Our clients are always looking for ways to help their homes stay clean for as long as possible. We combed Pinterest, our favorite blogs, and the minds of the organized people we’d like to be when we grow up. We then came across what we consider to be the Holy Grail approach to organizing homes (not because it’s elusive or legendary, but because we fully expect angels to sing once we achieve it).
Here’s the basic idea. You make a list of 30 spaces in your home that could benefit from a facelift, overhaul, restructuring, or cleaning. These spaces could be as small as one drawer in your kitchen or as adventurous as the master bedroom closet. Your list could also include shelves, chests, file cabinets, you name it.
The next step is to grab a calendar and assign a day to each of those spaces. You can print out a dedicated calendar from word processing software or plug these spaces right into your digital planner. The point is to put it where you can see it. Your next 30 days could revolutionize the rest of your year.
And then begin.
Organizing these spaces could be as simple as a quick vacuuming or as extensive as gutting a closet, putting up new shelves, and labeling bins. The goal is to take stock of what you need, what you don’t, and where things are best placed.
The point of the space-a-day challenge is obvious; you take a daunting task, divide it into manageable steps, and attack it mercilessly. And there are tons of great ways to make it fun.
- Make 30 personalized flags with paper and toothpicks and “stake your claim” on each space that you’ve conquered.
- Give yourself a reward for every 5 spaces you de-clutter.
- Make a list of every item you donate. This will not only give you an idea of what you’ve accomplished, it also is helpful during tax time.
- Take before and after pictures.
- Have a garage sale or sell items on Craigslist. Use the profits as a reward for doing what you thought was impossible.
- Make it a family affair. After all, the more everyone invests in the overhaul, the longer the effects of it will last.
This space-by-space method is approachable, inspiring, and nearly enjoyable, and you certainly can’t deny the results.
Will you take the challenge with us?