Tis the season, right? We all have family coming and excitement growing. So let’s get started with the wonderful list, the top 10 cleaning checklist. The most important part to this is to get it done, don’t procrastinate! Ugh, I hate that feeling, don’t you? You wait and just procrastinate until the last minute, and then you’re losing your mind. Not fun.
Declutter first, that is always helpful! Nothing wastes more of your time than moving a purse, jacket, or piles of mail from room to room while you’re doing your cleaning. Start your cleaning by putting everything away in its specific place and everything will go much faster.
Kitchen: Since we’ve already decluttered the house this should be pretty simple, tedious yes but simple!
Wipe/Vacuum cupboards and drawers
Wash out refridgerator and throw out anything old.
Clean the oven and stovetop
Sweep and mop floors
Wipe baseboards and doors
Clean blinds and window treatments
2. Living room/ Family room
Clean Mini Blinds
Wipe down baseboards
Dust bookcases and shelves
Wipe down pictures and frames
Clean out books, toys, videos, games, etc.
Clean toilets, sinks and shower/tub.
Wash shower curtains and window treatments.
Organize drawers and shelves.
Wash out trashcans
4. Dining Room
Wipe down table and chairs
Clean linens (table cloth, runners, place mats)
Vacuum/ Mop Floors
Dust and wipe down any pictures/frames
Clean blinds and window treatments.
I do hope this helps! I also have the downloadable version for you to print! Don’t put off your cleaning until the last day, no one wants to feel nervous and I want you all to have the happiest, warmest holiday season.
Questioning whether your items “spark joy” is one of Kondo’s biggest tidying up hacks.
Feelings of gratitude toward your home, your family, and even your possessions can become stronger using Marie Kondo’s tips.
Getting everyone in your household can help with tidying and may also lead to an overall better sense of communication and cooperation.
Tidying expert Marie Kondo has built a decluttering empire over time — first as a tidying consultant and then as an author of two bestselling books about her KonMari decluttering process. Her KonMari method is said to help you organize your belongings and change the way you regard yourself, your possessions, and the people you care about.
Now, Kondo has brought her brand of decluttering magic to Netflix and her series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” shows her full process in action. Whether you’re new to KonMari or you’ve read “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and “Spark Joy” from cover to cover, you might find that the show can inspire you with its organization and decluttering makeovers.
Here are some of the biggest organizing lessons and tips learned from “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.”
Stay committed to the process and know that there’s an end.
Because each household has individual concerns and collections of items, your process will look completely different from someone else’s. In “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” we see a number of different households from a newly single woman to young, first-time parents with toddlers.
All of these people have different concerns but in every case, they used the KonMari rules to wrangle their possessions and declutter successfully. It may take more than a month if you have a lot of items but the time spent can be worth it and having that end goal in sight is usually helpful for keeping you and your family on task.
Kondo suggests following the KonMari method without skipping steps.
Throughout her decluttering career, Marie Kondo has developed six basic rules for tidying. These simple items are the basis of her brand — but if you apply them to your household, you may just see results.
Marie Kondo’s six rules for tidying are:
Commit yourself to tidying up.
Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
Finish discarding first.
Tidy by category — not location.
Follow the right order.
Ask yourself if it sparks joy.
At first, the idea of “sparking joy” may make you raise an eyebrow — but it makes a huge difference.
Think about the little things that truly give you a little zip of pleasure. Maybe it’s holding a puppy, or wearing your favorite outfit, or styling your hair a certain way. That’s the feeling Marie Kondo encourages everyone to look for when they’re sorting through their belongings.
Touch is a big part of it. If you hold a piece of clothing in your hands and you feel that joy because you remember how good it looks on you, you should keep it. But if it never fit right in the first place, or is the wrong color for your skin tone, it’s probably better off finding a new home. This idea applies to toys, DVDs, kitchen utensils, tools and almost anything else in your home.
Walk through your entire home and pay attention to everything so you’ll know how you want to categorize your items for sorting.
Marie Kondo advises starting with your clothing then working your way through miscellaneous items, documents, and books. She suggests finishing the process with sentimental items so by the time you’re ready to tackle sentimental items, you’ll be more in tune with what truly sparks joy in your heart and how you want to treasure it and give it a proper home of its own within your home.
What “tidying by category” looks like is very different from “tidying by location.”
Instead of going room by room, with Marie Kondo’s rule of tidying by category, you first start with clothes. Have each person in the house gather all of their clothes and put them all into a single pile so you can see everything you have. In many cases, you might be surprised to see just how much clothing you own.
After you see the full scope of everything you have, Kondo suggests deciding what you want to keep, what you want to donate, and what you want to throw away.
Folding is the key to the KonMari method and it can make a huge difference in your wardrobe.
KonMari folding is all about rectangles and folding things into thirds so the item is compact, but the fabric isn’t stressed or stretched out. When clothing is folded this way, the rectangles can stand up by themselves. This makes keeping your drawers organized a cinch.
Plus, the result is pleasant to look at and you can instantly identify where all the items in that drawer are or whether they’re currently in the laundry because they’re not in their correct spot.
If you live in a multi-member household, turn folding clothes together into a habit.
That way, everyone respects their clothes a little more and also, everyone knows where their stuff is. The mental housework burden can be extremely hard on a family’s primary caregiver and working together as a group in this way can go a long way toward creating a less stressed out group that’s happier and more relaxed.
Don’t be discouraged if your home temporarily looks worse while you’re in the process of tidying.
