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Five Cleaning & Organizing Tips

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ClutterSometimes organization can seem difficult.  You can look at a messy basement or a cluttered garage and feel overwhelmed by the job.  That feeling usually leads to closing the door and adding “clean the garage” to your “I can do that later list.”

The problem is that the longer you put off the job, the less likely it is that you’re going to do it.  Most of us have messy areas in our homes because we’ve become complacent with our current situation and we can’t think of a way to tackle what looks like a huge job.

Here are a few tips that will help you clean up and organize your home.

1)     Break the job down into specific smaller tasks

Cleaning out the garage or organizing your basement seems like too big of a job to handle but, if you break the job up into several smaller tasks, it suddenly becomes more doable.

For example, if you have a very messy basement, one of your smaller jobs could be to clean everything off of the floor.  Another small job could be to clean off one shelf every week.

When you break things up into manageable chunks, the job doesn’t seem so hard.

2)     Throw away your obvious garbage

In every messy room there are things that you obviously no longer need.  Old magazines, clothing you never wear and broken or damaged items are perfect examples of things you should be able to get rid of without much thought.  Get the easy items out of the way and your cleaning job will already look more possible.

3)     Sort the remaining items into piles

Make a “definitely keep” pile for those things you obviously want to hold onto.  Make a “maybe throw away” pile and put everything else there.  If you find any additional junk while sorting, put it directly into a “garbage” pile.

Then go through the “maybe throw away” pile and split it between “keep” and “garbage.”  If you haven’t used something in months and can’t honestly foresee using it in the future, put it in the “garbage” pile.  Be honest with yourself here and throw away anything you no longer need.

4)   Hire a junk removal company

For many jobs, it makes sense to hire a junk removal company to help you out.  You may want to rent a dumpster or trash bin to throw everything you no longer need into.  If you have a lot of junk, or you don’t have the time needed to throw everything away yourself, you may want a full service junk removal company.  They will do the hard work for you!  JuNKiT offers both services.

5)      Now organize everything

By this point you likely have a lot less stuff in your messy room.  It’s probably a lot easier to go through everything and organize it at this point.  Soon you’ll be left with a clean, functional room and you’ll have reclaimed a previously useless space in your house.  Enjoy the extra square footage!

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Written July 26, 2010 by Christopher Luciano

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