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Your Guide to a Spotless, Beautifully Organized Home

Use our 7-day plans to bring order and cleanliness to each room of your house

Clutter getting out of hand, or just feel it’s time for a deep clean? Our seven-day plans for cleaning and organizing your home, room by room, offer a flexible blueprint for bringing serenity to your space. Each plan is organized with the first few days requiring the most work, so you can get started on a weekend. This will allow you to get a jump start and finish up smaller tasks in the evenings during the week — but you can always pick and choose among tasks to better fit your needs (and your time). Jump to the room that needs the most help or start at the beginning and do them all.
Garage. Ready to reclaim some space in your garage? This plan can help. Get help deciding what to keep and what to toss, learn the best methods for cleaning up oil stains and — once you’ve cleared and cleaned make your own storage map, so you never have trouble finding what you need again.

Getting started: Take a moment to set up several areas for hazardous waste, garbage, recycling, things to donate, things to sell and things to keep. Rent a Dumpster if you need it, but keep in mind that you should be able to recycle, donate or sell most of what you no longer want or need.

Once you have your zones in place, begin pulling things out of your garage and sorting them. (Don’t try to sort stuff in your garage — you won’t be able to really clean or organize your garage if you try to sort it in place.)

What to keep:

  • Important memorabilia
  • Things you have used within the past 12 months
  • Things you have a definite plan to use in the near future (such as workout gear you forgot you owned)
  • Spare materials for your home, such as paint and tile
Get rid of everything else.