Diwali is almost here. It is time to de-clutter and cleanse the living spaces. Usher in the positive energies and get rid of the negatives ones. Most of you know that I am a work from home mom and those of you who are too, know that it is not an easy job. My life involves playing a referee to two warring boys who seem to be highly intolerant to each other of late, attending calls, jotting down ideas and working furiously to meet the deadlines.
4 steps to organize your home this Diwali
Everyone loves a clean, neat and an organized home. Since I live in a flat, cleaning is less of a hassle for me because I don’t have a garden or other extended areas that I have to take care of. That still leaves the home to be cleaned! I have exactly 12 days to go before the family meets up for the festival and that gives me two weekends where I can put extra time. Listed are 4 steps to organize your home super fast and efficiently! And when you stick to a regime, you need to spend less than 15 minutes a day to keep your home neat and tidy. Ready? So here is how I plan to keep my home clean and organized.
Step 1# List it down
Make a list of all that you need. Now that you have made that list, go through it and re-check if you actually need it. I do this all the time and let the better half gun down the ideas! No, seriously it works. A few weeks ago, we gave away over 200 books from our collection to an NGO. I gave away a stack 100 DVD’s because I know that I won’t watch them again. Set the list aside and start cleaning your home and you never know what you may find from the list ! I am at peace knowing the books and DVD’s will provide that entertainment to someone.
My mantra : Know the joy of giving, it makes you feel good from the inside.
Step 2 # Tackle one room at a time
Be realistic. You don’t have super powers and you are very much human. Overloading yourself with work is just going to zap you out of the energies and exhaust you to the core. Avoid this by allocating one room at a time. When you clean one room at a time, you are cleaning it thoroughly without doing a rush job. Click here to read on how to clean one room at a time.
My mantra : If you haven’t used it for a year, you don’t need it .
Step 3# Storage Solutions
I am a mom to twin boys and I have double of everything. Right from toys to clothes to sweaters, you get the drift? Earlier, I would make different piles of clothes according to the season and keep them on the top shelves of the cupboard. But that would still make the cupboard look cluttered. A mom blogger in one her posts suggested keeping the off season clothes in a suitcase and stashing it away. I did that and it did make the cupboard look cleaner. Ditto for the semi wash area, I picked up trays to line up the face washes and other accessories. On the dressing table, I have these super cute Omved tins ( the tees were packed in them) that I use to keep my creams and lip balms. Since I have a bed with a storage area, I used cartons with lids to stock on essentials like soaps, shampoos and other bath items that were in excess. Not only are they in one place, but also labelled so I know where everything is.
Step #4 Make it a habit
Cleaning and de-cluttering your home requires effort and once you make a habit out of it, nothing can stop you. If you have kids, teach them to keep the socks and shoes in the shoe rack and keep the dirty clothes in the laundry bag. Clean up after you use the kitchen. Dust your home every two days. Always keep a track of the inventory, do a stock taking at least once a month and make a list of what you need when you head to the supermarket to stock on the supplies.
My mantra : 15 minutes in a day is all you need to de-clutter the spaces and keep everything neat and tidy on a daily basis.
If you want to read up more on how to organize your living spaces, I totally recommend these awesome posts on de-cluttering and organizing written by fellow bloggers I love to follow!
- De-cluttering – a series – Written by Prerna, the whiz behind TheMomWrites
- Organizing your kids cupboard – Written by Swapna, the founder of TheMomViews
- D is for Diwali, D is for De-clutter – a lovely post by Poornima, a fellow blogger
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