Decluttering During a Pandemic
By www-thehavasuhome-com April 15, 2020

Some of us find ourselves working from our real estate in Lake Havasu or furloughed from work altogether. When practicing social distancing, we spend more time inside our homes. Streaming movies only gets you so far. Before boredom overtakes you, you might want to tackle those home improvement projects you put off because you “couldn’t find the time”. Or you might want to start decluttering your household so it’s ready to go on the Havasu real estate market when things start to go back to normal. Follow this guideline and space out where and how you declutter so you don’t feel overwhelmed.

If you find some extra time on your hands while you practice social distancing, do some decluttering around your Lake Havasu home.

Decluttering Tips

Week 1

Start with the places in your real estate in Lake Havasu that tend to gather clutter every single day. Focus on one area each day. That makes decluttering much more manageable. First day? The refrigerator. Chuck old produce, expired foodstuffs, and leftovers that lost their luster. Take everything out of the fridge. Then, take a nice hot soapy rag and wash down the shelves (including inside the door), drawers, and walls. The next day, move on to the countertops. After that, attack the front closet, the cleaning supplies under your sink, the medicine cabinet, your nightstands, and your catch-all area (wherever backpacks, shoes, jackets, mail, and anything else gets tossed when you come home).

Week 2

Now’s your chance to take on the more problematic areas of your real estate in Lake Havasu, such as the sock drawer, linen closet, and that ever-daunting junk drawer. Ditch the solo socks waiting for their match. Time to toss out any old bedding, towels, washcloths, etc. that are beyond use. Clear out any clutter in the laundry room. Clean off and organize the desk in your office. Go through your master closet. Anything you haven’t worn in the last six to 12 months should either be tagged for donation or tossed. Finally, spend a day going through your makeup and toiletries. Throw out old makeup, scented soap or anything else that you can no longer use.

Week 3

Now, on to the tough clutter in your real estate in Lake Havasu. Spend one day going through your car. For some reason, we always seem to pile up “junk” in our cars. Get rid of any trash. Toss old paperwork you don’t need or else file it with your other paperwork in your office for safe-keeping. Vacuum and wipe down the surfaces inside. After that, spend a day going through your kids’ toys. Broken toys can be thrown away. Those toys in good condition that your children no longer play with can be donated to a good home. If your child protests, explain that these toys could make a kid who doesn’t have any very happy instead of sitting in their toy box all alone. The next day, go through your kids’ closets. Stained, ripped clothing can be thrown out. Clothes your children simply outgrew but that are still in good shape can be donated.

Finally, time to deal with the garage. For this, split up the decluttering over three days. Start by looking around and deciding what to keep, what to toss, and what to donate. The next day, check out your cleaners, paint, paint thinners, grout, motor oil, tile, and other odds and ends. Expired items need to be tossed responsibly (that might mean a trip to the dump). Look over the stuff you decided to keep from the day before. Reassess whether you really need to keep it or if it can get tossed, too. On the third day, time to put everything you’re keeping back on the shelves and then sweep out the garage. Put items back in an organized way so that it’s easier to locate what you need when you need it.

Week 4

Finally, a general cleaning of what’s left in your real estate in Lake Havasu. First day of Week 4? The patio. Second Day? Purse, backpacks, and work bags. Third Day? The family room. After that? One day going through magazines, books, and paperwork. Then, one day cleaning out your powder rooms. Next, go through your pantry. The next day, edit your Tupperware, pots, and pans. Yep, that means getting rid of any containers without a lid or lids without a container. Toss old, cracked, broken pots and pans. Then, do another sweep through the kitchen. Clean your backsplash. Dust the tops of the cabinets. Clear out any clutter you find there, too. On the final day of Week 4, take a final walkthrough of your home. Look at everything you’ve done so far and straighten things out as you go. Good job!

Alexis Steel – 928-303-2199
Keller Williams Arizona Living Realty
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