The battle against clutter may seem never ending. How do you keep things neat after a big house cleanout? One important thing to remember is that you should get everyone on the same page, especially in a house with kids. Here are a few tips to help you keep things in order and tidy after a big house cleanout.
Put Things Away As Soon As You Buy Them
This is an easy task. As soon as you buy your groceries or other items, put them away. No more dread of having to pack away loads of things that have piled up over days or weeks. It also eliminates the possibility of cluttering. Clean counter space just makes a room more enjoyable and less stressful.
Create Daily Routines for Cleaning
If you want a clean house, sort your house for 20 minutes each day. Focus on one room at a time, or perhaps one room every day of the week. Doing this will help you feel motivated to see how much your home has improved by the end of seven days.
Do your cleaning chores in the same order every time. Your brain will get used to the routine and it will feel less and less draining to do each time. Make a list and follow the list exactly like that each time. For example, clean the kitchen after dinner, vacuum after the kids went to bed, and make the beds as soon as you wake up.
Learn as you go – if a routine doesn’t seem to work or fit the family schedule, make adjustments as appropriate. Whatever you do, don’t give up!
Clean Out Your Fridge Weekly
By cleaning out your fridge on a weekly basis, you’ll see that there will no longer be food that is weeks old taking up useful space. A cluttered refrigerator only adds to stress and frustration every time you are looking for something that ends up being hidden behind expired foods. When it becomes time to clean your fridge, be judicious about discarding things that you won’t likely use or consume before the next trash day.
Wipe the shelves and doors and reorganize the containers and bottles, so that you have a better view of what is in your fridge.
Regularly Clean Out Storage Areas
A regular cleaning schedule for your storage areas is helpful because you won’t have as much junk to throw away at a time. The process of sorting out what stays and what goes will be easier for everyone involved because there will be fewer miscellaneous items to throw out each time. Just be sure to not put any unwanted items in storage that you know you will never use or need.
By keeping things organized and in containers, they are easier to sort out and clean. Organize your storage areas to make it easier for yourself to clean, and clean them on a regular basis.
Set A Weekly Time For Laundry
Some people thrive having a routine, so consider creating one for your laundry. Set a time or times per week that you dedicate to laundry. Don’t do anything else other than your laundry during that time and finish the job, instead of doing it halfway, leaving baskets of unfolded laundry to be picked through. During the week, make sure everyone puts their dirty laundry in a laundry basket or dedicated place for the laundry.
Being strict with yourself is a critical aspect of maintaining a tidy home, and you need to be constantly aware that decluttering is the end goal. So do your laundry at a set time so that no clothes are lying around in piles. You’ll see how much extra time and less stress you have during the week if you don’t have to worry about overwhelming piles of laundry.
Buy New Items Consciously
When shopping for necessities, and you feel tempted to spontaneously buy something unnecessary, take a step back and consider if it’s really needed. One of the biggest causes of cluttering is buying things you don’t need and will never use. Those things are just pushed aside and forgotten about. Resist the temptation to buy things you don’t need just because they are on sale!
Keeping things neat and tidy doesn’t have to be difficult, and anyone can do it in a slow and steady process. When you’re ready to have a clutter-free life, Bargain Bins can handle all your decluttering needs with affordable options of dumpsters for rent. Get in touch with us today to rent a dumpster for your junk.