4 Tips for Organizing Your Home to Declutter and Feel Less Overwhelmed

The longer you live in the same house, the more it seems to get cluttered and disorganized. This is normal. It means that people are living in your home and that is a good thing. However, you will inevitably reach a point where the clutter will become too much. At this point, you need to pull out our tips for organizing your home.

1. Make a list

A list helps you to have a visual tracking system and it gives you a plan to work with. List the things you want to do in each room of the house Be very specific so you don’t forget something. Ticking completed tasks is very satisfying and will encourage you to keep going.

2. Make a list of simple projects

Highlight projects that will take 30 minutes or less. This will make the list less overwhelming. As you tick things off your list you will start feeling like there is progress. Smaller projects will make your list look less daunting and it will help you take care of the small things that have been bothering you for a long time.

3. Set realistic timeframes

You likely have quite a few projects on your list. Don’t try and do them all in one day or even one week. Prioritize them and spread them out. You can draw up a goals list to help you out. Set a timeframe by when you want to complete certain projects. If you try to do too many projects at once you will feel like a failure. It is unnecessary.

4. Plan your storage

Before buying any extra cabinets and containers, sort out and complete the project. Then you will know better what you will need. Try and find new ways of using what you have before spending a lot of money on new things. You might have unused space or containers that will be perfect.

The best way to not get overwhelmed and discouraged is to get started. Start with a smaller project to get into it and then just let the ball roll. Having a timeframe and specific tasks will make it much easier. Happy organizing!…

Top Tips for Preparing Your Garden for Spring Planting

Not much planting and gardening happen during winter, which makes it the perfect time to prepare your garden for spring planting. You can start getting your garden, soil, pots, etc. ready some time before you have to start planting. Planning ahead will make the experience more fun.

Follow these tips to prepare your garden:

Clear up existing flowerbeds

Clear away debris like dead leaves, branches, and other things that may have gotten stuck in the beds. You can also start enriching the soil with manure or compost once the beds are clean and you have workable soil.

Order the necessary bulbs and seeds

Know which plants grow when and how long ahead of the time you need to plant them. If you want summer-flowering plants you can order them in winter and plant them in spring to have a colorful garden in summer.

Clean your greenhouse if you have one

Clean your greenhouse thoroughly with a garden disinfectant. Wash the inside and outside of glass or plastic to make sure you remove any unwelcome guests and dust. Sweep the floor and clean out the pots you want to use. Wipe any tables or counters at the top and bottom.

Get rid of garden pests early

Once all your pots and beds have been cleaned you also need to look out for hibernating pests. Check the crowns of perennial plants for slugs and snails. You can also prepare the soil to get rid of other pests. Try using environmentally friendly pesticides.

Catch rainwater for watering

Plants love rainwater. Collect rainwater in water butts during the rainy season and use it to water your plants. This saves water, is environmentally friendly, will save you money, and make your plants very happy.

Clean all your tools

Everything else has been cleaned, so next is your gardening tools. Clean all your gardening tools well before using them again. Get rid of old soil and mud. Sharpen sheers and other sharp implements.

When all this is done you can enjoy planting and nurture your plants when the time comes.

Cleaning Guide for When You Move Into a New House

Before you move into a new house, it is necessary to clean it. The previous owners most likely cleaned it before leaving, but we find that a thorough clean is needed to make it ‘you-ready’. Before you move in the boxes and furniture, clean the house from top to bottom and every corner, nook, and cranny. Include these specifics when cleaning:

Clean the Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home. To make the home yours, clean it to get rid of the previous owner’s cooking smells. It is also important to clean the kitchen because it is easy for things to get sticky. Clean the inside and tops of cupboards as well as the doors. Clean all the sinks and water outlets thoroughly.

Clean the Fridge

Now is the ideal time to clean your fridge properly. Use a heavy-duty but non-poisonous cleaner to wash out the inside and get rid of any smells. Carefully was all drawers and other fridge gadgets. Now you can stock your clean fridge in your new home with all your favorites.

Clean the Stove

Whether you are taking your own stove or if one came with the house, you need to clean it. Again, it is the ideal time. Use a good oven cleaner to clean out the inside. It will have to be left for a few minutes to work its cleaning magic. While you wait, wash the trays and racks of the stove and oven with nice hot and soapy water.

Clean the Walls

If the walls were not repainted by the previous owners, you might want to wash them. Liquids and food are spilled often and can get stuck on walls. If there were kids before, you will find sticky fingers and marks on the walls around doors and light switches.

Clean the Floors

They will get dirty again when everything is moved in, but at least it will be properly clean before. It is easier to get rid of old dirt before the stuff is moved in. After that, you can just wash the floor normally.

Make your new house fully yours by washing away all the dirt from previous owners and starting fresh.

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