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We all have those times when we go on “cleaning rampages” (or at least that is what my husband calls them) and we clean literally everything in our houses. From actual scrubbing the floors to organizing and putting things away, it must happen. But in order to create a more balanced and organized life, follow these rules to keep your rampaging in check.
- Make a List.
The first thing I do when I sit down in the morning at work is make a list of what i need to accomplish for the day. Not only does it help me plan my day, but it gives me set goals that I can cross off (I know you all love that as much as I do).
- No Clutter.
Organized people don’t have unnecessary stuff taking up space around their house. Everything should have a use – if it’s been more than 6 months since you used it, get rid of it. This was a hard concept for me and for my husband. Our kitchen table became a dumping ground for lots of things that we just didn’t need. So after some cleaning out, our kitchen table actually has plates on it again.
- Everything has it’s Place.
Nothing is worse than having nice things (that you actually use/need) that don’t have a place. It is important that everything you own has it’s own home. If you can’t find a spot for it, maybe you don’t need it. Or maybe there is something else you don’t need.
- Plan your Time. Prioritize.
After you’ve made your list, you need to plan out how you will accomplish these tasks. Which one is time-sensitive? Which can be saved until late? Sometimes I find it helpful to write a second list in order of priority to make sure I stick to a schedule.
- Break it Down.
So you have to go to Target and get groceries, a few home items, and a birthday present. Write down each step of your trip to Target – grocery list, home items, birthday present/card/etc. Sometimes larger items on your list require a breakdown so you don’t miss anything.