Use The Tabula Rasa Method To Deep Clean And Reboot A Room

Cleaning a room is one thing. Figuring out what you can actually do in a room, and what you should do, is something you should try in regularly cluttered spaces. Try a total "clean slate" clean of a room, Post-It notes included.

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Erin Doland at the Unclutterer blog suggests taking time out on a weekend, or whenever you can keep out of a room for a while, to pull a tabula rasa, totally clean-slate room cleaning. First, pull everything out of the room and into the hallway or another space, in rough piles of purpose. Then:

Once everything is out of the room, assess the space: Are any of the fixtures damaged? Does any paint need to be applied? Is every surface as clean as possible? Do any light bulbs need to be replaced? Do you need new storage shelves? When the room is empty, now is the time to address these structural issues.

After making repairs and cleaning, walk through the space and evaluate how you use it: What do you do in this space? How could you arrange the room to best meet your needs? Using sticky notes, label zones based on what you do in that area. If working in your bathroom, the sink area might be labelled "Toothbrushing, makeup application/shaving, hand washing."

Ever find out that you can do much more with a room than you once thought?

The tabula rasa method of uncluttering and organizing a room [Unclutterer]


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