tammy forrest
RE/MAX First
8820 Blackfoot Trail SE #115
Calgary, AB
T2J 3J1 CA
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Every time I walk through my front door to find my house immaculately clean I find myself automatically distressed, content and happy.

Now, don’t get me wrong, my house is usually clean. However, we have so much “family traffic” that unless you have someone cleaning up through out the day every day, it’s impossible to have it always looking spotless.

Follow these simple steps only 15 minutes a day to have your house organized in 20 days or less.

No one plans to fail, we just fail to plan.

1. Make a plan of what needs to be done for the next 14 days.

Write down what supplies you will need such as boxes, containers, trash bags.

2. Start with the highest trafficking area such as your kitchen counter.

Most of the stuff on the counters gets there because we are too lazy to put it in the proper place to begin with.

For the next 15 minutes examine your counters and see if anything can be put away or tossed, such as junk mail, or stuff you no longer need. Don’t save it, TRASH IT.

If you can make your counters clutter free, every time you walk into the kitchen you’ll have a feeling of accomplishment.

If your counters are clean, skip to the next day.

3. The Hidden Drawer.

We all have them and they are usually filled with mostly junk that we haven’t used and need to toss.

For the next 15 minutes go through each drawer and after you are done tossing all the junk, arrange everything neatly.

Continue to the next drawer until every drawer in your kitchen has been done.

This is a great exercise to do with your teenage kids. I remember once I had three of them doing different drawers, and we were actually done with all of them in half in a hour.

4. Don’t forget the cupboards.

Your cabinets need order too.

It’s always a good idea to keep your shelves organized by a certain product.

For instance you should have shelves separately for: Canned goods.  Pasta and Rice.  Cereals and Breakfast Products. Oils and Spices .

Keep in mind that you need to organize your shelves in the order

you use them. Place the most frequently used items in the most conveniently used shelf.


5. Now it’s time for your Fridge Door.

I love my kids too, but enough with their projects, notes, and all kinds of phone numbers plastered all over the fridge door.

Strip everything from your fridge door and watch your kitchen shine.

This is also a good time to check your freezer and throw away old frozen meats, poultry, etc.

Inside the fridge you should have everything that you will use. Get rid of anything that has been there for over two or three weeks that haven’t been used.

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