Keep your home clean all year

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You’re probably overwhelmed by the idea of decluttering your entire home.

It’s totally normal to want to sink into the pile of sweaters on your chair and resign yourself to living in chaos — but you don’t have to.

Rather than thinking of decluttering as one giant task to check off your to-do list, think of it as a series of simple habit changes.

Today, we’re sharing a fool-proof list of easy, no-nonsense New Year’s resolutions for your home that will keep your place clean all year. Your mother would be proud.

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1. Purge

When talking with a professional organizer, Philadelphia on Kirstine Phillips, the word you hear most is … PURGE.  It’s important to permanently get rid of items that no longer serve a purpose. It’s the first step in organizing any space.  

House cleaning is only a part of keep your home looking its best.  

Don’t allocate space for your items until you know how many you’re putting away. Once you’ve purged your old spices, check the ones you still have and see where they fit in your kitchen.

Clothing that doesn’t fit should be donated.   Sentimental items  (like your daughter’s daily scribbles) can the next day be put in the trash (just don’t let her see!). Purging regularly is key to ensuring minimal buildup of unnecessary items.

Professionals recommend following the “one in, one out” rule: If you buy a new product, get rid of an old one.  this makes the number of items you own stay constant. This applies to clothes, shoes, jewelry, appliances, and everything else in your home. 

Interestingly, technology has helped us streamline many things, But it does make purging harder due to constant upgrades of products all come with chargers, accessories and more.

Label wires prior to storage.  this will help solve the tech clutter. When you upgrade, you can easily locate the right parts that go with the item you are getting rid of. 

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2. Keep Category Items in one place

Always put categories of items in one place, keeping all like items all together.

Without everything being grouped, it’s impossible to know what you own, which is the first step in being able to tame it all.

3. Put things back where they belong

This one is important, if you take out your flat iron, a roll of tape, or your corkscrew, put it back when you’re done.  Sounds like common sense that our parents always reminded us of, but that consistency of putting things back where you got them creates good habits. This leads to overall better organizational behavior.

Also, never leave a room empty-handed. Find something to put back in its rightful place whenever you’re on the move.

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4. Purge and cleanup your medicine cabinet

As you can see, the key word here is “purge”.   Everyone should sort through their vanity and medicine cabinet a couple of times per year.  Dispose of expired items or the products that you no longer use.

5.  Bathroom, Grooming and cleaning supplies

Here’s a great idea, hang an over-the-door shoe organizer with clear pockets on the back of your bathroom door.  Great for storing just about anything, including your toiletries, irons, brushes, cleaning supplies, and hair dryer.

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