Riots are different: for example, the apartment just hasn’t been cleaned for a long time, hasn’t been vacuumed or dusted, things are lying around in some places, and there is a forgotten Cup of coffee in the living room. It is easy to restore cleanliness in this case: a couple of hours — and everything will be at its best!
Chronic disorder is quite another matter. This is a serious diagnosis. In such a house, you can not immediately clean up, even the floor can not be properly washed — at every step something is lying, the window sills are forced “to the eyeballs”. In the entire apartment, you can not find a single free surface, everything is covered with things, and the top is also covered with dust. The owners of such impassable “jungle” hesitate to invite guests, and they themselves are not averse to running away from home on occasion. From the outside, it may seem that the house was given up at all. In fact, its owners are dejected, but do not find the strength and time to overcome the devastation. And the problem is getting bigger.
If chronic clutter is about your home, don’t despair! Whatever the scale of the disaster, the human mind can overcome chaos — at least within a single apartment.
Some people look down on domestic disassembly, considering it an occupation that does not require intellectual and creative efforts. They are greatly mistaken. To restore order in the apartment, you will first have to think about it. Building a really logical and convenient system in a small space is a real puzzle.Find [and write] all the problems
The easiest way to see the running mess in photos. Let’s take a smartphone and take a picture of each room in four angles, so that every fragment of the wall enters. We begin to look at photos and record everything that is chronically out of place.
Determine the order of work
We should get a detailed list of everything that we do not like in the house. Mentally divide each room into zones and understand what problems exist in each of them. The mess in the kitchen is too General a thesis, we will indicate what exactly is bothering us. For example, a mountain of bills, receipts and all sorts of incomprehensible pieces of paper on the table mixed with your favorite newspaper and cookies.
Now we will try to understand why the mess is formed in this place. Most likely, the bills are stuck here because the apartment does not have a special “information” center where you can store receipts and maintain business documentation.
The result of this analysis will be a list of items in two categories.
First, we put things that objectively do not have enough convenient storage space. We will return to them later.
In the second record, which surfaces are forced / filled up / cluttered. But at the same time, things have a permanent place on them. We’ll start cleaning from here.
Marking the time limits
We decide how much time we can devote to dismantling the apartment painlessly for business and mood, make a schedule and try to adhere to it.
Even 2-3 hours a week is already good, you can do a lot of things. The main thing here is not to get bogged down “in showdowns” for the whole weekend. Any processing on the home front — and our plan may be thwarted.
Tip: Stop on time! To do this, start the timer on your smartphone or kitchen stove.
We start with the mess that is visible
First of all, we are fighting with large blockages that lie in plain sight. We analyze areas of eternal disorder: surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, hallway. A cluttered table, chest of drawers, or chair where clothing accumulates — these are found in almost every home. It is the mess in sight that upsets the most, because it always blisters the eyes.
Important: Don’t add clutter in the early stages! If you start dismantling the cabinets and shake them all out, the visual clutter will only grow. You will waste time, get tired and will not see any result.
Sort by removing
We leave for cleaning with three bags: “give”, “throw away”, “fix”.
Things that make up the blockage, we sort through and sort by type or category, simultaneously throwing out at least something that can be sent to the trash can without thinking. In a separate category, we select good things that we no longer need to figure out how to get rid of them more profitably: just throw them away, give them away, or, say, sell them.
Stay on course
Usually cleaning is like a tangle: one problem drags another. They carried the sweater lying on the chair to the closet, and there was another mountain. We begin to disassemble it, completely forgetting about the chair.
Let’s make it a rule not to spray or clean multiple areas at the same time, no matter how much we want to.
Important: whatever part of the apartment we take to disassemble, everything you need should be at hand. Garbage bags, bags, boxes or folders for sorting paper, as well as a rag, a broom with a dustpan or a vacuum cleaner, so that, taking advantage of a rare case, immediately clean the vacant area. Otherwise, go to the bathroom for a rag, but on the way decide to check your mail, and there Facebook, friends — in General, everything is gone.
Creating a new system
Why are blockages formed? There are objective reasons for a chronic mess. Laziness as a reason is not included in this list, although it could be in the top three.
The first reason: some types of things don’t have their own place.
Second: there are more things than storage places.
Third: storage spaces are inconvenient-they are located in the wrong place, do not open well, etc.
To identify and overcome these causes is our main task after the visible blockages are eliminated.
Let’s go back to the list of things we don’t like about the house. Let’s look at each room again for problem areas. Is the Laundry drying in the middle of the living room? There is no place to remove the Ironing Board — things settle on it? Nowhere to hang your keys or put your bag at the entrance? Too lazy to fold the dryer after removing the Laundry? For each type of item, whether it’s beads or unpaid receipts, you need to find a single permanent place. Ideally, each shelf or cell should also have its own unique function.
Reducing the number of movements
For example, it is known that if you want to move the door and pull out the drawer of the Cabinet, it is likely that the person will not close the door back — this requires more than two actions.
What is the conclusion?
You need to design storage systems so that you only need to perform one action (put the bag, pull out the drawer at the same time as opening the furniture facade). This is often the way kitchen sections with internal drawers are made.
It is necessary to place storage boxes on the aisle: so that things can not be left untidy, and structures disassembled. In the example with drying in the photo above, you simply will not be able to pass through the door to the next room.
Reducing the number of items
If the allotted space is clearly not enough, for example, for all the pots and pans that are in the house, and there is no place to expand the boundaries, you will have to part with some of the utensils.
Important: if there are more types of items than shelves, hooks, dividers, containers, or boxes will help. Do not buy them in reserve — buy for things that are inconvenient to store!
Think about what kind of storage devices and how much you need, and then go to the store. You should not buy containers and baskets just for the occasion — there is a chance that they will add to the list of unnecessary purchases.
Some will think this is “too much”, but storage spaces, from baskets to shelves and cells, are very useful to sign or visually label, so that any family member can easily maintain the system.
And even if the economic crisis comes again, it will be much easier to restore order.
The system is there, but it doesn’t work
The storage location should be where the item is most often used.
So that the bed does not accumulate a mountain of magazines and books, put a couple of shelves next to it or free up a drawer in the nightstand, because we will not regularly carry books to another room where there is a rack. It’s also better to keep clean towels in the bathroom, rather than in a closet on the other side of the apartment. There are many such absurdities in every household. Think about how to overcome them.
After we have created the system, we need to develop the habit of maintaining it every day: 10-15 minutes each day should be enough to put everything in place. They say that in order for any action to become a habit, you need to hold out for 21 days — and then everything will go like clockwork.
Taking “Before / After” pictures»
Unfortunately, it is impossible to restore order once for a lifetime. Seasons, classes, and lifestyles change, children grow up, and the system has to be changed. This is why there are General cleaning once a season. Don’t let this bother you.
Important: in order not to forget about your success, we will take photos “before” and “after” the reorganization. If you manage to set up a farm once, a successful experience will inspire future achievements.
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