Monday, October 24, 2011

Hate to clean? Get organized.

Not liking to clean is a great reason to get organized. No one wants to live in a dirty environment, but cleaning isn't most people's favorite activity. Organizing first can help. Dishes and laundry are chores that can be streamlined to be less time consuming, if not more enjoyable. Actual cleaning tasks, like dusting, vacuuming, scrubbing of various kitchen and bathroom surfaces, are easier and faster to do when your home is already organized.

  • If you don't use your floor as a storage surface, vacuuming is a one-step process.
  • Keeping bookshelves, mantels and countertops clear of all but a few display objects makes dusting as easy as lift and swipe.
  • A decluttered closet makes putting away clean clothes a stress-free experience, plus you'll have enough hangers!
  • When toiletries and supplies are all regularly put away in their designated spaces, bathroom cleaning is just spray, scrub and rinse.
  • Schedule recurring cleaning tasks on your calendar. That way you won't feel guilty for not doing them, as you will have made a plan to do them in the future, and you also won't do tasks too frequently. Cleaning the air conditioner filter doesn't have to be done every week!
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  1. This is so true. My closet is in need of a declutter. I've no room left to hang anything up so everything is building up in piles in the wrong place. Even though I know what needs to be done, finding the time to take it all out and start again is impossible, so I'm going to attack it in 5 minute bursts, perhaps while the kettle's boiling. Anyway, being disorganized is certainly a snowball effect for messing up other previously tidy spaces and makes cleaning a headache. It's good to have reminders like these of why organizing is so important. Thanks.

  2. Thanks for the thoughtful comment, Chloe. Good luck getting your closet in the shape that you want. Life will be easier!