40 Days to Home Organization and Cleanliness
Are you looking to get your home organized but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you’ve tried to get organized in the past but haven’t had much success. Well, we have good news for you! You can get your home organized in 40 days or less with our step-by-step guide. We’ll break it down into 40 easy tasks, one for each day. By following this guide, you’ll be able to declutter and organize every room in your house! Let’s get started on 40 days to home organization and cleanliness.
1. Go through your dressers
Most of us have “that drawer.” You know the one – it’s crammed full of clothes that you never wear, but for some reason can’t seem to get rid of. If your dresser is starting to look like this, it’s time for a purge. Getting rid of clothes that you no longer wear is not only good for your wardrobe, but it can also be good for your mental health. A recent study found that decluttering your closet can lead to decreased anxiety and improved self-esteem. So, next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, start by going through your dressers and getting rid of any clothing that is worn out, too big or too small, and stuff you just don’t wear anymore. Not only will your wardrobe thank you, but your mind will as well.
2. Go through your hanging clothing
As anyone who has ever cleaned out a closet knows, it can be a daunting task. Suddenly, all of your clothes are piled on the floor, and it can be overwhelming to try to sort through everything. However, purging your closet doesn’t have to be stressful. By taking a few simple steps, you can quickly get your closet organized and back in tip-top shape.
First, start by pulling everything out of the closet. This may seem like a counterintuitive step, but it’s actually essential. You need to be able to see all of your clothes in order to decide what to keep and what to purge. Once everything is out in the open, take a close look at each item. Consider whether you’ve worn it in the past year, whether it still fits well, and whether you love it. If the answer to any of those questions is no, then it’s time to say goodbye.
Next, group similar items together. This will make it easier to put everything back into the closet in an organized way. For example, put all of your shirts together, all of your pants together, etc. Once you’ve sorted everything into groups, start hanging items back up in the closet.
3. Get rid of any “extras” on top of your dressers
Take a look around your bedroom. Is every surface cluttered with clothes, books, and other miscellaneous items? If so, it’s time to declutter your dresser top. Start by removing anything that doesn’t belong on a dresser, such as stacks of paper or dirty laundry. Once you’ve cleared off the excess, give everything a good dusting. Be sure to get into all the nooks and crannies, as dust can quickly accumulate in these areas. Once you’re finished, you should feel a sense of relief-and your bedroom will look much neater as well.
4. Clean out your kitchen cabinets
First, you have to remove everything from the cabinets and drawers, then sort through all of the items to decide what to keep and what to get rid of. Next, you need to give the cabinets and drawers a good cleaning before putting everything back in a neat and orderly fashion. However, taking the time to do this can be well worth it in the end. A clean and organized kitchen is more efficient and it can make cooking and meal prep much easier. Plus, it can help to prevent pests such as rodents and insects from taking up residence in your kitchen.
5. Clear off your kitchen counters
One of the easiest ways to make your kitchen look neater and more organized is to clear off your counters. Get rid of any clutter that’s accumulated, and wipe down any and all appliances and knick-knacks. This will help give the illusion of a cleaner, more spacious kitchen. Let’s move on to day 6 of 40 days to home organization and cleanliness…
6. Organize your pantry
A well-organized pantry can be a lifesaver when you’re trying to find ingredients for a recipe or whip up a last-minute meal. But if your pantry is anything like mine, it probably needs a little TLC from time to time. To get started, empty out all of the shelves and give them a good wipe down. Then, check expiration dates and toss anything that’s past its prime. Once you’ve Purged the shelves, it’s time to put everything back in a way that makes sense. For example, I like to keep all of my spices together on one shelf, and group all of the baking supplies together on another. That way, I know exactly where to look when I need something. A little effort upfront can go a long way in keeping your pantry tidy and organized.
