i cleaned my closet yesssssssssssss. i am so excited. usually i just run in and run out because it’s so messy but now i just keep trying to think of excuses to go in there. i just want to bask in the glory of the clean.
so i have this kind of big walk in closet and i stuck my dresser in there too. so my bedroom is super easy to clean up because all that’s really in there is my bed and a couple book shelves. all the mess is in my closet and i hate cleaning it.
blehhhhh. not pretty. just clothing dumped everywhere, nothing is folded, my dresser woudn’t even close because there was so much stuff just unfolded and thrown in. not pictured: two baskets of clean laundry which i was too lazy to put away last week, and like 5 loads worth of dirty laundry to do.
progress! i took all the clothing on the shelves out, refolded them, and put them back. i also got rid of all the trash on the floor and organized my shoes. after this i dumped out everything in my dresser, folded them, and put them back. i also threw out a bunch of stained/old clothing, and filled up a whole trash bag with clothing i’m going to donate.
and done!!! all laundry washed and put away, i cleaned up my dresser area and decorated a little bit, and because i couldn’t figure out what to do with my coats i bought some command hooks and hung them up. i do still need to vacuum, though, but maybe i can do that tomorrow.
This week we’re going back to the basics: Put it away, not down. Save yourself from wasting time and creating a mess by dealing with every item you handle the right way, right away.
Don’t put that coffee cup down on the counter, wash it or put it in the dishwasher. Bringing purchases into the house? Put them away and stash the bags right away. When you kick your shoes off at the end of the day, put them back where they belong instead of leaving them wherever they fall.
Okay. So let me preface this by saying that I am, by nature, a slob. Ridiculously so. My room at my mom’s was a nightmare for YEARS. However, when I moved into my new place for the school year, I decided that I was going to keep things relatively clean and maintained. Believe it or not- I’m doing it! I clean my room and my bathroom every Saturday to at least a minimum degree. While I still almost never have my bed made, I also wash my sheets and stuff on Saturdays, too. So… a shout out to UFYH here, because without reading the blog and getting inspiration/motivation from everyone on there, plus the 20/10 concept, I’m not sure I’d actually be doing this well. Anyway. Pictures! (And no, I’m not going to do this every week, but this is basically the process with my room every single Saturday)
Lovely, right? It’s not too terrible, but definitely needed some cleaning up. (And the pile of clothes on the dresser is is clean, I swear.) So one 20 minute cleaning session later…
SO much better (even though I still have to wash my sheets and stuff, that doesn’t count). It’s so great to be able to have my room clean in one 20/10, you guys. SO NICE. I love the maintenance stage. And the only reason it even took the full 20 minutes was because I managed to break a hanger and had to tape it back together for use. (I should really grab some more of my hangers from my mom’s, I only have EXACTLY what I need…) I know the “if I can do it, anyone can do it” thing is pretty cliche, but seriously, if you’d seen my room at my mom’s before, you’d know that this is a million times better. It might take a while, but you can do it, I promise! <3
(Pro-tip: Put cleaner in your toilet before setting your timer to clean your room, then after that goes off, go ahead and clean your toilet really quick. Kills two birds with one stone. :D)
This week, we’re refocusing on the third step of laundry and dishes: put it away, goddammit! Washing and drying are great, but until it’s put away, it’s not done.
So this week, as soon as the dryer or dishwasher’s done, or once your air-dried clothes or the dishes in the drying rack are dry, put them away! Our goal is to have nothing lingering in laundry baskets, dryers, dishwashers, or drying racks. Everything gets put away as soon as possible.
Hello! I love your little list of suggestions to unfuck our mornings. Would you have other lists of stuff we could do daily/weekly/monthly/whatever interval to unfuck our habitats and lives? It might help amorphous woolgatherers like me to get going… thank you! :)