If you only had 8 hours to clean/declutter - Mothering Forums

Thread Tools
#1 of 11 Old 02-18-2011, 06:52 PM - Thread Starter
camracrazy's Avatar
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 315
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

If you only had 8 hours to declutter/ clean for the most effect, what would you do? I am talking about the whole house including the basement.


I know one of the big things I need to do is take the recycling in. And I will need to make a time at the end of it all for a run to the thrift store. What would your strategy be for getting the most done?

camracrazy is offline  
Sponsored Links
#2 of 11 Old 02-18-2011, 06:59 PM
Sol_y_Paz's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: La Biblioteca
Posts: 1,918
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I would start with the closets.  

Personally I would declutter actual living spaces before garages, attics, and the like.  

happy family!joy.gif we winner.jpgfemalesling.GIFnocirc.gif

Sol_y_Paz is offline  
#3 of 11 Old 02-18-2011, 07:03 PM
crunchy_mommy's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 6,460
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Hmm I would focus on the easy things -- not anything emotionally-laden or difficult for whatever reason. So I wouldn't sort through baby clothes or anything! My own quick & easy method is to start by getting rid of everything that's broken, damaged, expired, doesn't fit, or is never used -- basically, the 'obvious' stuff. You could make a few boxes of things to be sorted through at a future date (but only if you WILL actually sort or toss them eventually!) So, torn or outgrown clothes, expired foods or meds, broken toys, already-read magazines -- those are the kinds of things I'd focus on. As far as cleaning, I'd do sinks, toilets, counters, floors... cleaning up what's visible makes more of an impact and motivates me to do less-visible cleaning & decluttering.

Co-sleeping is really wonderful when your child actually SLEEPS!! familybed1.gif
crunchy_mommy is offline  
#4 of 11 Old 02-19-2011, 07:54 AM
Juvysen's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Binghamton, NY
Posts: 7,279
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
I'd declutter visible spaces... but I guess it would depend on what the decluttering is for. If it was just for us, I'd tackle the areas that I thought I could ditch the most, but if it was because company was coming, I'd start in the bathroom and whatever room they'd be staying, you know?

Jenna ~ mommy to Sophia Elise idea.gif  (1/06), Oliver Matthew  blahblah.gif (7/07) and Avery Michael fly-by-nursing1.gif(3/10)


dizzy.gif Wading slowly and nervously into this homeschooling thing.

Juvysen is offline  
#5 of 11 Old 02-19-2011, 08:08 AM
HappyMommy2's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 1,796
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

If it were just for my family, I would focus the 8 hours on one room.  Probably the kitchen or living room since that is where we are the most.  If you have that one room done, it only takes a few minutes every day to maintain it.  That one room keeps you motivated.  And will inspire you to move on to tackle room #2.


If the 8 hours was preparing for company, I would shove everything in the closets and drawers!  But that is just cleaning, not organizing.


In order to maximize 8 hours of organizing, I would  put two big boxes on the table and challenge everyone to help you fill them by finding at least ten things of theirs to donate. 


HappyMommy2 is offline  
#6 of 11 Old 02-19-2011, 08:10 AM
treeoflife3's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: tennessee/kentucky
Posts: 1,484
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

is this 8 hours of uninterrupted (no toddlers!!) cleaning and decluttering?  That would give me plenty of time to really deep clean my house (not just dishes and laundry but also cleaning window sills/windows and base boards and fans etc)  So I'd probably just make sure everything was REALLY clean and use whatever time I have left to start decluttering.  I've been doing a LOT of decluttering lately so I don't have much left but I did start in the spare room which is our storage space as we don't have a basement.  It was our worst spot and we wanted it open for an actual guest room.  We moved everything that we wanted to take to goodwill out to the sunroom to take to goodwill whenever we had time.


I'd definitely start with making sure everything was clean though.  Surfaces cleared off, everything put where it belongs... but like I said, I don't have much to declutter but I always feel like I'm behind on actual cleaning!  When my main living space and everything I see all the time is clean and organized though, it makes it easier to get to more hidden things.

treeoflife3 is offline  
#7 of 11 Old 02-19-2011, 08:15 AM
philomom's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Pacific Northwest
Posts: 9,674
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 52 Post(s)

Start with the common areas and/or the place your guest will eat and sleep. Then the bathrooms needs to shine and smell fresh. After that, then take out every scrap of trash and recycling. Then, if there's time... buy flowers and bake something yummy to make the house smell good.


