52 Weeks: #8 Keep Flat Surfaces Clear
Nothing says calm and serene like a cleared surface. I absolutely love how allysgrandma worked on clearing her dining room table off last week. Check out her lovely after picture:
To me nothing beats a cleared surface. As soon as my surfaces start getting cluttered I start getting twitchy and it’s not pretty. I become some sort of crazed lady plowing down anyone in my path. For the sake of my family I try to avoid the twitching stage by staying on top of the clutter that seems to come from out of nowhere to mock me. I can almost hear it saying na na na na na na.
Go away clutter!
Seriously it’s fine to talk to your clutter, I do it all the time and no one calls me crazy. Oh wait that’s so not true, many people do….lol. Okay, well so what. So it might make us a little odd but hey whatever works right?
You clutter, have no business here!
So speaking of kicking that clutter to the curb, I read an awesome article last week written by Consumer Reports called Tips for Getting Rid of Practically Anything. I get asked all the time about ways to get rid of various household items and this article provides some great suggestions to do just that. Use the links on their left hand sidebar to scroll through the entire article. Hope you find it helpful!
I don’t know if this will come as a surprise to you or not but I’m not big on spring cleaning. I can just hear you now, “really Laura, who is?” but I don’t just mean I don’t like it, I mean I don’t do it. I just can’t imagine saving up large undesirable tasks to do in large chunks of time. No thank you.
My tactic instead has always been to do it as I go, to make it a part of my regular cleaning routines. I’ve gotten into the habit of giving any space I’m organizing a thorough cleaning as I go. Since my organizing process usually involves moving furniture around I take a little extra time then to clean the nooks and crannies. It just makes it so much easier on me in the long run. If I see something that’s dirty I clean it and if I do it before it gets bad, then it takes no time at all. Just a little something to consider as you go about your 52 weeks of organizing projects.
If, on the other hand, you like to be a little more scheduled with your spring cleaning well that’s okay too and I’ve got a great resource to tell you about. Taylor from Household Management 101 has a 40 page free ebook she is offering full of cleaning printables you can use in your home management notebook all year long. Click on the graphic below for more information.
I am really enjoying reading your comments each week. You are all doing an amazing job and I love sharing in this journey with you. Keep up the great work everyone!!
Questions to Ponder:
1. Do find cluttered surfaces make you a little crazy?
2. Are you managing to stay on top of your 52 weeks list?
3. Are you being motivated by your successes yet?
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