You have to take everything out and examine it to know what you want to keep and what you want to toss. As long as you follow all the steps in the process, Kondo says you can reach the end and your home will be tidier.
Promise yourself a realistic end point — for example, one family on an episode of “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” had been in their home for over 50 years. That family will likely have more possessions to sort through than a young couple who just moved into their first home.
Don’t be hard on yourself if you can’t do everything in one day — most people can’t. It might even take over a month, but with a commitment to hard work and an end goal in mind, Kondo says you can do it.
Keep like items together by size in drawers.
In your kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom, using smaller boxes inside your drawers to corral like items together can make staying tidy a lot easier.
Store things in a way that you can see them.
If you’re putting your items into closed boxes on shelves, try to use clear boxes so you can see what’s inside. This will help you avoid buying multiples of the same thing because you don’t remember that you already have it.
Make sure everything in your home has its own home to return to.
When you walk in the door, having a place to hang up your coat, store your shoes, and place your bag can make a big difference. So Kondo suggests trying to find a certain home for everything within your home.
Don’t store anything you want to keep in big, plastic bags.
Doing so can make it hard to see and appreciate what you have and it can make your belongings feel less valuable. Instead, use clear boxes for everything that will be stored on shelves so that you can see what you have. According to Kondo, small opaque boxes are fine to help organize things that will be stored inside drawers since you will be viewing their contents from the top.
Store things you use more frequently in easier to reach places and things you only use once in a while in harder to reach places.
For example, store your everyday dishes on the eye-level shelves of your kitchen cabinets and store any special or seasonal dishes up high or down low in those more difficult-to-reach locations. That way, you can utilize all your storage space in a sensible, livable way.
When possible, store things vertically.
Kitchen utensils, straws, and other long items can be stored in containers that make them stand upright so they’re easy to see, access, and use.
When you find items that are precious to you in the “sentimental items” category, it’s important to find good ways to store them.
Photos can go in an album or a box, but Kondo says you want to avoid shoving them somewhere and assuming you’ll revisit them later. By confronting all of your possessions head on and finding a permanent home for them, Kondo says you can find the joy of completing your organizing.
Tidying via the KonMari method can help change the way you view your possessions and, by extension, the rest of your life.
You’ll see this time and time again if you watch the series. No matter who’s doing the tidying, it isn’t just about the items you’re rearranging. Each episode of Kondo’s show seems to show just how much tidying your home can improve your quality of life.
The refrigerator is the home base of the kitchen. It’s a place that you want to be in and out of quickly, and that’s true whether you’re grabbing ingredients for a family dinner or you’re on the hunt for a snack. An organized refrigerator is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it also adds efficiency, and in some cases even promotes better health.
Start with a Blank Canvas
Like with most organization projects, it’s best to start from scratch. Empty out as much of the refrigerator as possible; spread packaged products across the kitchen countertops or clean surfaces so you can see everything before deciding what deserves a place back in the fridge in a thorough edit. “Toss expired food,” advises Sirianni. “Especially those old condiments and forgotten frozen meals, [because] that makes room for items you’re currently eating.”
Organize by Need
When mapping out the new refrigerator layout, it’s important to consider two things: First and foremost, remember to weigh the health and safety measures of certain foods against where they’ll live in the refrigerator. “Raw poultry should always be at the very bottom of the fridge,” says Nass. “It can carry salmonella, so put it below everything else so it cannot leak onto any ready-to-eat foods.” Second, consider the most frequent reasons you or your family open the refrigerator and create zones or compartments for easier access to these often-used items. “Create a snack zone, a drinking zone, a producing zone, and a meal prep zone. Remember, most refrigerators can adjust the shelving to make space for your specific needs,” says Sirianni. That way, you’re not removing pickles and condiments at the end of the day to get to that cold-water bottle that gradually made its way to the back of the fridge.
Lose the Plastic Takeout Containers
It’s easy to stick half-eaten takeout into the refrigerator and forget about it, but that thinking is a reason why you need to learn how to organize your refrigerator in the first place. Make your fridge work for you—anything going into it should be conforming to your storage system—so be ready with your own containers. “Store food in reusable containers,” offers Nass. “From my restaurant days, I’m most comfortable using quart containers—they stack nicely, and they’re clear so you can see inside.”
Another important aspect of organizing your refrigerator comes from breaking down some of the excess packagings after grocery shopping. “Remove packaging from individually packaged foods like yogurt, string cheese, and drinks,” says Sirianni. “They’ll take up less space, and it will help you visually track inventory. Where necessary, use acrylic drawer dividers, open bins, and Lazy Susans to separate and contain categories.”
Part of keeping an organized refrigerator happens when you’re nowhere near the fridge, but while you’re perusing grocery store aisles. Too often, when the groceries are brought home, the new supply goes right in front. But by stocking things back-to-front, expired or soon-to-expire products can be resurfaced as a reminder to either discard or use before they go bad to help keep a clean and organized setup. “[For prepared leftovers,] stick the dates of preparation on the containers, and push to the front of the fridge whatever containers are oldest to use first,” says Nass.
Add a Label
Just because you’ve taken the time to design a new organizational plan for the refrigerator doesn’t mean the rest of the family will immediately understand. By labeling the different zones, anyone opening the fridge can search for the right label, rather than tearing through carefully arranged shelves. “Label categories with damage-free chalkboard stickers [to] keep everyone in your family on the same page,” says Sirianni. “Some of our go-to’s include bread, cheese, condiments, dressings, and fruit. Unpacking groceries will never be easier!”