Cleaning and Decluttering Your Home

7 Hacks for Deep Cleaning and Decluttering Your Home

Decluttering and deep cleaning your home can feel like a daunting task, but with the right approach, tools, and techniques, it doesn’t have to be. Here are seven hacks to help give every room in your home a thorough decluttering and deep clean:

1. Start with the Kitchen

The kitchen tends to attract clutter and mess quickly, so tackle it first. Go through all cabinets, drawers, and pantries and remove expired food items, old plastic containers, duplicate utensils and anything you don’t use regularly. Be ruthless. Donate unopened non-perishable items.

Deep clean the microwave by mixing 1 cup water with 1 tablespoon baking soda and bringing it to a boil inside the microwave for 2 minutes. This loosens baked-on grime so you can just wipe the microwave clean.

Make a DIY stove cleaner by mixing equal parts baking soda and salt with enough water to form a spreadable paste. Spread over the stove surface, let it sit for 20 minutes, then scrub and rinse clean. The abrasives in the paste lift burned on food and grease.

For an even deeper clean, consider hiring professionals like Sweepy Cleaners.

2. Declutter the Bathroom Cabinet

Go through all medications and toiletries and discard anything expired. Remove duplicate items you don’t need. Wipe down shelves with a disinfectant before restocking with items you use regularly.

Give the medicine cabinet a deep cleaning by taking everything out, disinfecting the shelves and mirror, then restocking neatly. Designate baskets or bins for extra toiletries to keep clutter contained.

3. Tackle the Paper Clutter

Go through all stacks of mail, magazines, books, receipts and paper items throughout your home. Sort into ‘Keep’, ‘Toss’ and ‘Shred’ piles. Use a paper shredder to shred documents with sensitive information.

For paper items you want to keep, invest in binders, file folders and document storage so you can file them neatly. Setting up this system reduces paper clutter dramatically.

4. Laundry Room and Closets

Give your laundry room and closets a decluttering blitz. Donate or sell any clothes that don’t fit. Separate clothes into seasonal sections or pack away off-season items into storage bins clearly labelled.

Install matching hangers in your closet to neatly organize clothes and simplify cleaning. Use tension rods or shelving units to double your hanging and folded storage space. Labeling bins keeps closets tidy.

5. Bedrooms

Remove items from under the bed and fully vacuum and clean that area, which tends to collect dust and clutter quickly. Flip or rotate mattresses and wash sheets and bedding.

Declutter nightstands, removing books you’ve read, old magazines, etc. Keep only essential items you actually use within arm’s reach, like a water bottle, book and phone charger.

6. Living Room Refresh

Remove everything from shelves, coffee tables, end tables and surfaces. Clean the empty surfaces fully, then be choosy about what decorative items you display again. Use trays and baskets to contain clutter.

Vacuum under, behind and inside furniture thoroughly. If you can move furniture, lift or slide it to access the hidden dust and dirt in those spaces. Wipe down the cleaned surfaces with a wood cleaner or leather polish as applicable.

7. Dust Ceiling Fans and Light Fixtures

Use microfiber cloths and extendable dusters with soft brushes to capture dust from ceiling fans, lights and corners where dust gathers.

Remove globes or shades from light fixtures to wash and sanitize them fully. Use cotton swabs dipped in rubbing alcohol to disinfect light switches and outlet covers. Bright, clean fixtures improve the overall feel of cleanliness in your home.

With the right approach, you can declutter and deep clean your entire home in an organized manner. Break tasks down room by room. Start by decluttering, then thoroughly clean all surfaces, vacuum, mop floors, dust light fixtures, launder soft surfaces, and take out the trash and recycling. A clean, clutter-free home feels lighter, brighter and instantly boosts your mood!

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