Here are some basic steps I’ve learned from my research and experience:
1) Keep your expectations for a clean and tidy house realistic. Enjoy what ideas you acquire from those lovely shelter magazines featuring professionally styled rooms but don’t expect your home to look like that on a regular basis. Does anybody really live like that? Also, discard whatever expectations are harboured in your subconscious from your fastidious mother or grandmother. Though we love our family members, we must forge our own paths of lifestyles without that guilty voice talking to us from the depths.
2) Purge, purge purge – This is hard for most Millennial Americans who are used to having so much and lots of options. But there’s really so much we don’t need and seldom, if ever, use. And it feels so good to get rid of unused items. Don’t try to do the whole house in one sitting, or even a whole room. Break it down into manageable steps. One tactic I find helpful is setting a timer for 30 minutes (or some reasonable amount of time you can count on being uninterrupted) and doing all you can do. Don’t let ANYTHING stop or distract you during that time. You’ll be amazed at how productive you can be. Three bags: throw away; give away and organize. Hopefully, your throw-away bag (landfill bag) will be the smallest. One professional organiser gave me this tip: if it takes you longer than 3 – 5 minutes to decide if you need the item, get rid of it.