by Debra Wyatt
(last updated June 8, 2017)
It always seems that one of the annual rituals of household organizing—known as Spring cleaning—can be quite overwhelming at times. I find it is easier to get this type of cleaning done if I tackle one room at a time. In my case, tackling the bedroom first brings me the most satisfaction and just adds to that "hey—I'm getting organized!" feeling that I need.
When I am cleaning, I find that it helps to start with all the cleaning supplies in one place. This helps to keep me focused instead of having to run all over the place to get various cleaning supplies. Here are the supplies I like to have within arm's reach:
I start out by doing a ten- to fifteen-minute quick pickup in the bedroom. This is not the time that I focus on de-cluttering the bedroom; that comes later during the actual deep cleaning. But I do throw away anything that is obviously clutter and garbage.
With the quick clean-up done, I jump right into the deep cleaning. Here are the things I do to make sure the cleaning and organizing gets done the way it needs to:
As I am cleaning (and especially as I yank things out from under the bed), I make sure that before I put things away I stop to think if the place they are going—and the place where they were—is where they really belong. If not, then I take the time to put them away right away, without delay. You'll also notice that I don't spend a whole lot of time cleaning out the bedroom closets. They are a big enough project that they deserve their own time and attention.
Before putting away all the cleaning supplies, I survey the room to see if there is anything that I missed. If I haven't missed anything then all supplies are put away and I step back and enjoy looking at the clean bedroom.
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