Asked on May 23, 2018

When you have a really messy house how is the best way to start clean?

Barbara GilbertGinnyEllis
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It's really a mess, gone through some stuff and I let everything get away from me, it's hard to know where to start?????

9 answers
  • Dee
    Dee
    on May 24, 2018

    start with one room at a time. clean out the clutter, do the 3 box thing, save, throw away and recycle at the thrift shop. Then start at the top of the room and work down as dust settles down. Dust, vacuum etc.
  • Dee
    Dee
    on May 24, 2018

    Once you get one room clean, move on to the next. It will give you a sense of accomplishment. I would start small with the bathrooms, and then the kitchen.
  • Nancy Turner
    Nancy Turner
    on May 24, 2018

    I agree with the one room at a time, it just works better and you don't get so distracted by going to another room and can finish much quicker. Take a break between rooms, or even do one a day for larger rooms. When you see the first couple done, you will see how much easier it is to do and just what you can accomplish and how much better it is when it is done.
  • Diana Deiley
    Diana Deiley
    on May 24, 2018

    I agree with Dee, start with one room. I personally use clear plastic storage containers with lids from Walmart. They can be labeled, stacked or stored in a cabinet, closet or under a bed. Rule #1, if you haven't worn it, used it, or no longer need it.....discard it or donate it. You'll be surprised how much room you'll have when you're done. YOU CAN DO THIS!!! Best of luck.
  • Hillela G.
    Hillela G.
    on May 24, 2018

    One room at a time, and you have to be so disciplined, once you assign something a place- don't allow yourself to put it down somewhere else "just for now" it becomes second nature after a while but in the beginning its so tough to not just push it off. We've all been there I think. You got this!!! As you go, ask per specific room for advice here on the forum- we're in this with you!!!
  • Ellis
    Ellis
    on May 24, 2018

    One room at a time. Use three boxes, one for things to keep, one for things to donate, and one for trash. Be ruthless! This is my toughest job, too, because I always think I can use something that's still good. Then I don't use it--so I've learned to donate so someone else can enjoy it.
  • Ginny
    Ginny
    on May 24, 2018

    No matter what age you are, downsize now or you will be smothered in 'stuff' when you reach retirement. Above suggestions are excellent.
  • Barbara Gilbert
    Barbara Gilbert
    on Jun 11, 2018

    I really appreciate y’all answering me and encouraging me to get busy, thanks and happy cleaning to all
    Barbara
  • Barbara Gilbert
    Barbara Gilbert
    on Jun 11, 2018

    I really appreciate y’all answering me and encouraging me to get busy, thanks and happy cleaning to all
    Barbara
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