20 things to tidy? Doesn't that sound insane?!
Where to even start?... + the dreadful sight of the chaos halfway through. Oh my-lanta! (DJ Tanner reference for all my Full House fans).
EXCEPT.... it's totally doable with our method.
Not to mention your TA-DA list will look FAB! 💕
Give these 20 tasks a whirl.
Aim for 1 per day, or even 1 per week.
No need to overwhelm yourself.
Let us in on the magic by posting a Before & After pic.
Be sure to tag us #TC20toTidy so we can celebrate with you!
And if you just don't want to deal with any of this...give us a call :)
First thing is first.
We can easily spend hours decluttering, cleaning, organizing, looking for missing pieces of toys & gadgets, and immerse ourselves looking through photo albums we stumble across. No thank you!
SO.... to keep things short & moving along to complete the mission, your task will be to set a timer for 20 minutes for each of the below areas to tidy. Don’t go beyond that time! If you need or want more time on a particular area, make it a point to come back to that project on another day. The goal is to chizzle away at the visual chaos without getting trapped by taking everything apart and having it turn it into a 3-day mess-fest.
Once the timer is up, stop the task and move on to another one or go on with your day. Progress....not perfection! Just start.
Here we go:⠀
1) Set timer for 20 minutes⠀
2) For enclosed spaces: take the items out, spend 10 minutes on sorting through what you LOVE & want to keep, what to toss, what to donate/sell. ⠀
3) Wipe down surface⠀
4) Place items back in a new organized format.⠀
TIP: it looks much easier on the eyes + easier to access belongings when you can take items out of its original packaging & use a clear container/basket/bin.
20 areas to Tidy "in 20" are:
1) Makeup drawer/powder station
Toss unused or expired product.
Wipe down make up residue.
If you have time, wash your brushes.
2) Tupperware stash ⠀
Take all containers & lids out of their designated space.
Wipe down the surface.
Match all sets with their corresponding lids. If it's missing a lid, get rid of it.
Keep your favorites or more effective sets.
3) Underwear & socks ⠀
Gather all undergarments, tights, spanx, socks.
Toss out any with rips or holes.
Keep what you love.
Matching pairs are optional :)
4) Laundry room
Remove all items & accessories.
Add a rug or mat near the washer/dryer.
Vacuum or shake out existing rug.
Consolidate same-detergent if possible (pods, same brand, etc).
Put wash + fabric softner on one shelf/in one basket.
Put dryer sheets or dryer balls on another shelf/in another basket.
Put other sprays, stain removers, bleach in a separate basket as needed.
5) Arts & Crafts supplies ⠀
There's no right way to do this other than dump everything out on a tarp or large rag.
Toss out accessories & craft pieces that are missing caps, dried out, broken, etc.
Store markers, crayons, paints in their own containers/bins/supply caddies.
Place craft paper, canvases, coloring books, etc in a bin or dividers for easy access.
6) Office/Desk & Mail ⠀
This one could take longer than 20 minutes depending on the surface.
Take all items off the desk.
Toss out any trash or scraps.
Organize items into categories: stationary, papers to file/tend to, etc.
7) Color coordinate your closet ⠀
Take our everything from your closet and wardrobe.
Fold and hang according to use: bottoms, tops, dresses, casual, etc
Put back using the ROY G BIV color approach.
8) Empty & clean out purse/wallet ⠀
Dump out all items.
Toss or snap a pic of receipts that need filing.
Check coupons or gift card dates & value.
Put most used & needed items back in your bag.
9) Organize pantry
Take everything out. All of it.
Gather like-items in respective categories: baking, snacks, etc.
Make a bin/basket for each category.
Toss original packaging.
10) Compile your donation bin
Gather any clothes, toys, books, household items
& take it straight to the car...
and drive to the donation center.
11) Empty fridge & wipe down ⠀
Take everything out.
Toss anything that is expired or stale.
Wipe down the fridge or wash drawers/shelves.
Place items in dividers or organizers as needed.
12) Declutter & Reorganize linen closet
Take all items out of the linen closet.
Gather your towels, sheets, and other related items.
Fold or "roll" your towels.
Fold sheets & pillow cases all together.
Place items back neatly.
Each category should have its own shelf or bin.
13) Bathroom tub/toilet wipe down + drawers/cabinet ⠀
Take everything out of the bathtub and bathroom drawers/cabinets.
Give all the surfaces a wipe-down and sparkly cleaning.
Wipe off the product bottles (shampoo, body wash, etc).
Empty items from packaging for your drawers & cabinets.
Using small & narrow baskets will help keep items organized.
Place items back in their new/old home.
Batch items together (kids, adults, face, first aid, shower, etc).
14) Entertainment center
It's optional if you'd like to remove all electronic devices.
Organize all cords by zip tie/velcro.
Wipe down surfaces, shelves & drawers.
Wipe down devices, speakers, game consoles.
Sort through any movies or games to purge what is no longer used.
15) Toy bins, chest and baskets
Start with a good ole toy pick up.
Set aside a box or bin of toys that you could rotate out later.
Label bins with images for the younger kids & written words for older kids.
Delegate a bin for "tiny toys" so it's out of your sight but easy to access.
Purge any toys that are no longer loved or broken.
16) Kitchen Counter & Appliances
Remove all kitchen counter items and appliances.
Wipe down the counter surfaces.
Empty out the crumbs from your toaster.
Wipe down each appliance, stove surface, and microwave.
Place appliance back in their home.
Sort through any papers/items that aren't "supposed" to be on the counter.
17) Kid’s Clothing
This can be fairly tedious, but also quick with a timer.
Start by hanging any laundry needing to be put away.
Save the folding for later (or at the end).
Sort through all clothes in the closet or dresser for sizes that no longer fit.
Store smaller sizes in a bin/bags to donate or purge.
Bring out new sizes & new items that will be worn next.
18) Organize All Shoes in the House
Pull all the shoes from the mud room, coat closet, each family member's closet.
Sort through the shoes that no longer fit, need repair, need a wash or no longer worn.
Place the most used daily/weekly pairs in an easy to access place.
Place "secondary" shoes in closets or bedrooms (gym shoes in gym bags, etc).
Give the mud room bench or shelves a fresh wipe down.
19) Power Laundry Fold
Just as it says....set the timer for 20 min max.
Fold as much laundry as you can before the timer goes off.
Start with your most needed laundry items.
Sort your laundry by "clothes to hang" & "clothes to fold."
20) Sort & Organize Your Jewelry ⠀
Start by putting away the easy to grab items: small earrings, rings, bracelets.
Leave the tangled necklaces for last.
Use organizing trays or jewelry stands/hooks to keep them separated.
Sort through items to purge what you don't love, don't wear or might be broken.
Place jewelry in their designated home.
Give any surfaces, selves, caddies or storage containers a wipe down.
Remember, this is all about doing a little something to help keep these areas a little tidier. We do this to ease the visual stress by picking up, not perfecting. Also, we can easily feel overwhelmed OR get caught up in the task, so try to stick to the 20 minute timer as a tracker.
You can always come back to do more.