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Declutter. Deep Clean. Organize. Repeat.

If you’ve ever spent a weekend cleaning, and then two days later your home feels cluttered, you’re not alone!

Often, when we tidy up our homes, we try to put everything back where it belongs. But eventually, where the “stuff belongs” gets too full, crammed and bulging. We know our shoes get put on the shoe rack, but we’ve bought more shoes, and they don’t all fit— so now they spill over onto the floor or are left in a pile at the bottom of a closet.

Putting things away only works if each and every item has a home. And if the home is too full, it’s time to declutter.

And in that same tidying up process, we also attempt to clean! Bless our hearts, we shove things in drawers, cabinets, and closets, wipe down surfaces, and declare our victory won! But a thorough, deep clean can only happen if there’s space to do it— and that can’t happen if there’s visible (and hidden!) clutter. One of the best times to deep clean is after you’ve decluttered an area, because you’ve emptied it out and can easily access the space.

After your space has been decluttered and deep cleaned, it’s time to organize. There’s no sense in organizing until the other two steps have been completed! To organize first, without ever decluttering and cleaning, is like rinsing out your mouth with water without having brushed and flossed your teeth. Does it help? Sure. Is it as effective? Absolutely not.

To get your home in tip-top shape, it’s best to repeat these steps in every room. And if going room by room doesn’t suit you, try going by category (clothes, books, paper, etc), or by problem area.

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Clear, large garbage bags for donations:

Powdered Tide for Deep Cleaning your home:

Clear shoeboxes for organizing everything:

If all of this sounds daunting, help is available! Here at Curate My Chaos, we offer professional organization in conjunction with a deep cleaning specialist. We’re armed and ready (with Miele vacuums and Ikea bins) to give your home the makeover it deserves!

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