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Friday, December 12, 2008

To clean or to neaten, that is the question!?

The holiday crunch is on. Now may not be the best time to clear clutter. With all the holiday decorations out, it may not even be the best time to clean, or, at least, the holiday clutter can make cleaning difficult.

Here's a thought. Consider spending a few minutes to neaten, rather than clean, each room. Rooms that have been neatened have advantages:

1. Rooms look cleaner.
2. Rooms are easier to clean if they've been neatened.

What is neatened?

I look at it as going through each room, maybe a 10-minute clockwise pass-through, and reducing or eliminating the extraneous stuff which would include: paper/magazine clutter, things in one room that belong somewhere else, things that need to be put away, and non-holiday decor that can take a break until after the holidays.

What have I forgotten?

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