A Completely Organized Living Space Series - Part One
I am so excited to be able to finally share this and be able to help you organize your house! This also includes an in-depth way to clean and how to declutter like a professional! Why does it always feel that after we’ve been cooped up, our living spaces just drive us completely nuts?
When I started working more out of my home, I wasn’t able to escape for 40+ hours a week like I used to. This also forced me to stare at my loads and loads of clutter that I did not want or need. To make matters even worse, this happened just as weather got colder. Forcing me to look at it even more!
Well, today, we’re not going to be nuts anymore! And today’s the day you’ll get everything organized and decluttered, so you won’t be forced to look at the mess any longer.
Sometimes useful, daily items turn into clutter, just because they haven’t been organized or found a home! Or worse, clutter is taking up the spot where the useful item would usually go!
Today, we’re going to dive into how you can declutter, organize, and clean up your space so you can start with brand new slate, fit for you and won’t drive you nuts! The best part is: no special items required. You won’t have to make a special trip to get fancy storage boxes or stock up on label maker tape.
That’s right, we’re keeping it simple and uncomplicated!
This series is for those who want to start a solid foundation and have a clean slate to finally start enjoying their space. This series has been extensively tested by myself and others who really, really enjoy a well-organized, clean living space. If this sounds like you, I’m here to help in any way that I can.
This post got so ginormous that I divided it up into an in-depth room-by-room breakdown. I wanted this series to lead to your success story, and making it bite-sized is the easiest way to accomplish just that!
Not ready to clean just yet? Save it for later!
Free Printable Checklists Galore!
Each room in this series has it’s own free checklist to make sure that you are making the most of your time and leaving no stone un-turned!
We’re talking decluttering, cleaning, organizing, the whole kit-and-caboodle! A new living space that you can design with your own two hands. How awesome is that?! The best part is: you can use this method at any time of the year! You can even pick and choose rooms once you’ve done the first BIG round.
This series is meant to be able to give you the clean slate you deserve in your living space, no matter how big or how small it is. When you spend most of your life between four walls, you want that space to be a positive environment for you and your well-being!
With these easy to follow steps, I know you can succeed in getting your home completely cleaned, organized, and positively livable!
Usually, I’m not a stickler when it comes to following rules. I’m all for making it work for you and your schedule! I do highly suggest following each room in the order that I’ve laid them out. I’ve cleaned and organized plenty of spaces, big and small, and this order has a big purpose if you want to be successful in your overhaul.
In each room, I let you know this purpose and why it matters to you. No ultra-secret sauce here, just some mindset and motivation working with you!
This room is the easiest one to start with! I know, it seems like it would be the hardest. We’re leaving out the closet in this checklist and just looking at the actual bedroom itself. Don’t worry, the closet has it’s own checklist!
The reason that starting with the bedroom is essential is because it will keep you motivated to keep on throughout the series! When you have an organized and decluttered bedroom to curl up in at the end of each day, you’ll be excited and eager to have that feeling through out the rest of your space.
How many times did you ever clean a room and then subconsciously move onto another room you didn’t plan to clean? It’s the same mentality and same motivation we’re digging into.
In your bedroom, list out what you absolutely need in this room on your checklist.
If there are other things that fall into this room or it’s a multi-purpose space, don’t feel guilty for listing these items too. When I was an apartment renter, my bedroom was everything and then some! My office, my closet, my library, everything. If you’re in the same boat, list those too!
Move Out Everything!
Once you listed out what you want in your bedroom, now it’s time to get the room cleared out. Yes, that means everything.
If you’re in a smaller space or you’re struggling moving some bigger items, don’t strain yourself! Leave some of those bigger items if you can’t move them, but make sure everything else is out!
Now it’s time to do some deep cleaning! And I mean ceiling to floor cleaning.
Before you start cleaning: if it is humid out or raining, grab a box fan and turn your furnace up. I can’t tell you how many times I washed myself out of a room, only to be waiting for hours because the water couldn’t evaporate!
Time to Deep Clean!
Start with your walls as your first cleaning focus. I am not fancy when it comes to washing my own. I get a damp rag, which is usually an old shirt, and go to town on the room. Once everything is slightly damp, I get a new rag and a bucket with hot water and Blue Dawn, repeat the wall process with the damp, Dawn rag. Get another rag, hot water, wipe off and let it dry.
Once you have your walls cleaned, move onto your baseboards, crown-molding, window sills, door frames, and pretty much everything left in the room. Except the floor. For non-walls and non-floor, I use the same process that I used for my walls but use more detailed wipes.
Now that everything is clean, now it’s time for the floor. Depending on what type of flooring you have, this step will look different.
For hardwood or any other nonporous floors:
Vacuum up any loose hair or dust that may have landed on the floor during the extreme wipe down. Once you do a quick vacuum up, now it’s time to get the old fashion mop and bucket.
