QUICK pick ups for the not so neat people:)
This is going to sound like a really
crude way to clean....but it works great for me! Yes, I am a little lazy-but I also have three kids ages 1,4, 13 and 15 horses (my business). So-not to bother with any more excuses as I'm sure that many of you know them already
I like this technique as it's fast and in about 5-10 minutes the room looks pretty clean!
In a carpeted room, I take a small plastic garden rake-yes a rake-I bought one just for indoor use! Rake everything into a pile, keep a garbage bag in one hand tossing trash and unecessary items as you go-toss laudry into a pile or basket as you come across it.
Keep moving-if something has a set "place" nearby put it away. Otherwise just keep sweeping/raking it along (unless it's breakable of course-then pick it up and put it away). Toys, I put into a big bin or, sometimes I just toss them (literally-the bedrooms are all close together) into the kids rooms and give them the task of putting them away. All of their toys are kept in big bins-so easy for even the youngest to put away.
What I am typically left with when I get across a room is maybe a shoe or two and some odds and ends-many of which I find easier to throw away than organize (magazines, catalogs, small toys etc). I also have a misc bin for each room so I can quickly toss the remains in if I am in a hurry. Then, once weekly (or when the bin gets full) I try to go through each bin and sort it (throwing as much away as possible!).
I try to avoid duplicate toys and anything with all lot of small pieces. I am also no longer shy about "disposing" of gift items that clutter my house just because they were gifts-like the 100 piece plastic food set, or the dozens of little plastic letters and numbers the kids got for christmas (did you hear that grandma
With wooden floors, I use a regular old broom, otherwise the process is the same. The idea here is that everything is put into bins where you can find it and there is NO obvious
clutter (it's all tossed away into neatly stacked, labeled bins).
This technique obviously does not work well on kitchens and baths (although to some extent you can substitute a wash cloth for the counter-tops in the bathroom)!
If you have time, follow up with a vacuum or mop and a quick dusting.
Carpeted stairs-I have a special hair brush for quickies to at least get the obvious lint, hair and what ever else the kids tracked in. Everything else on the stairs, gets put into individual bins according to who it belongs to (it's typically shoes, backpacks, books or toys, or into their rooms).
I also make good use of all the diaper wipe packages laying around-they are great for wiping down toys, furniture, window sills etc if you are sitting around with the kids....
I also am not, and will probably never be, highly organized-but I am able to keep lots of big labeled bins or decorative hat boxes to toss related stuff into so it at least looks
tidy and organized....and I have some clue as where to look if I can't find something (if I am looking for a needle and thread, I can usually find it in the sewing notions box or the craft box!).
I also keep a box in the garage to throw unused/unwanted items into-as the house starts to get noticably de-cluttered (outgrown toys or clothes mostly). I actually find it easier to keep tossing things in the "to go" box as it makes the cleaning so much easier! Make sure this box is kept covered as it never fails that anything seen in the box all of a sudden becomes a very desirable toy, even if it hasn't been played with in months!
: Then, make sure to take this box to "good-will" or the dump at least
once monthly (or pass items on if you have friends or family with younger kids.
I also find it very helpful to try to take an objective look around on a regular basis-it's amazing how much junk, clutter, and unworn clothing I can get rid of when I look at things objectively, rather than for sentimental value!
Hope this was helpful to some and not too offensive to the hyper-organized neat bugs