Quarantined Clutter

Making the most of your time at home during COVID-19

By Pamela Crooks, Realtor: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty April 2, 2020

You have spent a lot of time at home lately… And not by choice! At first you maybe thought ‘this is great- some time off’. Now you’re wondering what to do with yourself.

Have you attempted to clean, or just wanted to, but not sure where to start? 

Come on! Let’s do some tidying up.

First of all grab a few BIG garbage bags. Black garbage bags are the best. Your kids can’t see what you're throwing in them. They are perfect to donate items to Goodwill, The Salvation Army, Mom’s House, or your charity of choice that will accept donations.

The bathroom: Let’s start with the smallest room of the house. When was the last time that you cleaned and organized underneath the sink? This is a great place to start. Throw out the old shampoo bottles and whatever else you have under there that you haven’t touched in a long time! Wipe out the area and only put the necessities back under there. So many times we think "oh I’ll use that later", yet you never do. Keep your toilet paper under the sink (that’s if you were lucky enough to grab some off the shelves). No use keeping it in the hall closet and then always running out. Do you keep your toothpaste and toothbrushes under the sink? Why not put them in a little container right in front. That way you get the clutter off the counter and keep it nice and empty. Perhaps just put a box of tissues on the sink. It will look better instantly.

The hall closet: Towels and sheets. And more towels and more sheets. How many does one family actually need? Do you still have your good towels from your wedding that you’ve never used? It’s time to break them loose. No need to save them for a special occasion- life is a special occasion. Organize in a way that’s easily accessible to grab a towel when needed. How many pairs of sheets do you really need? TWO. Definitely no more than three.  Pick out your favorites. It’s time to donate the old ones.

Laundry room: This may be a small space too-easy to tidy up! Throw out old cleaners and starches that are expired. Do you have a sock basket? This is where all the lonely socks have been shoved over the years in hopes to be reunited with their mate. Time to see what matches up and any leftovers get tossed.  No need to save them. Garbage. Follow this handy tip from Macaroni Kid Johnstown-Laurel Highlands-Altoona to keep your socks under control in the future. 

Your bedroom: This should be your sanctuary. Make sure you’re still fixing your bed every morning it will give you a great sense of accomplishment even if you don’t leave the house. Time to clean out your drawers. No, you really don’t need all the socks and underwear that you currently have. And neither does your spouse. Start by going through the drawers and keeping only your favorites. And for heaven sake‘s, don’t think that you will sew the ones that have holes in them. To the garbage they go. Clean under the bed. There’s no need to clutter that space up. Go through your closet and throw out what you don’t need, want, or like. Do it.

The kitchen:  This may require a whole day to tackle itself. Every drawer. Every cupboard. Empty them- but one at a time. If you get too much out on the counters you may get overwhelmed and then just quit and shove everything back. Wipe out each drawer and cupboard and then only put things back that you have used within the last year. No saving things for "someday".

Kids Bedrooms: Sighhhhhh. This is probably your biggest job to tackle. I’m guessing if your kids are like mine there are shirts in their closet that if they put them on today they would look like a "half" shirt! Enlist your child to clean out their room with you. Now the ease of this will vary with the age of your kid-so good luck.

By the time you get through all the rooms in your house, you will be ready to head back to work and everything will be clean!

Thinking of selling your home? Contact Pam!

Pamela Crooks, Realtor

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

The Preferred Realty

Mobile: 814.241.8379

Office: 814.701.4084



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