If you have your home completely organized, congratulations. You are among a rare group of women who really can do it all. For those of you who do need more organization, it really is not as difficult as it sounds. Housekeeping organization is an excellent habit to form and will help you to keep your home presentable even when you really do not have time for deep cleaning. Staying organized helps you in a number of ways and can be done in just a little time. Here are a few tips to get you started on housekeeping organization:
- Know where to begin. You can actually start anywhere, but you have to choose an area to begin organizing. Think about what bothers you most. Consider what areas really get to you when cleaning begins and start there.
- Choose a system for your organization. Start with something fairly simple and then work your way up from there. You will need to purchase or gather together the items needed to get your system into place. For instance, if you are organizing files or papers then you will need file folders or file boxes, etc.
- Choose an area for storage. If you have a basement or garage, dedicate a portion of these areas to storing items that you are planning to keep or any items that need to be sorted later. Be sure that you mark boxes that need to be sorted at a later time so that you remember to get to them eventually.
You can easily break down your housekeeping organization room-by-room. For your kitchen, start by organizing cabinets. The kitchen is the number one area of your home where bacteria can develop. It is critical that you keep it cleaned and organized for the health of your family. Start by cleaning out your refrigerator and throwing out anything that is past its expiration date. You can clean refrigerators and freezers with vinegar or mild dish soap. Clean out your drawers and cabinet areas and scrub them with vinegar and water solution or a disinfectant solution as well. Remember to clean as you go. If you are organizing your cabinets for instance, pull everything out and wipe the cabinets out before you put items back in. A general rule of thumb is to discard any items that you have not used in the past two years or at least move those items to another area of your home.
You can use the same organizational techniques for all other areas of your home as well. In the bathroom, remove soap dispensers, shampoo and conditioner bottles that are empty or if you have more than one bottle sitting out, combine the contents and throw one of the bottles out assuming it is the same product. Check your makeup as well. Makeup should be discarded after six months, three months for mascara. Again, if you find items that you have not used in the past two years, discard those items or store them in boxes marked for sorting at a later time.
When it comes to your bedrooms, use the same organization techniques and go through clothing, shoes and other items. Put your seasonal clothing in protective containers if you need more dresser or closet space and store them under the bed or in your designated storage area. This helps you to find clothing that is suitable for the particular season that you are in and find it quickly.
Organizing your housekeeping chores is not difficult but it will take a bit of time to get started. Have a spot designated for all cleaning materials and keep these items in the same area. If you have a utility or laundry room, you can store dusting, mopping and other cleaning supplies there and make them easier to access when you do plan to deep clean.