7. Look through your cd’s, dvd’s, video games, and any other electronics
It is amazing how quickly cd’s, dvd’s, video games, and other electronics can accumulate and cause major clutter in your living room. Not only are they an eyesore, but they can also be a tripping hazard. To get rid of the clutter, go through your collection and get rid of anything that is not being used. If you have a lot of movies or games that you never watch or play, consider donating them to a local library or thrift store. You’ll be surprised how much better your living room will look without all the clutter. Plus, it will be one less thing to keep dusting!
8. Go through your book collection
As anyone who loves books can attest, it’s all too easy for a book collection to spiral out of control. Before you know it, your shelves are overloaded and your nightstand is stacked high with unread volumes. If you find yourself in this situation, it’s time to take a hard look at your book collection and consider decluttering. One great way to do this is to gift books to your friends or donate them to a local library. Not only will this free up some much-needed space, but it will also allow others to enjoy the books that you no longer have use for. So go through your collection and choose a few books to share with others. You’ll be glad you did.
9. Purge any unwanted items from your bathroom cabinets
We all know the feeling of rummaging through our bathroom cabinets, looking for something we need, only to find a huge mess of half-empty bottles, extra toothbrushes, and expired medication. Sound familiar? If so, it might be time for a purge. Getting rid of unwanted items not only clears up physical space, but it can also help to reduce clutter and promote feelings of relaxation. So where do you start? Begin by taking everything out of your cabinets and sorting it into three piles: keep, donate, and trash. Then, take a close look at each item in the keep pile and decide if it’s truly necessary. Once you’ve narrowed things down, put everything back in an organized way that makes sense to you. And voila! You’ve just decluttered your bathroom cabinets – and your life.
10. Clear off your bathroom countertops
A cluttered bathroom counter can be a real eyesore. Fortunately, it’s easy to get rid of the mess with just a little bit of effort. First, clear off all of the items on the counter. Throw away anything that you don’t need or use anymore. Next, wipe down all of the surfaces, including the countertops, backsplash and walls around the sink. Be sure to get rid of any soap scum or mildew that has built up. Finally, put all of your necessary items back on the counters in an organized way. With just a few minutes of work, you can have a clean and clutter-free bathroom countertop!
11. Organize your linen closet
A well-organized linen closet can make your life a lot easier. After all, who wants to spend time rummaging through a cluttered space looking for a matching set of sheets? Fortunately, it’s not too difficult to achieve an orderly closet. Start by getting rid of any items that are stained or that you no longer use. Then, fold everything neatly and consider labeling the shelves or tubs that contain sheet sets. This will help you find what you need quickly and efficiently. With a little effort, you can transform your linen closet into a tidy and organized space.
12. Sort through your mail and bills
Every day, your mailbox is stuffed with junk mail, coupons, and bills. Sifting through it all can be a pain, but it’s important to sort through your mail and bills regularly. Otherwise, you might miss an important piece of mail or end up paying late fees. Luckily, sorting through your mail is quick and easy. Just set aside a few minutes each day to go through your mail. File away the bills and other important documents. Shred any junk mail or personal information that you don’t need. And recycling the rest. Before you know it, your mailbox will be empty and your desk will be clutter-free.
13. File away any important papers and keepsakes
One of the best ways to declutter your home is to file away any important papers and keepsakes. This way, you can get rid of the physical clutter while still keeping the items that are important to you. For papers, you can either shred them or keep them in a filing cabinet. For keepsakes, you can either put them in a box or frame them and hang them up. Either way, by decluttering your home, you will be able to better enjoy your space.
14. Clean out your fridge and freezer
Most of us have had that moment where we open the fridge or freezer and are confronted with a scene of total chaos. Food has been shoved to the back and forgotten, ice has built up, and there may even be some signs of mold. If this sounds all too familiar, it’s time for a cleaning session. Starting with an empty fridge will make it easier to spot expiration dates, clean nooks and crannies, and organize your food so that you can easily find what you’re looking for. The same goes for your freezer – a little bit of time spent decluttering and organizing can make a big difference in how well your freezer works.
