Week 5 – Living Room, Dining Room, and All-Around Decluttering

It’s Week 5 of the Spring Cleaning Chapter of the Clever Girl Organizing Challenge. Each week, we’ll focus on activities that are going to help us get our homes in order, and to address those spaces that we know benefit from deep cleaning and proper maintenance. Our real estate, whether we rent or own, is typically the biggest investment we have. This chapter is all about making sure we’re taking care of our investment so that it can take care of us! 

Each week, I will outline:

  1. A SPACE to focus on (Kitchen, bathroom, living room, dining room, master bedroom, other bedrooms, home office/command center, outdoor spaces and miscellaneous)
  2. An ACTIVITY that you can do throughout the house (dusting, floor cleaning, windows, etc.) if you decided you’re going to want to do just one activity all week. 

And, you have a master list of all the items, so you can manage your own efforts during the chapter. 

Before we get into the challenge I want to talk a bit more about strategy. This week, I want to talk about Clutter Blindness

Clutter Blindness is a real thing. It’s when you stop noticing, even seeing the things that are around you. The items are on the surfaces, tucked in piles and in corners, and have settled in so long you don’t even see them anymore.Sometimes they’re intentionally placed, such as knickknacks on shelves. Sometimes they’re just piles that have collected. Why is this a problem?

  • You may be losing things of importance in these piles
  • When they do catch your eye, they can nag at you as something you’ve neglected, and cause you stress
  • They contribute to an atmosphere that allows the clutter to grow, since just a little more won’t make a difference


Tackling this clutter requires breaking out of your blindness to them and being extremely deliberate in your focus. You almost have to go out of your way to look around, slowly, and really analyze what is there, and why it is there. We’re working in the Living Room and Dining Room this week, and it is a perfect place to start trying out your focus on your clutter, and really see what you have around. As you begin to look at these spaces, consider reducing the clutter you come across, and being much more intentional at the decor and knickknacks around you. 

Now, off to this week’s assignment! 

Living Room Dining Room

 

SPACE CHALLENGE

This week, we’re off to the Living Room and Dining Room. Each of these spaces may be good spots for checking out your clutter blindness!  

What is on our list for these rooms? Here’s a list of some of the tasks for you to take on (and you should customize your list to fit your space): 

  • Clean baseboards
  • Dust molding and ceiling corners
  • Wash windows and sills
  • Clean window treatments
  • Dust or vacuum vents and fans
  • Clean light fixtures
  • Wipe all light bulbs
  • Wipe all the light switches
  • Wipe all the door knobs
  • Sweep, vacuum or wash floors 
  • Vacuum or wipe upholstered furniture (condition leather furniture)
  • Dust and polish wood furniture
  • Dust electronics (tidy up the cords, while you’re at it)
  • Dust all surfaces, including inside any hutch or cabinets 
  • Clean candles and candle holders
  • Clean any glass doors on cabinetry
  • Clean out fireplace or stove
  • Go through  and edit kids toys, entertainment items, or other collections that end up in the space
  • Polish furniture
  • Polish silver
  • Wash placemats, tablecloths, etc.
  • Dust all shelving, items on shelves, and wall hangings
  • Remove the items that don’t permanently live in here!

ACTIVITY CHALLENGE

This week, following from the Clutter Blindness awareness, we’re focusing on Decluttering surfaces throughout the house. In all the rooms in your home, walk around with a basket to collect things you’ll remove or rehome: 

  • Look on shelves, walls, and surfaces for those items that don’t belong there and should have a home elsewhere and put them away
  • Analyze your decor. What don’t you love anymore? What did you just place somewhere at some point, but never really felt a connection to it? Where have your tastes changed, but your decor hasn’t kept up with your style? 
  • Where are your surfaces cluttered with items that you don’t really need out all the time? 

 

Back to it! Check in with the Facebook Group for tips, motivation, support, and celebrations!