Leave the garages and closets for another time unless they have impeded doorways or walkways.

philomom is offline  
#8 of 11 Old 02-19-2011, 10:27 AM
sapphire_chan's Avatar
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 27,052
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Guests coming or just a day sans kiddos? 


For the first, I'd focus on public spaces. Bathroom,  living room, kitchen, play space. First make all tolerable, then all really clean. Then in the order living room, kitchen, bathroom, play space, I'd do what I could to make them pretty.


For the second, first I'd do a quick run through of the things that seem to always need to be done (for me, dishes, clearing the living room, sweeping in general) Then I'd start in on whatever area had the most gatherings of miscellaneous items and work on getting them proper homes (including OUT of my home =D )



sapphire_chan is offline  
#9 of 11 Old 02-19-2011, 04:10 PM - Thread Starter
camracrazy's Avatar
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 315
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I had all the kids, unfortunately! :) I only actually got about 6 hours in because DH left for work when I was still asleep. The 3 and 6 yo played all day for the most part.


We were supposed to be getting ready to move, but some things came up that weren't our fault and are beyond our control, so now we don't know if we can make it happen. On top of that disappointment DH's job has been stressful lately and he has been working  a lot of O/T. He usually doesn't work weekends but he had to go in for a full day today and might have to go in tomorrow. I just thought I would get a good start on the house so 1) it would look nicer when he came home. 2) Just in case we can get everything worked out and move soon!


I started in the rooom nearest the front door and just started going through everything. I took the sacks for donation out to the car as soon as they were full so the kids weren't taking stuff back out of them! I put my 9 yo in charge of the living room and gave her specific tasks (ex. pick everything up off the floor. When she had that done I gave her another task like pick up all the toys) so she wouldn't get bogged down with not knowing what to do. She did a good job. I also gave her some fun jobs like rolling my yarn into balls so they wouldn't get tangled and would look neater. She helped a lot and she gets to stay the night with Grandma tonight as a reward.


I didn't take the recycling in because they are only open 3 days a week and they aren't open if the weather is really cold because the building isn't heated. Today was the first nice Saturday in a few weeks so I knew they would be PACKED and it would take forever. I will take it in the next day they are open. I did box everything up really nicely so it doesn't look like the recycling bin barfed everywhere! I also shredded a lot of papers and got them off my desk. You can see most of the top now.


I've got 3-4 bags to take to the DAV, a bag of stuff to take to my Grandma, and a pile of stuff that somehow got stored in the house but needs to make it out to the garage. When hubby came home he said, "Wow, much cleaner!" I was surprised because he usually doesn't notice! I also did some dishes and laundry. The only things I allowed myself to store away for later was stuff like photographs that I need to decide if I want to get frames for or if I want to put them in an album. The rest of the stuff I made a decision about now, such as do we keep it, recycle it, donate it or trash it? I feel 20 lbs lighter!

shaper and SomethingAnonymous like this.
camracrazy is offline  
#10 of 11 Old 02-20-2011, 02:51 AM
clutterwarrior's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Australia
Posts: 1,619
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

For the most effect quickly, clear the floors.  If you are anything like me, that will take a good 8 hours on its own.

SAHM to three
clutterwarrior is offline  
#11 of 11 Old 05-27-2011, 07:09 PM
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 150
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

1. Pick up everything off the floor, tables and counters- put in it's right spot

2. Clean the bathroom

3. Wipe down all counters


5. Light a candle, get a glass of wine and relax.


If you had the extra time, straighten up your bed, clean out a closet and sweep off your porch.


accountclosed15 is offline  

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Online Users: 12,119

14 members and 12,105 guests
blessedwithboys , Deborah , ELTAZ , jamesmorrow , katelove , MamaNika , manyhatsmom , Michele123 , moominmamma , MountainMamaGC , PortlandRose , redsally , Skippy918 , thefragile7393
Most users ever online was 449,755, 06-25-2014 at 12:21 PM.