There are three tasks in home keeping that are often lumped together, we try to do them all at once and end up overwhelmed and frustrated. To simplify my home keeping I follow these steps.
De-Clutter: First throw away garbage, give things away you don’t use, are broken, have extras, need repairing or replacing.
Organize: Put things away, pick up and stay focused. When you think you need more storage or space it’s time to get rid of stuff.
Clean: This is a separate task but dependent on the other two. Cleaning is easier and faster if we de-clutter and organize first.
I don't do this all in one day either. Sometimes I do a day of decluttering and then a day of organizing and a quick clean. Sometimes I get after a specific room. I like to break down these tasks into smaller steps so I don't get discouraged.
I often get disgusted with all the stuuffffff we accumulate. On Wednesday I cleared out 5 bags of garbage (paper, broken toys, things that needed to get gone) and 6 bags to donate and sell at my friends garage sale.