Cleaning Checklist’ and put it in a visible place

Step 5: Identify the essential tasks to do once a month. Note: please keep in mind that these tasks should take you between 1 to 3 hours maximum. You could begin with the following checklist and customize it in your own way

This list should include every single item of the weekly list and add the following tasks:

Bathroom

  • Clean bathtubs

Kitchen

  • Clean the freezer
  • Clean the stove

General

  • Clean trash bins
  • Clean windows and doors
  • Clean walls, where necessary, and baseboards

Step 6: Print your ‘Monthly Cleaning Checklist’ and put it in a visible place. 

Step 7: Identify the essential tasks to do seasonally. Note: please keep in mind that these tasks should take you between 1 to 5 hours maximum. Please divide the effort in two days. You could begin with the following checklist and customize it in your own way.

This list should include every single item of the monthly list and add the following tasks:

Bedroom

  • Rotate the mattress and vacuum it
  • Wash pillows
  • Declutter and organize clothes cabinets

Bathroom

  • Declutter and organize cabinets

Kitchen

  • Declutter and organize cabinets

General

  • Clean walls

Final notes: – By the end of these lists, you should verify if all details of your home are covered. But not worries, once you identify something’s missing, you simply add it to the appropriate checklist.

What about you? Please share your ideas and feedback!

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