“The first thing to do is to have a plan. You can’t just dive right it. It keeps you from feeling overwhelmed,” said self-taught organizing expert Deniece Schofield.
Schofield will present a seminar on the topic in Augusta on March 21. Author of five books, Schofield will advise homeowners on organizing a kitchen, bathroom, craft room, toy box and other easily cluttered spaces.
Writing a list of cleaning tasks, prioritizing their necessity and recruiting family or hiring professionals helps even the most time-pressed cleaner. Schofield suggests starting with spaces that haven’t been cleaned in several months.
When time doesn’t allow for tough cleaning, removing clutter and organizing drawers and cabinets can give the appearance of a tidy house.
“Straightening things out will cover a myriad of sins,” she said.
To start, clear out the clutter from a small area and wipe down the drawer, cabinet or counter with a cleaning solution.
Throw out broken and unused items and return useful items to the space with labeled categories, she said.
When an item is misplaced in a disorganized area, people spend time searching for the item or run to the store to buy a replacement, Schofield said. Focus on areas that make the morning and dinner time rush more difficult.