Clean Sweep – Week One

August is the one month of the year we rarely have any exciting trips planned.  As my kids are on a balanced calendar, school starts August 1st, so we are in the midst of getting back on a regular schedule.  Homework is beginning, sports are heating up – it’s just not a good time to travel.

I do find it IS a good time to do a clean sweep of the house.  A clutter-free and clean house means that if a fun opportunity comes along, we can take off without any guilt.  It also means less time is spent cleaning, which means more free time can be spent planning our next vacation!  If I can’t take a trip, at least I can be planning one!

For the next three weeks, I’ll take you through a fantastic clean sweep process.  It’s based heavily off of Lisa Bryne’s whole house sweep.  Week one is all about assessing where you are, clearing out the old and planning for the new.

I like to do one or two rooms of the house each day – so it takes me about a week to get through this process.  Monday I start with the bedrooms; Tuesday is the living area; Wednesday is the bathrooms; Thursday is the kitchen, and Friday is my office and the laundry room.  One room at a time feels less stressful and it typically takes less than an hour to accomplish.

Ready to begin?

Grab a notebook, a pencil, a trash bag and a laundry basket.  Walk into the room(s) you are working on and immediately put any trash in the trash bag.  Next, anything that doesn’t belong in that room goes into the laundry basket.  Now, take a close look at the room.  What function does it need to do for your family?  Are there any systems or methods of organization that would help it perform that function better?  Are there any systems in place today that aren’t working?  Write down your answers and thoughts in your notebook.  Go put everything that’s in the laundry basket away where it belongs.

The physical work for this room is done, so grab yourself a drink and find a comfy place to relax.  Sit down with your notebook and thoughts and start brainstorming ways to make the room you just worked on a better place for your family.  Write down a list of anything you need to purchase or change.

That’s it for week one.  I’d love to hear if you are following along and what you’ve discovered.  I’ll be posting my progress daily on my Facebook Page, so head over there and see what I’m changing and to share ideas.


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  1. Pam – I’d give anything to be able to do this right about now! We have been remodeling our house for the last 1 1/2 years and at any given time at least one section of the house is in total chaos! On a good note – as each room gets done and I unpacked boxes of stuff that goes in that room I do go through and purge a ton of stuff. Soon I keep telling myself I will have my house back!

    1. Nikki, I’ve been there – we remodeled an entire house a few years ago. Everything was ALWAYS dusty and a mess. But good for you to purge as you unpack – that will make it easier to keep it clean down the road!

  2. Agreed with a room at a time. With summer break, clean and organized the house seems impossible, lol. I always have bunch of kids playing here and hang out at my house every day. I need to wait until school is started, in the mean time, I just pick stuff here and there, lol

  3. I think that half the battle is making the decision to do this type of cleaning. The method you’re using makes sense. I like the idea of doing the basic stuff and then spending time thinking and planning how the space could be better utilized for your family. That’s smart!

  4. I’ve been wanting to do a clean sweep of our house since “spring cleaning” lol! I get a little done then we get busy. I just need to plan it out and block days off, lol!

  5. This is inspiring. I need to have a clean, uncluttered working area before we begin our year, too. And by working area, I mean, ENTIRE house. LOL

  6. We are moving our daughter into her college dorm this weekend and we will clean, organize and decorate. We will make a list of things to purchase from the store. Great tips, thank you for sharing 🙂

  7. This is so great! With a baby and a toddler, and often other kids visiting, it is so hard to keep everything organized. Pretty much everything I put away, my little girl will soon get back out. Why do we even have toys when mommy’s things are sooo much more fun to play with, ha! I do love the idea of doing one room at a time, which I usually try to do. But I have never thought of bringing a laundry basket in with me to collect everything that goes elsewhere. Definitely trying that tomorrow! Thanks for the great tips!

    1. I remember those days. I miss the kids playing with the toys, but I don’t miss them all over the house. The laundry basket is a great way to contain everything yet it’s easy to carry around.

  8. I so very agree with your post! I love getting back on schedule, and I love to have a clean home! We are working on removing additional clutter so we can have a very easy to clean home.

  9. Such a great idea! We moved into our new home last year, and one of the things I loved about it was the opportunity to start fresh – I looked at each room and tried to think about how to make it as functional as possible. I love the idea of doing this as a regular thing!

  10. This seems so simplistic and difficult all at the same time – lol!!! I’d love to get to this point. Going to think a little harder about trying this out.

  11. What a great idea! I love how you break it into chunks and have scheduled brain storming time to really be intentional with each room! ❤️

  12. I love when I encounter other people who appreciate a tidy, well-organized home. I try to keep rooms clutter free, but having a houseful of kids makes that an involved process. I really love the idea of evaluating a room’s purpose and moving on from there.

  13. This is a great way to start sorting and organizing a house! Having just moved i still have a lot of stuff in boxes, but once we are unpacked Ill have to give this a shot!

  14. I love the feeling of having a clean home. In our family, we call it a Deep Clean and it’s the best feeling in the world when it’s done!

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