A new year comes with opportunities of New Year’s resolutions, and are usually accompanied with the saying “New Year, New You.”
However, statistically speaking, only about 8 percent of people actually end up accomplishing the resolutions they set. Within the real estate arena, there are goals you can set forth that are achievable.
Almost everyone wants a clean, well-organized home, and thanks to Houselogic by the National Association of Realtors, there are many examples to make that happen.
Can we all agree that somewhere throughout the day, we waste at least five minutes? Maybe it’s hitting that snooze button in the morning, or taking a mini-nap on the couch while the coffee finishes percolating.
Together, let’s make a pack (right now) that for a week, you will take 5 minutes a day to declutter your home. If you can make the effort every day, to take five minutes and do the following, that within a week, you will start to see a difference in the clutter of your home.
Monday. If you are like Garfield, you might dread Mondays. but Mondays are the easiest days to declutter. Find a drawer or a cabinet that is overflowing and clean it out. This could be the make-up cabinet in the bathroom, your child’s dresser or, as it is in my house, the dreaded Tupperware cabinet.
Go through, organize and toss (or donate) the items you don’t need. Take this one week at a time, and in a couple of weeks you will have clean, organized cabinets.
Tuesday. Throw something out. We all have that cabinet of cleaning supplies or canned goods stacked up in the back of the pantry we never use or, worse, are expired. Commit to throwing something out every Tuesday, and slowly you will start to revel in the lack of clutter.
Wednesday. Recycling Day! Find that stack of mail you keep putting off you’ll read “one day” and make today that day. Then recycle it. The incoming mail section of your home office or kitchen — or wherever you dump your mail — could just be the source of what throws off your otherwise picture perfect home.
Take your 5 minutes Wednesday morning with your cup of coffee (or night with your glass of wine), clean it up and find a home for everything. You will thank me later on this.
Thursday. Pick the one spot in the house that is making your clutter anxiety tick and start the process of decluttering. This could be the spot where all of your clutter ends up when you have company coming over and you do your best to “clean up.” Run a dusting cloth over the surface and start delivering these items to their rightful place in your home.
Friday. Tackle the refrigerator. If you are anything like the rest of Central Texas, Saturday morning is your grocery shopping day, and you’ll need a fresh fridge before you bring home new food tomorrow. Start with that fuzzy fruit, the leftovers from who knows when, the practically empty carton of juice, and toss it.
Now you know what you’ll need to get from the grocery store tomorrow, and you’ll have room for all the new, fresh food. Next week, you can wipe down the shelves and the drawers.
Saturday. If you have an entryway, organize it. Remove the dozens of pairs of shoes that have been left at the front door, the layers family members shed when they walk inside, and have your family help put them in their rightful place in their closet. Pick up the keys from the countertops and hang them on the key rack or designated place near your car or garage door.
Sunday. Do you need a weekend from your weekend? Then lucky for you, today’s task is to enjoy the little bit of order you’ve brought back into your life. No need to clean and declutter today. Get out and live.
Hopefully these tasks are helpful and will assist you in bringing order into your life by giving you a way to tackle clutter one bit at a time. By taking it step by step, you can be one of the 8 percent of Americans who stick with their New Year’s resolutions.
Let’s make it a wonderful (and decluttered) 2018!
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