Spring Cleaning or Decluttering?

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Registered: 08-13-2007
Spring Cleaning or Decluttering?
Tue, 04-23-2013 - 9:57am

Have you been doing any specific deep cleaning and/or decluttering this fall?  How do you decide what to tackle first?


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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Tue, 04-23-2013 - 8:52pm

I'm doing some cleaning and decluttering, due to having work done in our house. One entrance to the attic is a little door in my closet so I had to provide a clear access, that's how I decided to tackle my closet first. I culled out a lot of clothes and shoes, and some random stuff that was stashed in there---I dropped it at the charity shop last week. The workers made some holes in walls so lots of plaster and drywall dust and particles, the entire house feels gritty to me. I've been doing regular cleaning to try to keep the grit from getting ground in everywhere but its going to take deep cleaning. The guy who will fix the holes thinks he can come this week or next so I may wait on the deep cleaning (as he will probably make more messes).

I also made a small dent in sorting through the paper clutter in my office one day while I was stuck in there (to escape the noise) and they had to cut power to the internet modem. Otherwise I probably would have been playing computer games!

Have you looked on FlyLady's list of detailed cleaning? If you are done de-cluttering then you can move ahead to the detail work. For regular decluttering her weekly zones and missions provide a good framework for deciding what to do.