Memorial Day is this Monday and many folks have their BBQ grills ready and burgers and ribs in the fridge.
Don’t let your cluttered house stand in the way of a good time with friends and family. Before you kick back and enjoy, we want to share a few simple and quick de-cluttering ideas that’ll make your home, weekend…and your life, all the more relaxing.
Clear off a counter – You want to get your house so that all flat spaces are clear of clutter. Maybe your kitchen counter has tools on it left over from last weekend’s project. And maybe your bathroom counter has a stockpile of body products. Start with one counter and clear off everything possible, except maybe one or two essential things. Have a blender you haven’t used in 2 years? Put it in the cupboard!
Pick a shelf – Now that you’ve done a counter, try a shelf. It doesn’t matter what shelf. Could be a shelf in a closet, or a bookshelf. Just one shelf at a time and clear all non-essential things.
Get it off of the floor – Pick up everything up off the floor and put it in its proper place. Shoes, clothes, books…put it away. You should be able to vacuum or clean the floor easily without maneuvering around unnecessary items.
Pick up 5 things, and find places for them – These should be things that you actually use, but that you just seem to put anywhere, because they don’t have good places. Think it through and designate a good spot that works for you. Then always put those things in those spots when you’re done using them. Do this for everything in your home, a few things at a time.
Designate a spot for incoming papers – Papers often account for a lot of our clutter. This is because we put them in different spots — on the counter, on the table, on our desk, in a drawer, on top of our dresser, in our car. Designate a tray/box in your home and put all of your papers in that tray. Got mail? Put it in the tray. Got school papers? Put it in the tray. Receipts, warranties, manuals, notices, flyers? In the box! This one little change can really transform your paperwork.
“A place for everything and everything in its place” – the notion that everything should have a place to be stored and that it should be tidily returned there when not in use”.
– Ben Franklin
storeWALL will be closed Monday the 30th in observation of the Memorial Day holiday. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend.