Day 1 – The Twelve Days of Christmas Cleaning

by StephBuckwalter on December 3, 2012

Let’s start with the entryway to your home. This is the first thing that people see. If people come in from a side door or through a garage, that is your main entryway.


Walk in through your main entry and take a good look around. Put yourself in the shoes of your visitors. What jumps out at you? Are there smudge prints on the walls? Fur balls under the fish tank? Skid marks on the wall from shoes carelessly tossed toward the basket? Mail piled on the side table? Those are the unsightly things you want to eliminate. Clear the entry of anything that doesn’t belong there. For now, toss it into another room in the main area and we’ll deal with it  in the next few days. Organize what’s left. Here are some ideas for what you might find there and how to organize:

  • Shoes. Put away in a closet, toss them in a basket, put them on a shoe rack.
  • Mail. Go through it and throw away all junk mail. Put the rest in a basket large enough to hold your usual accumulation.
  • Toys. Remove them to areas of the house where they belong.
  • Coats and jackets. Tuck them away in closets or on hooks.
  • Bookbags or briefcases. Find a temporary home for them away from the front door for the holidays.
  • Stuff spilling out of closets. Sort it into boxes that will stack neatly and put the boxes in the closet. Label the boxes so you can find what you are looking for. If you have seasonal items that are currently in use, don’t box those. Put them where they can be easily reached. Use over-the-door hanging storage for scarves, gloves, shoes, hats, or other small items. If your closet is too small for the number of coats you have or you don’t have room for guests’ coats, mount a board with hooks on it and put frequently used coats there. Tip: If you can mount the hooks directly over or under a vent, it helps to dry damp clothing.

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Star December 4, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Thank you, Stephanie. I finished day one.

Stephanie Buckwalter December 6, 2012 at 1:53 AM

Good job, Star! I had to bail on the first day due to middle school angst discussions with my son. I plan to work on this room on Saturday when I’ll have much more free time.

Rowena Soriano Gonzalez Aldrid December 12, 2012 at 4:16 PM

i FINALLY got around to this! i feel so accomplished!

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