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During a time when so many people are hunkering down at home, it can be challenging to keep a tidy house, especially when you have kids, pets, and other adults living in the same space. It can be stressful and overwhelming at times, trying to find a balance of keeping everything organized and clean while maintaining one’s sanity. At Asheville Realty Group we are here to help and have a few tips to help keep your house in order while everyone is home, and while you have some downtime to knock out some much-needed organization projects.
Schedule Clean-Up Time Before Bed
Take ten minutes every evening for the entire family to help clean up the house. Run the dishwasher, wipe down the countertops, and put away any clothes lying on the floor. This is also a great time to have your kids help by cleaning up their toys, books, or any crafts they used during the day. “No cleanup? No dinner!” … ok well I’m not quite that harsh, but mine get the point. While someone sets the table and does the final dinner prep, others can zip around and do a ten minute clean-up. Then come together at dinner and discuss your accomplishments for the day. Everyone will start each morning off with a clean living space and play area. It’ll make it much more manageable to maintain throughout the day, and when the time comes to tidy up in the evening, the mess won’t be so overwhelming.
Clean Out the Junk Drawer
There is always at least one drawer or cupboard in every household that becomes a collecting place for items without homes. Take some time to clean it out and make it into a manageable space again. Make it easier to identify where odds and ends go, to help prevent the drawer or cupboard from getting cluttered again. Combine similar items, use containers you already have at home, or order a few online to get organized. Totes, boxes, or baskets can help contain items and make them easier to find. Start with your kitchen and craft area by combining similar items together—for example, cereal, pasta, rice, crayons, beads, etc. This makes it easy to take inventory of everything you have by keeping the same types of items together. Don’t forget your smart devices in this de-clutter exercise. Remove unused apps, back-up your photos and data, delete unused apps and arrange those used frequently to have readily available at your fingertips. Don’t forget to download Asheville Realty Group’s app while you are at it! The key to all of this is making your projects quick & manageable.
Label Your Containers
Once you’ve taken the time to consolidate and put all like items together, make sure to label each container with its contents. You can go several directions here…super cute pro looking labels or simply get the sharpie the out. Again the key is to get it done, celebrate your accomplishment and move on. Labeling will make it much easier to find what you’re looking for, especially when you can’t see inside the boxes or jars you’re using for storage.
Good luck and have fun with this
Spending a significant amount of unplanned time at home can seem daunting at first. However, if you take the time to organize while you’re at home with your family, it’ll leave your space feeling much cleaner, and you’ll better enjoy your surroundings. In addition, it will be much easier to find everything that you need once your life gets back to normal, and everyone gets back into their routines.
One drawer at a time, remember you don’t have to conquer the whole house before lunch. After each accomplished task, take time to enjoy what you have done, it will be motivation for moving to the next space that needs attention.
Blog compiled by Erin Secretarski, an agent at Asheville Realty Group
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