GUEST POST: The Maids Tips on Decluttering and Organization

Judy McGhee works for The Maids of DC and therefore knows all about clutter as a professional in the home cleaning business. She offers tips and advice to help homeowners keep their houses squeaky clean!

As a busy mom, we all struggle with the clutter in our homes! We all want everything to be in its place  when the phone rings and your mom, of heaven forbid, mother-in-law is on her way over. A girl could twist an ankle running around the house stuffing things into closets and under beds!

There are some simple tips to help you go from cluttered to calm! Think of the time you will save not looking for “lost” items like your keys, or that bill that was due last week that now incurrred late charges! Time to declutter! It’s hard to know where to begin, so let’s get started!

The clutter did not get here overnight, and it will take time to create a clutter free and organized home. (No, the declutter fairy is a myth!) Start slow and remain steady, forming new habits as you go. The first important tip is to take one room at a time so the task is not overwhelming. Schedule yourself declutter sessions, maybe 15 minutes per day to start, then work your way up to 2 hours once or twice per week.

Now that you have picked the room to start in, get garbage bags and boxes. The garbage bags are for items that you have not used or worn that need to be thrown away or recycled. The boxes are for items that you do not want or need and can be donated, sold at a garage sale, Craig’s List, or Ebay.

A Place for Everything and Everything in its Place

In less than 15 minutes, you can declutter the bathroom. Empty the hamper and carry it to the laundry room. Gather all items that do not belong in the bathroom, i.e. jewelry, clothes, shoes, etc. and return them to their designated place in the home. Wipe the counter off and store any items out of place. You may need to pop over to the store and pick up a few bins to toss under the sink. I like those Rubbermaid caddies with a center handle and compartments on each sire for storing my bathroom cleaning supplies. I can then carry it from bathroom to bathroom for cleaning. Plus, if anything leaks, the mess is in the container and not in my cabinet. Finish by vacuuming the floor and washing it with some pine or lemon cleaner. Voila!

The bedroom should be a relaxing place in your home, so get the clutter out for a more peaceful room. Grab a basket and start gathering items that do not belong in the bedroom and return them to their designated place. Go to the closet and organize your clothes. Don’t forget the night table, which seems to attract clutter. Another rule to enforce to remain clutter free is the in-out rule. When you bring in a new item, an old one must go. This is important when you get to your bedroom closet!

The kitchen is another clutter magnet! Most things end up on the counter top, so start there. (Islands are notorious for gathering “stuff.” Any items in the “wrong” spot need to be returned to their home. Have a small basket or box to gather all items that do not belong in the kitchen. Straighten out your refrigerator and pantry shelves, tossing anything out of date.

Now you can move to the living room. You will probably need a larger bin to collect the entire out of place items from this room! Continue through all rooms in the house, and don’t forget the garage!

Now that your rooms are declutterd and you can see the floors again, consider a professional carpet cleaning to show off your hard work! It will make the whole house smell fresh and look like new.

To keep your home decluttered, remember to put things away, right away! Think of each item as ice cream you bring home from the store. Would you leave it on the counter for an hour?

Check out The Maids of DC if you can use a bit of help maintaining your home.

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  1. Cheers for sharing your thoughts on home clutter cleaning. However, being a working mother living in Dubai, I found it almost next to impossible to take care of home cluttering on my own. For many years we have hired services of professional maids Service Company named Maids-Hut which has really helped us in maintaining our home decorum neat and tidy. I would strongly endorse for any working women looking for home cleaning services in Dubai.

  2. I am totally agree with Anna. Here in Dubai, you have little time to clean your home or do the clutter cleaning as all of people here are so busy in their work. That’s why I also hire maids in maid agency here in Dubai. Thanks to FMF Cleaning Services.

  3. Hi Carla,

    Nice to see you often hire cleaning Services in Dubai to perform this job. Have you tried Spotless Cleaning Dubai ever? You should give it try next time.

  4. nice blog here in dubai we also clean Pretreat with a prewash stain remover, like Shout Advanced Gel.

  5. Yes it’s true people have less time or no time to clean their houses. so in such case professional cleaners can be hired to do the work done.

  6. It is very good to hire professional cleaning services as we here don’t have much time.

  7. Thanks for sharing such outstanding information whit us, it’s very useful for me & for other I hope you will share some more info Please keep sharing!

  8. Hiring maids is good option if you’re not good at cleaning or you are a busy person. By the way, thanks for your tips.

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  11. a very nice article about maids, if you are a busy person and there are plenty to be done at home then you got no choice except to hire and outsource a cleaner from outside.

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