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“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” – Lao Tzu
The best way to tackle a big goal is by breaking it down into small, realistic steps.
Getting your place organized probably isn’t listed as the top priority on your to-do list. Let’s be real, it’s at the end of your list, isn’t it?
Most people would admit that after they clean their place, they feel accomplished and are more productive.
Getting your home organized can be an easy task if you can spare just 10 minutes a day. There will be days when you’ll need to dedicate more time to clean (e.g. laundry), but most of these tasks shouldn’t take longer than 10 minutes. If you only have 5 minutes, do as many as you can in the timeframe you have available, and at the end of those 5 minutes you’ll be surprised by how much you accomplished if you are aggressive. Likewise, if you have more time to dedicate to organizing your place, you’re likely to find cleanliness is rewarding.
30 Day Challenge: Organize Your Home or Apartment
Day 1 – Pick up all the stuff off your bedroom floor
Day 2 – Clean your closet
Day 3 – Clean out your bedroom drawers
Day 4 – Laundry day! (every 3-4 days from here on out)
Day 5 – Dust all the blinds or wash the curtains
Day 6 – Organize all the wires. I like these wire organizers.
Day 7 – Mop and/or vacuum your bedroom floor
Day 8 – Wipe all the mirrors and counters
Day 9 – Clean your toilet from top to bottom
Day 10 – Scrub your bathroom tiles and bathtub
Day 11 – Tidy up the stuff under the sink
Day 12 – Wash all your towels and rugs
Day 13 – Clean the bathroom floor
Day 14 – Wipe down all the mirrors and counters
Day 15 – Sort out all the drawers and throw out anything that’s not necessary
Day 16 – Wipe any spills or take out anything that’s rotting inside the fridge
Day 17 – Go through your pantry and throw out anything that’s past due dates. While you’re at it, make a list of thing you need for grocery shopping.
Day 18 – Clean out your microwave and oven
Day 19 – Scrub the sink and swap out the old sponge for a new one
Day 20 – Swiffer/Mop the kitchen floor
Day 21 – Take some time to fix anything that’s been needing to be fixed
Day 22 – Strategize buying any tools to help you organize your kitchen or your home
Day 23 – Organize wires by labeling them and using cable organizers or clips
Day 24 – Clean and/or wash pillow cases and sofa covers
Day 25 – Dust out furniture
Day 26 – Gather up books, magazines and papers and put them back in their proper place or recycle unwanted materials
Day 27 – Vacuum or mop the living room floor
Day 28 – Repair any broken furniture
Day 29 – Donate any clothes, electronics or furniture you no longer use
Day 30 – Sit back and enjoy your day!
Getting your place organized can feel a little daunting, but breaking it down into smaller chunks will feel less overwhelming and more doable. The list above will help guide you in your first month of being cleaner and more organized. Adjust the list as needed. At the end of the month, I hope you feel empowered and accomplished.
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