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When I went back to work full-time, I had to streamline my cleaning routine.
I found that I couldn’t stay on top of my cluttered house and would often waste money buying duplicates of items I already had.
Instead of setting up big blocks of time, I decided to squeeze in a few minutes here and there every day. This gives me more free time and helps me save money.
Here’s how I did it.
Be a Clutter-Busting Fiend and Get Your House Tidy in Minutes
Since I have a super busy schedule, I declutter as I go. It’s similar to cleaning as you go but I get rid of at least 5 items daily. I call it the Ditch Five Daily Rule ™. This is a rule I follow to purposely ditch items on a regular basis. It gives me a number to shoot for. This way I never have to set aside precious weekend time to do this.
Here’s exactly how it works:
1. Try to ditch at least 5 items per day. (I’m currently challenging myself to 7 right now but I aim for at LEAST 5).
2. I actively look for items to get rid of during my morning routine. While in the bathroom, I look for an empty shampoo bottle, expired makeup, or a razor that needs to go.
3. I look for other items while preparing breakfast. If I find an empty cereal box or something past it’s prime, I ditch it daily.
Most of us do this anyway but if you purposely stick to the Ditch Five Daily Rule, by the end of the week you will get rid of 25 items with little effort.
I left for work at 6:30 A.M. yesterday but I managed to ditch these items before I left for work.
Here’s how I did:
I found 3 items out of the gate.
While in bathroom:
1. Empty shampoo bottle
2. Expired eyeliner
3. little perfume bottles I will never use.
While in kitchen, I found this after eating breakfast:
4. Empty vitamin bottle
While in bedroom:
5. I found a bracelet I never wear. I got it as a gift. It’s not my style.
Since I had to leave, I ditch two more items from my purse to meet my current goal of seven.
6 & 7. I recycled a magazine on my way out and ditched some expired coupons from my purse.
I was able to do this within minutes. It doesn’t disrupt my schedule at all. I am aware of what we have now so we don’t buy duplicates of items we already have. I also make a list of what we have to purchase weekly.
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