October 19, 2015
6 Surfaces to Clear If Your House Feels Cluttered
Clean and cleared surfaces add that breathing room that your home desperately needs. But do you feel like everyone is talking about clutter and how we need it out of our homes right now? I think that the key is to deal with the clutter every single day and have a plan for when it does come into the house (school papers, mail, stuff). If you’ve seen my cleaning routine, you know that ‘clutter’ is on the daily routine because if it isn’t dealt with daily it’s going to become a problem (for me).
But what if you haven’t dealt with the clutter daily and need to start somewhere? Try clearing a couple surfaces. I promise you’ll feel better and like you can continue with the decluttering process. It might just be what you need to get started. One surface at a time and within minutes you’ll start feeling like you’re making progress.
KITCHEN COUNTERS – Counters tend to be clutter collectors, but they don’t have to be! Quickly remove any and all clutter from your kitchen counters and place it on your kitchen table. Wipe your counters with your favorite cleaner or with a sponge and warm, soapy water. Put away/keep/toss any clutter so that it doesn’t go back on the counters.
REFRIGERATOR – Have lists and reminders plastered on the front and sides? Remove them and quickly keep or toss necessary paper and reminders. Give it a quick wipe down concentrating on the handles and getting rid of fingerprints. (If you have stainless steel appliances, you’ll love this trick.)
KITCHEN SINK – A clean kitchen sink just screams tidy, don’t you think? Take a couple minutes and empty your sink, put clean dishes away, and load up your dishwasher. Run the dishwasher if it’s full or if you don’t have a dishwasher, wash and dry the dishes. Once the sink is empty, give it a little squirt of dish soap and a scrub it up. Need a little abrasive cleaning? You can add a little baking soda to the dish soap to make an all-purpose scrub and scrub away. Put out a clean dish towel and move on to the next surface.
BATHROOM COUNTERS – If you have extra time, go into your bathrooms, clear and wipe down all the counters. If you only have a couple minutes, go into the master or main bathroom and clear the counters and wipe them down. Put out clean hand towels to complete the cleaned up look.
NIGHTSTAND – Begin and end the day with a relaxed space by clearing your nightstand. Return any items that don’t belong on your nightstand to their homes. Give your nightstand a quick dusting and return necessary items like lotion and your current reads.
WORK SPACE – If you have a desk or area where you pay bills, work from home, etc. Quickly pick up any loose papers and odds and ends. Clear the space and return items to their proper homes.
Just like that you’ve given your house a little clean reset and you’re ready for a new day! What must-do cleaning task would you add to the list? What are you going to do today?
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