Monday, March 30th, 2020

Cleaning & Organizing Tips for When You’re Under a Stay-at-Home Order

So we’re ordered to stay home. Let’s make the best of it and work through also making the best of all the little nooks and crannies in your life. We teamed up with Kristen Jackson from Keller Williams to come up with these tips: 


1. Practice Target Hygiene


Clean items that are repeatedly touched more often. That includes faucet handles,TV remotes, electronics, doorknobs, and  house keys. It’s also a good idea to wash your hand towels more regularly. 


2. Wash Your Reusable Bags


First of all, your reusable bags probably need a wash anyways (the recommendation is every 2-3 uses) but it’s especially important now that you may have picked something up along with your groceries. Throw them in the washer and then air dry. Another tip; never put your bags on your counter after you return from your shopping trip (unless you’re going to be religious about disinfecting afterwards). 


3. Clean your Kitchen & Living Room More Often


When you’re spending all your time at home, these two rooms tend to get the most damage. Make sure you’re keeping both areas clean – doing the dishes, picking up stray items, etc. 


4. Manage your Workspace


If WFH is new for you, this is especially important. You’ll be more productive with a clean workspace so at the very minimum, give it a clean before you start your week, otherwise take the time to clean up at the end of every workday. 


5. Declutter


Now’s the perfect time to Marie Kondo your house and get rid of anything you don’t need. Everything is either classified as Keep, Donate/Recycle, or Throw Away. Put your donations together so they’re ready to go as soon as the stay-at-home order is lifted. 


6. Don’t Forget to Declutter Your Digital Devices!


Tackle your (digital) overflowing inbox, clean up the thousands of photos you have saved on your phone, and delete unused apps.


7. Financial Declutter


One more place to declutter – go through your finances and see what you can cut. Do you have any forgotten monthly subscriptions (those $1.99 app store charges add up!) or a recurring service you’re not using right now? Get rid of it!


8. Clean out your fridge & pantry


Channel your inner Chopped and get creative with the food you already have. You can probably eke out a few more meals than you thought before you need to brave the lines at the grocery store. If you can’t find a use for any items, consider donating them to a food pantry that may be in need right now. 


9. Call your friends


OK, this is not really a cleaning tip but really, everyone you know wants to hear from you. It doesn’t matter how long it’s been since you last talked, check in with them. They’ll appreciate it. This is what they’ll remember about this time years from now – who cared.

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