15. Wipe down all surfaces in the kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of the home, where memories are made and laughter is shared. It’s also a place where germs can quickly spread, which is why it’s important to keep all surfaces clean. A quick wipe down after each meal can help to prevent the build-up of bacteria, and it only takes a few minutes. Start by wiping down the counters, then move on to the stovetop and sink.
16. Clean the stove and microwave
When it comes to keeping your kitchen clean, two of the most important appliances to focus on are your stove and microwave. Both of these appliances get a lot of use, which means they can quickly become dirtied with spills and splatters. However, with a little regular cleaning, you can keep them looking like new. Start by cleaning the stovetop after each use. Wipe up any spills with a damp cloth, and then use a stove cleaner to remove any stubborn dirt or grime. Once a week, give your stove a more thorough cleaning by taking all the removable parts off and scrubbing them in hot soapy water. Don’t forget to clean the inside of the oven as well! As for your microwave, aim to wipe it down after each use. This will help to prevent food from hardening and becoming difficult to remove. Once a week, give it a deeper clean by taking out the turntable and wiping it down with hot soapy water. With a little time and effort, you can keep your stove and microwave sparkling clean.
17. Dust all surfaces in the living room
It’s time to dust off all the surfaces in the living room. Start with the baseboards and work your way up. Don’t forget to dust the ceiling fan and light fixtures! Then move on to furniture, starting with the bookshelves and end tables. Don’t forget to dust under the couch and chairs!
18. Vacuum the floors in the living room
Time to break out the Riccar vacuums! When cleaning the living room, be sure to vacuum the floors thoroughly, including around the baseboards, behind the couch, and under any furniture. This will help to remove any dust, dirt, and debris that has built up over time. If possible, vacuum in both directions to ensure that all dirt is picked up. Be careful not to scratch the floor as you move the vacuum around. Once you’re finished vacuuming, take a damp cloth and wipe down any surfaces that may have been missed. This will leave your living room looking and feeling clean and refreshed.
19. Clean all windows and mirrors
It’s important to have clean windows and mirrors. Not only will it help you see clearly, but it will also make your home look more inviting from the outside. Start by dusting all surfaces with a soft cloth. Then, use a glass cleaner to remove any streaks or fingerprints. For extra shine, you can also polish the glass with a dryer sheet. Be sure to work in small sections so that the cleaner doesn’t have a chance to dry out.
20. Put away any items that don’t belong in the living room
You have made it half way through our 40 days to home organization and cleanliness! The living room is one of the most important rooms in the house. It’s where we relax, entertain guests, and spend time with our families. As such, it’s important to keep it tidy and organized. One way to do this is to put away any items that don’t belong in the living room. This might include Toys, clothes, books, and knick-knacks. By keeping the living room clutter-free, you can make it a more inviting and enjoyable space for everyone to enjoy.
21. Dust all surfaces throughout the home
Dust is one of those things that seems to appear out of nowhere. No matter how often you clean, there always seems to be a thin layer of dust on surfaces. While it may not seem like a big deal, dust can actually be quite harmful. Dust mites are tiny creatures that thrive in dusty environments. They are too small to be seen with the naked eye, but they can cause a variety of problems, including asthma and allergies. In addition, dust can also contain harmful toxins that can be inhaled, causing respiratory problems. For these reasons, it is important to make a habit of dusting all surfaces throughout the home on a regular basis. A few minutes of dusting each day can make a big difference in your health and the cleanliness of your home.
22. Vacuum the floors in the bedroom
Most people think that vacuuming is just a matter of running the vacuum over the visible surface of the floor. However, if you really want to get your floors clean, you need to do more than just skim the surface. You need to move furniture and vacuum in all the cracks and crevices. You also need to vacuum under the bed and dressers.
23. Vacuum the couch
Most of us spend a lot of time on our couches-watching TV, reading, chatting on the phone, or taking a nap. Over time, the couch can become dusty and covered in crumbs. Not only is this unsightly, but it can also attract pests like mice and insects. To keep your couch looking and feeling fresh, it’s important to vacuum it regularly. Vacuuming not only removes dirt and debris, but it also helps to dislodge any dirt that has become embedded in the fabric. For best results, vacuum your couch at least once a week. And if you have pets, you may need to vacuum more often to remove pet hair.
