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Superior Habitat would like to present the official Superior Habitat Fall Housekeeping Guide. Each day this week Ms. Superiority will share simple, superior housekeeping ideas that she uses (borrowed and stolen from other sources) to get you “fall” into a superior home routine! Monday is Day One, the start of the easiest housekeeping routine ever. By Saturday, I can guarantee that your house will be the cleanest it’s ever been (or, at least on the way to it by the end of the month). There is a great article to check out from Martha Stewart Living “100 Reasons to Get Rid of It”. My favorite is #3: “80% of what we own we never use.” And actually even better, #50 “Getting rid of clutter will reduce housework by 40 percent.”

Today is easy. We are going to go over a couple of simple steps to keep you tidy and organized throughout the week. This is a quick checklist to go over every single day. After a week, it will feel like second nature; truly this is more of a habit builder than a checklist.

  1. Make your bed in the morning (if you are following the 15 Minute Rule (see #10) at night, there are no clothes hanging on the closet door, everything else has been tidied up before you go to bed, so this is all you have to do to leave a sparkling clean bedroom).
  2. Hang up your coat and put away your shoes every time you come home.
  3. Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink AND when the clean dishes are dried, put them away.
  4. Read the newspapers online and save money, the environment and your sanity with all those daily newspapers littering your space! (Or stick to a Sunday paper only).
  5. Sort the mail every day. I take my junk mail to work and shred it there first thing in the morning.
  6. Follow the “one-minute rule” – push yourself to do any chore that takes less than one minute. Close the cabinet door, put your dirty socks in the hamper, and hang up your wet towel. (From Unclutterer.com)
  7. Pause for a moment before you “store” something. Storing something means you don’t intend to use it much. Other than holiday decorations and seasonal clothes, you should strive to “store” as little as possible. (From Unclutterer.com – great idea. Only store seasonal clothing and holiday decorations. Everything else should be an active part of your life or be donated to a charity!)
  8. If it’s broken, and you know if can be replaced, toss it (not just whether or not you WANT to spend the money for it later). You don’t have to replace it now, but just rejoice in the fact that you will always be able to buy a new picture frame.
  9. Don’t keep any piece of paper unless you know that you actually need it. Remember the internet! If you can easily find information online, you don’t need to keep a hard copy. (From Unclutterer.com)
  10. My average day includes following the 15 Minute Rule at the end of every evening to be sure that at a quick glance, everything is in its place before bed. Don’t go crazy reorganizing the sock drawer – now is certainly not the time – but putting away the pants you wore today, dirty clothes in the laundry bin and putting dishes in the dishwasher will make a difference.

Right before bed, I run around folding blankets, washing dishes, wiping the coffee table. 15 minutes is literally almost every commercial break in half hour time slot – totally doable. It’s always nice to come home to a neat house and even better to bring home friends to a clean house. If you follow the 15 Minute Rule every night for a week – you will be hooked. I guarantee it. Good Morning Sunshine is the post that includes my morning routine as well. I am not perfect, these are all goals I strive towards, but there are plenty of times when I stay on the coach watching the new 90210 refusing to bring my dirty dishes into the kitchen. Do what you can; every little bit helps!

Just added – from ZenHabits.net: 15 Great Decluttering Tips