What do I use in my mop and bucket? Really, really hot water and the same Blue Dawn from before. BD is going to be making a lot of appearances throughout the series. Anytime I’m looking for a deep, safe clean for my house, BD is the only thing I use. I’ve dabbled with others, but you just can’t beat the versatility of it.
And I know you and I are on the same page of keeping everything simple, so one product that does everything is right up your alley.
Start at the far end of your bedroom and mop yourself out of the space, where you should have most of the items that were in your bedroom.
While your bedroom dries, grab some rags, the hot water, Blue Dawn and let’s move onto wiping down furniture. The only difference is that I like to dry them off after I’m finished wiping them. This saves your pieces from becoming water logged or anything peeling up.
For carpeted floors:
this is where a good vacuuming comes in. Grab a box of baking soda and get ready to dust every inch of carpet in this room with the box. If you have some around your house, a few drops of pure essential oil in your box of baking soda will make the room smell amazingly clean. Just remember to use the whole box and don’t put it back in the fridge!
Start at the far end of the room and dust yourself out. Make sure your vacuum is with you. There’s nothing worst than a dusty walk in and a dusty walk out with a vacuum drag line behind you!
Once you have dusted the entire room, let it sit. For a long time. Everything needs to settle into the weaves of the carpet before you can vacuum it up. While you’re waiting, grab some rags, the hot water, Blue Dawn and let’s move onto wiping down furniture. The only difference is that I like to dry them off after I’m finished wiping them. This saves your pieces from becoming water logged or anything peeling up.
After you’re finished organizing and decluttering, this is when you can vacuum up the baking soda. Ah, fresh carpet!
At this point, take a walk around the rest of your house. Look for anything bedroom related that may have snuck into another room. This includes bedsheets, bed-blankets, so on and so forth. Gather these up and bring them back to your station.
If you have drawers on any of your furniture, pull them out and take a look at what’s in each. This goes for shelves too! Pull all of it out and start two piles for these items.
Before you dive right into sorting out your items, take your bedding from your mattress, if you haven’t already, and put it in the wash. Nothing wraps up a good, productive housework day like fresh sheets!
These are the items you use constantly. Use the term daily loosely here, since some items fall into the weekly category or Monday through Friday daily, like an alarm clock or blanket.
These items will have the invitation to come back into your clean, organized space. If you’re in a multi-use space, then this list could be a bit longer. The key is to have a useful spot for these daily items to go back to and have room for other items, if needed.
These items can be donated if they are in good shape and not broken. These can be a lamp that you may or may not use anymore, or maybe a bed-set or sheet set.
If something’s broken or it won’t be useful to anyone else, it may be time to throw it away. Remember: your house is for living, not storage. When in doubt, ask yourself “Why am I keeping this?”
I am passionate about decluttering and it's something I love to help with! If you're looking for more ways to tackle a whole-lot of clutter, check out the decluttering tag to find out how to keep the clutter at bay for good. These tips and tricks can be applied to any room and any lifestyle. For this series, the two-pile decluttering approach works best for most lifestyles and living spaces!
Now that everything is sorted, take your donation pile somewhere where you can grab and take it to a donation center. Trunk of a car or a place where you can grab it on your way out. Broken items go into the trash. Getting these out of the way lets you see your progress on your brand-new bedroom! Hooray!
If you still have baking soda on your carpet, run your vacuum cleaner now and pick everything up to have a super clean space to put everything back on! Your mop water and walls should be dry too, so now it’s time to start hauling everything back in.
Look back at your checklist and see what items you listed on what you needed in your end-of-the-day room. Start going down the line and moving each item back in how you listed it. So, if you listed your bed first, haul it back in to grab the prime spot in the room.
This will allow you design and rethink your room in a more functioning way. I know I tend to neglect this room in terms of rearranging it, so this is a perfect way to get a fresh start on the most essential room!
Grab everything from your daily use pile and start to think where each item best serves it's function. With each item, find a home that will give you the most use without the hassle of moving things around. For example, if you know you have a glass of water on your night stand every night, be sure your table lamp is easily accessible even if there was a glass of water there.
Once all of your items are moved back in, throw your fresh bedding on and enjoy a super cleaned, organized space!
One Room Down!
I know you will love this series because it can be done at your own pace and on your own schedule. I used to think that organizing and decluttering was so overwhelming and overly complicated to boot! That's when I had to find a better way. Looking at cleaning companies, talking to others about their cleaning practices, everything I learned I know will help you tackle your own living space!
This series is here to save you the hassle and the struggles that I went through to get streamlined and organized after so many failed attempts. And they are simple steps to take. With an amazingly organized and cleaned bedroom, are you ready to see the results in Room Two of the series? When you're ready for another clean, organized room, head on over to Part Two of the Five Part Series to get your home back to the way you want it: clean, organized, and clutter free!