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  • in reply to: Cleaning an impossible, beyond cluttered home #81369
    SliderCrank
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    Lyxi, I’ve got the same problem in my shop since some people helped me move things, and my office is starting to get that way. You can’t put everything in its place if you have more things than places. You and I both need to reduce the number of things we have. I’m trying to sell what I can, give the rest of the unnecessary acceptable things to the Waterfront Mission thrift store, and throw much of the rest away. When I’ve cut it down to my size, I can worry about organizing it.

    Good luck!

    in reply to: Cleaning an impossible, beyond cluttered home #81261
    SliderCrank
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    This works for me. For instance, I would stand at one end of my apartment with my back against the wall, arms stretched out and turned so my palms were flat to the wall.

    “Okay, this wall is the clean line. Everything behind it is clean.” The I would start cleaning off tables, the couch, whatever was closest to the wall, moving things as needed, like a glass left by a chair that belonged in the dishwasher. When I’d cleaned enough space I’d declare a new temporary clean line, get the vacuum, move furniture as required, and vacuum up to the clean line. Then I would declare a new permanent clean line.

    Repeat as many times as necessary, moving the clean line until it reached the far wall of the apartment. It’s called the clean line because it has one purpose: everything behind the line is clean. There is one rule: NOTHING EVER MOVES, EVEN TEMPORARILY, BACK ACROSS THE CLEAN LINE. You can apply this to a small apartment or to a house, one room at the time.

    I found that, for me, bluegrass music and Sousa marches were best at keeping me moving. That, and before I started I would call several friends and invite them over for dinner that evening.

    Good luck.

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