Keeping it up is the final step in the Q.U.I.C.K. way of decluttering your home and/or preparing it for sale.

Now you can enjoy the fruits of your labor but not for long. Getting you to this place it’s not the importance of quantifying, unloading, isolating and containing but now more than ever to be reminded of the importance of why you keep your home orderly.

Benefits of Upkeep

Keeping it up will help keep you in more peace, tranquility and orderliness. If you have your home on the market, you won’t mind having those spur of the moment buyers dropping in to see your home. If you aren’t selling, it is still the same when it’s those unexpected friends or family stopping by to say hello.

So how does one keep it up after bringing the home in an orderly condition?  You will need to create daily routines, weekly routines and then monthly routines. This is where you will need to create the habit of the dreaded D word, “discipline.”

Routine Discipline

Those everyday routines may include having the children pick up their toys and put them in their designated places. To have the family put the dishes in the sink or dishwasher once they are leaving from the table. For those dirty clothes at the end of the day, put them in the hamper to be washed.

The weekly routines can be taking care of processing the mail at the end of the week. Especially getting rid of those unnecessary coupons and junk mail that came in. Another area is gathering up the recyclables and turning them in for cash if that is up your ally; or putting it into the proper recyclable container for the local pick up.

When it comes to the monthly routines, some examples include going through the old magazines and getting rid of them as the new ones come into the mail. It may also be carrying off the box of clothes to be donated to your local Salvation Army because of the new clothes that may have come in.

Use Your Judgement

There are numerous subjects, activities and locations that I have not mentioned but use your best judgment when it comes to keeping it up. If you had a problem collecting newspapers/magazines, then know this is an area you will have to pay especially close attention too.

The last tip when it comes to keeping it up is consider borrowing items from friends and family if it is something that you will not need in an everyday, weekly, or even monthly manner. For example, if you want to shampoo your carpets but do not have the proper storage space, then consider doing the borrow method or at least the rent way.

I hope you found these 5 steps in the Q.U.I.C.K. way to decluttering your home helpful.  If you are having a challenge in bringing your home into order on your own, you may want to Use A Pro by finding a professional organizer in your local area.

What step did you find most challenging in bringing your home into order?