Tidy Up Your Home

Tidy Up Your Home

We all have times when our houses reach a point where they are dirtier than they should be. A home should be a place of rest and comfort, but sometimes things get out of control, and you end up with a lot of messy, disorganized, dirty things that no longer work. Another indication that your home is in need of some help is when you avoid having visitors because you’re ashamed of the state it is in.

It happens to all of us, so here are some tips on how to get things back in line:

  1. Tidy all clutter. Take a deep breath and a trash bag into each room. Get rid of anything that is no longer of use to you. If there are items that you don’t need, but they are still in good condition, put them in a box for donation. One of the most daunting things to tackle is piles. Piles of  papers, piles of clothes, piles of toys…  For papers, file important financial and legal documents and recycling the rest.  Clothes should be grouped and handled accordingly: if they’re dirty, wash them; if they’re clean, fold and put them away; if they can be donated, take them to a drop off location right away. Throw away any toys that are broken, donate items your kids no longer use, and organize the rest.
  2. Get down to serious cleaning. Now that you’re done with all the clutter, it’s time to get down to some serious cleaning. Sweep all dust and dirt from the floors and then mop. The kitchen and bathroom require extra cleaning to ensure they are cleared of bacteria. If you have kids, involve them in the process and give them some of the easier tasks like cleaning baseboards and windowsills and vacuuming. Depending on how dirty things are, you may need to hire a professional to help with cleaning carpets and upholstery.
  3. Repair anything that needs fixing. Fix anything that’s broken. However, if something is already beyond repair, then it’s time to throw it out. Check for broken glass panels, leaks in the ceiling, and problem with plumbing.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate

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