- Make your bed. Seriously, it's amazing what making a bed will do. Make this a habit, everyday the person who is the last to get out of bed is the one who has to make it. Once this becomes a daily habit, it is much easier to keep your Master bedroom clean. Try it for a week and see the difference. This is such a small task (it should take 3 minutes MAX) and will make such an impact on your bedroom.
- Clean out the medicine cabinet. Go through and get rid of expired medicines, you may think that they're still good, they're not. They lose their potency after time and so you'd be stuck with taking double or triple the dose, and that's not cool nor is it safe. Take expired prescription meds to a pharmacist, don't throw them away and do not flush them down the toliet = bad for the environment. Get rid of lotions and shampoos from hotels, especially if they're over a year old. Ick. They're just clutter, if you haven't used them you're not going to. And don't tell me you're saving them for guests, I think they'll be fine using your regular shampoos and conditioners! A good idea for those old shampoo bottles--donate them to a local shelter if they're still good! A lot of shelters need basics like soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc. Better to donate them where they can get some use than to a landfill!
- Go through your nail polish. I have a separate nail polish container where I keep my nail polish, cotton balls, finger nail files, and polish remover. Keep whatever colors you use on a regular basis and dump anything that's over a year old. It gets too clumpy anyway and you'll be frustrated gooping it on. Limit your nail polish to five colors. You really don't need anymore than that anyway! Keep the ones you love, donate the remainders to your friends.
- Clean out the fridge. Chuck any questionable leftovers, moldy food items, and condiments that have been neglected. Do a quick wipe down with some environmentally foodsafe cleanser (baking soda and vinegar help get rid of sticky messes!) and you'll be surprised at how much room you actually have. Now you'll be able to see what food you have and you'll be more likely to eat it. Oh, and for you non-vegetarians, PLEASE keep your raw meat on the bottom shelf. It is more likely to drip juices and transfer potential icky bacteria to other foods if you keep it on the top shelf.
- Organize your desk at work. Go through each drawer and get rid of multiples (do you really need 3 rolls of tape?). Your work supply closet should be stocked so you don't need to keep so many items in your desk, keep only what you need. Toss any pens that don't write smooth and get rid of dried-up highlighters. A clean desk equals time that you don't have to spend digging for items and it really will help you work better, clutter that's hidden in your desk or ON your desk just creates mental fog. You'd be surprised once you clean out the knicknacks, crappy pens, and papers scattered everywhere, you'll be a lot happier and more productive.
- At the end of the day, clean out your car. Get a grocery store plastic bag and clean out all the trash, straw wrappers, receipts, etc. Take inside any coats, books, extra shoes, or any other item that has no place in your car. If you have a clean backseat with no junk on the floor you will enjoy your car ride more. Also without all of that, you're probably have a less likely chance of getting your car broken into. With nothing to see, thieves have nothing to steal. Tip: Keep a few plastic bags in your car for instances such as these, this makes cleaning out your car very easy and takes but a few minutes.
I hope these tips help you get started! As I think of more, I will post them. I love to hear your ideas too! Please leave your comments, I love giving ideas as well as GETTING new ideas!