24. Dust ceiling fans
One option is to simply dust the blades with a microfiber cloth. This will help to remove the majority of the dust and will also help to prevent it from flying around your room when you turn on the fan.
Another option is to wash the blades in soapy water. This will remove any built-up dirt and grime and will also disinfect the blades. Just be sure to dry them thoroughly before turning on the fan.
Finally, you can use a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment to remove dust from the blades. This method is especially effective if your Blades are very dirty. Just be sure not to use too much suction, as this could damage the blades.
25. Clean all lamp shades and light coverings
Dust all of your lamp shades and light coverings, and replace any light bulbs that are burnt out or dim. This will not only brighten up your home, but it will also help you save on your energy bill.
26. Dust all baseboards
Baseboards are often one of the first places that dirt and dust accumulate. However, they are also one of the most difficult areas to clean. Reaching high up to dust can be a challenge, and getting down on your hands and knees to scrub can be tedious. Fortunately, there are a few tricks that can help make the job easier. First, use a damp cloth to dust rather than a dry one. This will help to trap the dust instead of just moving it around. Second, use a microfiber cloth or mop head to reach into hard-to-reach corners. Lastly, consider using an electrostatic duster, which will charge the dust and help it stick to the cloth rather than floating back into the air.
27. Wash dirt off walls
One of the most important things you can do to keep your home clean is to wash dirt off walls. This is especially important around door frames and light switches, as these are areas where dirt and grime tend to accumulate. There are a few different ways you can wash dirt off walls, but one of the simplest is to just use a damp cloth. Start by dusting the area with a dry cloth to remove any loose dirt, then wet the cloth and wipe down the area. You may need to use a little bit of elbow grease to get tough stains, but if you keep at it, you should be able to get the area clean. Another option is to use a mild cleaning solution, such as detergent or vinegar diluted in water. Just be sure to test the solution on a small area first to make sure it won’t damage the paint or finish on your walls.
28. Put away any items that don’t belong in the bedroom
A bedroom should be a haven from the outside world, a place to relax and unwind. But too often, bedrooms become a dumping ground for clothes, shoes, toys, and other items that don’t belong. Not only is this clutter unsightly, but it can also make it difficult to relax. If your bedroom is cluttered, take some time to sort through the items and put away anything that doesn’t belong. You’ll be surprised how much more serene your space will feel once the clutter is gone.
29. Wipe down doors
You know when you wake up in the morning and the sun is shining in through your windows, and you can see all the dust particles floating around in the air? Well, those dust particles settle on surfaces – like your doors. So, every once in a while, it’s a good idea to wipe down your doors with a damp cloth to get rid of the dirt and dust. Not only will this help to keep your home clean, but it will also help to reduce the amount of allergens in the air. And who doesn’t want that?
30. Go through your medicine cabinet
Most of us have a medicine cabinet full of pills and potions that we’ve been stockpiling for years. And while it’s always a good idea to be prepared for a cold or minor injury, it’s important to go through your medications on a regular basis and get rid of anything that has expired. Expired medications can lose their effectiveness and, in some cases, become dangerous. So next time you’re looking for a band-aid or some cough syrup, take a few minutes to sort through your stash and get rid of anything that’s past its expiration date. Your body will thank you for it!
31. Sort through toys
Time to sort through the piles of toys that have accumulated over the past 12 months and decide what to keep and what to donate. If your children are anything like mine, they will have outgrown a lot of their toys and will be eager to get rid of them. But before you start packing up boxes for Goodwill, take a moment to consider which toys are worth keeping and which ones can be passed on.
