Update your calendar by putting all birthdays and appointments on your new calendar

January is usually a slower month following the holidays and the weather keeps us indoors–do a major declutter.

Get rid of the excess, throw away trash and whatever cannot be reused or repaired, put what you have in order so it can be easily used. Don’t try to decorate an area until you have gotten rid of clutter, put everything in order, and clean. In each storage area (cabinet, shelf, drawer) remove everything and replace only what needs to be stored there. Do not take out anymore than you can put away in ten minutes. Take however much time you need in each area. When you become tired and distracted quit, put everything away and do something else. If you try to push on when you are tired and distracted you will have to redo the work. As you finish each area dust, vacuum, sweep, and mop.

Our HomeArea One: Begin by going out to the street and looking at the first view of your home that your family and friend see as they arrive at your home.

  • What needs to be put away?
  • What needs to be repaired?
  • What needs to be thrown away?
  • What needs to be cleaned?
  • What can you do now to make it better?

IMG_0008Area Two: Take a close look outside your front door

  • What needs to be put away?
  • What needs to be repaired?
  • What needs to be thrown away?
  • What needs to be cleaned?
  • What can you do now to make this area better?

The Hall Tree in Our Entry

Area Three: Inside your home take a look at the entry

  • Is there a place for bags and backpacks?
  • Is there a pile of coats and boots?
  • Is there a place for keys?
  • Are flat surfaces orderly and clear?
  • What can you do to make entry into your home easier and more pleasant?
  • What needs to be put away?
  • What needs to be repaired?
  • What needs to be thrown away?
  • What needs to be cleaned?
  • What can you do now to make this area better?

The Coat Closet

Area Four: The Coat Closet

  • Take everything out and replace only what belongs there—coats and hangers for coats of guests?
  • A shoe bag on the door is ideal for hats, gloves, and other items you need to get out the door.
  • What space do you have for additional storage in this closet? How will you use it? Store items close to where they are used.
  • What needs to be put away?
  • What needs to be repaired?
  • What needs to be thrown away?
  • What needs to be cleaned?
  • What can you do now to make it better?

DSCN0035Area Five: The Powder Room

  • What needs to be repaired?
  • What needs to be thrown away?
  • What needs to be cleaned?
  • What can you do now to make this area better?

DSCN0041Area Six: The Living Room

  • Are all flat surfaces clear and orderly?
  • Is your upholstered furniture clean? Does it need to be vacuumed? Check under the cushions.
  • Deal with each storage area—end tables, entertainment center—as you come to it.
  • What needs to be put away?
  • What needs to be repaired?
  • What needs to be thrown away?
  • What needs to be cleaned?
  • What can you do now to make this area better?
  • Challenge Area: your magazines, games, and videos

DSCN0038Area Seven: The Dining Room

  • Are all flat surfaces clear and orderly?
  • Deal with each storage area as you come to it—one area at a time—buffet, china cabinet, hutch.
  • What needs to be put away?
  • What needs to be repaired?
  • What needs to be thrown away?
  • What needs to be cleaned?
  • What can you do now to make this area better?
  • How do you store your linens? I hang my most used linens in the coat closet. I store place mats on a skirt hanger. Less frequently linens are in the back of one of the closets in a guest bedroom.

DSCN0037Area Eight: The Kitchen

  • Work around the room dealing with one small area at a time.
  • Reserve the front 2/3rd of your counter space as work area. Keep décor and small appliances on the back 1/3rd of your flat surfaces.
  • Organize your kitchen like a grocery store—keep like items together. Stock from the back with newer items behind older
  • Reframe the idea of your junk drawer as your kitchen utility drawer
  • Treat your refrigerator as a cold storage area
  • Store less frequently used spices in the freezer
  • What needs to be put away?
  • What needs to be repaired?
  • What needs to be thrown away?
  • What needs to be cleaned?
  • What can you do now to make this area better?
  • Challenge areas: cookbook shelf, and under the kitchen sink

Remaining Areas— in each of these areas:

  • What needs to be put away?
  • What needs to be repaired?
  • What needs to be thrown away?
  • What needs to be cleaned?
  • What can you do now to make this area better?

DSCN0056Master Bedroom

  • Bedside tables
  • Dresser
  • Challenge Area–Jewelry

My half of our closet --Roy's half is just fine, too.

Master Bedroom Closet

  • Shelf
  • Clothes
  • Shoes
  • Spouse’s clothes and shoes
  • I use shoe bags on the backs of every closet throughout the house. In my bedroom closet I use the shoe bag for accessories, clothing care items like the razor I use to remove pilling from sweaters, scissors, shoe polish

DSCN0054Master Bathroom

  • Drawers
  • Closet
  • Challenge areas—toiletries and makeup

Children’s Rooms

  • Drawers
  • Closet
  • Challenge: Toy Storage, Bookcase, Children’s desks

DSCN0054Bathrooms

  • Drawers
  • Cabinet
  • Closet
  • Challenge Area—under the sink storage
Laundry Area
Laundry Area

Laundry

  • Wipe down your appliances and keep them looking new
  • Storage Area

Craft Room

  • Do not keep craft items that you will never use.
  • Store like with like—stamping, cardmaking, scrapbooking, needlework
My Desk
My Desk

Office

  • Do not store papers you will never need again.
  • Shred papers with personal information like social security number and account number
  • Desk drawers
  • Bookcase
  • Closet
  • Challenge—computer disks,

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Garage

Back Deck

Car

  • Console
  • Glove compartment
  • Trunk

When you have finished take time to go back and clean the windows and blinds.

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