Wednesday, November 24, 2010

What a Mess!!

Sometime u look at your messy house and you don't have a clue where to start. Here are some tips to get u thru' spring cleaning. I find the hanger system helpful coz  i can monitor which clothes that have not been worn for sometime.  I also tend to store unnecessary things which  take up spaces and overflow out of the cabinet. I just could not make myself part with these `things' thinking i would use it someday, which i don't know when and in the long run causes clutter. Clean and tidy house comforts u and gives u a peace of mind.


Conquering Clutter









Tip 1: Tackle one room at a time.
Don't distress over your mess—learn to conquer your clutter one room at a time.

Tip 2: Follow the "in-out rule."
Every time you buy a new piece of clothing, you should get rid of an old piece.

Tip 3: Build intimacy.
"When you are intimate, when your relationship is powering along, that will feed the rest of the house,"
  Remember that improvements in one room can spread to the rest of the house.

Tip 4: Make cleanup fun.
 Makes cleaning fun by turning it into a game. Designated a place for everything. There are bins for toys, cubbies for art supplies, and shelves for books and games. Put everything back where it belongs

Tip 5: Create a vision.
Rely on split-second decision making to identify the items that stay and the items that go

Tip 6: Teach your kids how to sort.

Tip 7: Use a hanger system to determine which clothes you wear most.
Take all of your clothes and hang them in the closet [facing one] way. And then every time you wear an article of clothing, put it back in [the opposite way]."
After six months, go through everything that's still hanging in its original position. "Ask yourself, 'Do I ever wear that?' Go through and anything that you haven't worn in 12 months, no longer fits, out of fashion, that you don't love, use as an opportunity to get rid of it,"

Tip 8: Ask yourself if you really need something. If you hesitate, you don't.

Tip 9: Establish a "magic triangle" in your kitchen.
There are two strategies for keeping your kitchen lean and clean. The first is to establish a "magic triangle" in your kitchen between the stove, your refrigerator and your sink. "Anything you use most often, keep it in the triangle. Anything you use less often, outside the triangle. It will save you a ton of time."

Tip 10: Identify useful utensils with the cardboard box test.
If you want to see what utensils you're really using, do the cardboard box test. "Take all the utensils out of your drawers, put them in a cardboard box.  For the next month, whenever you use one of these utensils, put it back in the drawer. If after four weeks it's still in the box, you don't need it.

Happy decluttering!!

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