32. Weed out games and puzzles
Games and puzzles can be a fun way to pass the time, but they can also be a source of frustration if they’re incomplete or never used. If you’re honest with yourself, you probably have a few games and puzzles gathering dust on a shelf somewhere that fit into one (or both) of those categories. Don’t feel bad – it happens to the best of us. But now is the time to weed those games and puzzles out. There’s no use keeping them around if they’re just going to take up space and collect dust. So, take a few minutes to sort through your collection, and get rid of anything that’s missing pieces or that you never play.
33. Dust blinds
The blinds in your home probably don’t get a lot of attention, but they can be a real dust trap. It is important to make sure the blinds are clean. You can do this by dusting them regularly with a microfiber cloth or by vacuuming them with the brush attachment. If they are really dirty, you may need to wash them. This is best done by removing the blinds and taking them outside to hose them down. Once they are dry, you can rehang them and enjoy your fresh, new look.
34. Wipe out window cills
If your windows are looking a little grimey, it’s probably time to break out the cleaning supplies. Window sills are a common spot for dust, dirt, and bugs to accumulate, so giving them a good wipe down on a regular basis is important. The best way to clean window sills is to start by removing any loose debris with a dust brush or vacuum attachment. Once the big stuff is gone, you can move on to scrubbing the sills with soap and water. For tough stains, you may need to use a stronger cleaner. Just be sure to test it in an inconspicuous spot first to avoid damaging the finish.
35. Go through shoes
We all have those pairs of shoes that we never wear but can’t seem to get rid of. Or the ones that we wear all the time but are falling apart. Every season, it’s a good idea to go through your shoes and get rid of the ones that you don’t need or that are too worn out to continue wearing. This will declutter your closet and make it easier to find the shoes you actually want to wear.
36. Dust walls and wipe down everything in the laundry room
Dust can accumulate quickly in this room due to the dryer vent, so it’s important to dust the walls and wipe down all surfaces regularly. You might also want to consider vacuuming the floor to keep things extra clean.
37. Purge jewelry and other accessories
Every now and then, it’s a good idea to go through your jewelry box and purge the pieces you no longer wear. Donate them to a local charity or sell them online. It’s also a good idea to get rid of any purses or ties that you no longer use. If you have a collection of ties, narrow it down to the ones you actually wear. The same goes for purses. Keep only the ones you use on a regular basis. This will streamline your accessories and make getting dressed in the morning easier. Plus, it will free up some much-needed space in your closet.
38. Wash all blankets
Most of us probably don’t think about washing our blankets very often, but it’s actually something that should be done on a regular basis. Not only do blankets tend to collect dust and other allergens, but they can also start to smell musty over time. A good rule of thumb is to wash all blankets at least once per season. If you have pets or suffer from allergies, you may need to wash them more frequently. The best way to clean a blanket is to use the gentle cycle on your washing machine, and then air dry it or tumble dry on low heat. This will help preserve the fabric and prevent shrinkage. Giving your blankets a good cleaning will leave your bedrooms feeling fresh and clean – and looking great, too!
39. Wash curtains
Most curtains and drapes are made from materials that can be safely machine-washed, so you can throw them in with the rest of your laundry. Just be sure to check the care label first to confirm that the fabric is machine-washable. And if you’re worried about shrinkage, you can always air-dry the curtains or drapes instead of using the dryer. On to the last day of 40 days to home organization and cleanliness!!
40. Wash Rugs and Carpet
Rugs and carpets are important pieces in any home. Not only do they add comfort and style, but they also play an important role in protecting flooring from dirt, debris, and foot traffic. To keep them looking their best, it’s important to wash them on a regular basis. Carpet cleaning machines are a great option for DIY-minded homeowners, as they can be rented or purchased for a relatively low cost. However, for those who don’t want to deal with the hassle of cleaning their own carpets, professional carpet cleaning companies offer a convenient and effective alternative. Whichever route you choose, regular carpet cleaning will help to extend the life of your rugs and carpets and keep your home looking its best.
In 40 days, you can have a more organized home by following these simple tips. Whether you’re looking to declutter your closet or just give everything a good cleaning, these tips will help you get the job done.