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Quick Cleaning Tip: Keep the Floor Clear

“I’ve read your book and have weeded and organized several rooms. Other than a daily 30-second per room cleanup, what are some other quick cleaning tips for keeping things (mostly) organized?”

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Give priority to keeping the floor clear! When I organize a space, the first thing I do is clear the floor. It makes it easier to do the rest of the project. Imagine any room in your home with the floor cluttered and the surfaces clear. Now picture this same room with surfaces cluttered but the floor clear. Which space seems easier to live in and clean? Your home will be easier to maintain and enjoy if you can move around without tripping. So if you have to set something down without putting it away, drop it on a table or chair rather than the floor.

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