Get Your Home Ready for the Holidays: 28 Day Challenge – Days 3 + 4
On Saturday’s throughout the 28 day challenge, we'll post both the Saturday and Sunday challenges. Here’s what’s on tap for this weekend!
Rather than tackling a big organizing project (like a storage area that guests won’t see), today is about dealing with the clutter that’s in your face (and potentially in the faces of guests in your home). I like to call this plucking the “low-hanging fruit.” It’s easy to get to, and dealing with it gives you a lot of bang for your buck!
Prioritize your decluttering based on what’s urgent and important in your home and upcoming life events. If you have guests coming for Thanksgiving, then focus your decluttering efforts on the shared public spaces or the guest room. On the other hand, if you don’t have any guests scheduled to come for the holidays, but have two kids with holiday season birthdays (like me!), focus on the kids toys and / or closets for your pre-holiday decluttering.
Once you identify your space, set your timer for fifteen minutes. Then carry a handful (or decluttering container full!) of things out of the room that you’re decluttering (where the items don’t belong) and take them to the room where they do belong. Then, put the items away, where they go. If you come across things you’re ready to donate, drop them into a donation bag or box. Then, see how much clutter you can clear out before your fifteen minutes are up!
Keep in mind you can spend more than fifteen minutes decluttering. If you get on a roll and want to keep going, by all means keep on going! But I always encourage my workshop participants to stop while they’re still craving a bit more, instead of working to the point of exhaustion. (Remember, we're only on Day 3. You want to pace yourself!)
Day 4: Dust Cobwebs + Clean Cold Air Returns
A realtor once told Jennifer that we don’t often look up in our own homes, but we almost always look up when we go into someone else’s home. Have you found that to be true, too? (I think I do that!) Today, in the spirit of getting your home guest-ready, walk around your home with a feather duster or vacuum cleaner, and keep looking up. Look for cobwebs in corners, ceilings, window ledges and light fixtures. Once you have those areas taken care of, use those same tools to clean your cold air returns. The inflow of air tends to make dust congregate on these vents. Not only is it unsightly, but it also causes your furnace to operate less efficiently.
Ah, doesn’t that feel better?
Be sure to tell us about your progress in the comments! We look forward to hearing from you.
Happy holiday prepping!