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4 habits of maintaining a cluttered free home

How to Maintain your cluttered free Home

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Maintaining a cluttered free home is short of a miracle but with these ideas you can have the home you’ve always wanted.

You’ve followed all the advice to have a cluttered free home. All too soon, you realized that your clutter has come back.

You even ended up replacing some of the stuff you got rid of, or not everyone is pitching in to keep the house cluttered free.

Here are a few simple, quick habits that your family members can do to keep the house cluttered free.

Deal with your mail immediately

The last thing any of us wants to do after a long day at work is deal with the mail. But since it has to be done, take care of it immediately before mail piles up.

Throw ads and other junk mail directly in the trash or recycling bin.

Check your post office sometimes they have a recycling bin to put your junk mail in before it reaches the car.

Put bills and other important papers in the specified places and shred sensitive information that doesn’t need to be filed.

To make this even easier, make all your bills, banking and other statements paperless and get your name on the “no junk mail” list.

Before long, there will be very little mail to deal with at all.

Nightly pick-up routine

As you gather in the living room in the evenings, each family member always brings stuff with them. A mug, a glass, a snack plate, an iPod, a hand-held video game or homework.

Have you ever noticed how frequently that stuff stays in the living room, making it cluttered?

Set a new rule that each night before heading to bed, everyone picks up what they brought into the room that evening and put it back where it belongs.

It only takes 2 minutes to keep the clutter creep to a minimum.

Add a coat rack and baskets

As soon as the family walks in the door, they are likely to take off coats and backpacks, set down lunch boxes and briefcases, all in the entryway where they will be tripped over for the rest of the evening.

To keep this area cluttered free, add a coat rack, a basket or cubby for each person in the entryway.

Get family members used to hanging up their coats and putting the other stuff they bring home in a designated place.

It will take a little time and a few gentle reminders, but everyone will eventually appreciate the new peace that a cluttered free house exudes.

Eliminate junk drawers

This may sound undo-able, but it really isn’t. Have a place for everything, including the small items that tend to end up in a junk drawer.

Get small containers or better yet, up-cycle some with the kids, and keep these small items separated and organized in drawers.

Things like batteries, paper clips, rubber bands, twist ties, etc. all have their own place in a drawer or two.

Take a rubber band off the Sunday paper?

Put it immediately in the correct cubby hole before sitting down to enjoy the paper.

In conclusion,

  • Always deal with your mail immediately
  • Everyone helps with a nightly pick up
  • Add a coat rack and baskets in your entryway
  • Eliminate your junk drawers

If you start with these 4 habits you will well on your way to a cluttered free home.

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What Spring Cleaning is and is not

As the weather warms up, we begin to feel motivated to do a good spring cleaning in and around our homes. As an essential part of clearing out the stuffy remnants of winter and making room for the new.

There are a few misconceptions about spring cleaning. It is important to clear those up before embarking on your mission. Here it is in a nutshell, the what it is and is not.

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It is a Fresh Start to the Year

By the time we are a few months into the year, most of us can use another fresh start. When winter begins to fade into spring. We are ready for a chance to get rid of the old and get on with the new. Spring cleaning gives us that chance to turn over a new leaf, and clean our way into a fresh mindset.

A Good Thorough Cleaning

Spring cleaning is not just your average weekly chores. It gives us a chance to turn everything over and clear out the cobwebs, literally and figuratively. Spring cleaning is a thorough change from the way we are currently living. It is a chance to get things moving back into the right direction. If our standards have slipped at any point.

Spring Cleaning Is about Organization

Spring cleaning is not just about wiping away the grease and taking a swish at the dust. It is a great time to make an extensive list to follow, both now and on smaller levels for the future.

Find ideas on the internet or in books about home organization. Add to the lists anything that is specific to you and your home so that no stone is left unturned in the process.

Not All-or-Nothing

As much as you may want to do a thorough cleaning as possible, don’t go overboard. Do your best to make your home sparkly and bright, but give yourself a break when necessary. We should strive for clean, functional homes, but they must also be livable. Do your best, and then relax with the results you acquire.

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Spring cleaning Isn’t Just about a Clean Home

Spring cleaning is generally focused on turning your home into a better, more organized version of its previous state. However, there are plenty other things in your life that you can focus on when you are finished.

Spend some of your time

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The fastest way to clean your kitchen

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Is there a fast way to clean your kitchen?

Yes, there is. Having your family help with clean up is the fastest way to clean the kitchen.

Give each member of your family a list so they will know what they need to do. The checklist will have the entire process outlined.

Assign a step for each family member and divide each task. Work your way together to finish.

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11 Steps to clean

Gather all your supplies together

It’s always easier with the supplies close to your fingertips. You want to make sure your washrags are clean and that you haven’t run out of dish soap.

Run a sink of hot soapy water

A hot soapy sink before you start makes for a place to put the dirty dishes.

Scrape off all the dishes into the trash

Scraping off the gunk before putting the dishes into the sink makes it less nasty.

Soak dirty dishes

Soak the dishes while working on the rest of the kitchen.

While the dishes are soaking clear out the trash from the counters, floors, etc.

Worry only about the trash, most of the clutter in the kitchen will be garbage. It is always easier to clean with the trash not strewn around.

Gather all the items that don’t belong in the kitchen, put them in a basket

Find a basket or a box and put the items that do not belong in the kitchen in there, for later to put away. We are only going to worry about the kitchen.

Put away items that belong in the kitchen but not in the proper order

Next, put all the items that belong in the kitchen away.

Load the dishwasher or wash by hand

It helps to rinse off the gunk from the dishes before putting into the dishwasher. You can do this or you can finish washing the dishes that were soaking.

Wash down cabinets, counter tops, appliances, sink, etc

I never really thought about wiping down the cabinets but it only takes a couple of minutes to get the grime off every day so it’s not a bigger job later.

Sweep and mop

I am really not a fan of sweeping and mopping. Definitely, you will need to sweep every day and mop once a week. It also depends how much traffic goes through your kitchen then you might want to mop more than once a week.

Take out the trash

Take out the trash every day and sometimes more. You don’t want your kitchen to have a funky smell.

Now wasn’t that easy and fast?

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What do you do to clean your kitchen fast?