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  • Get a Clean Start: Tips for a Cleaner and More Organized Home

    Kick 2014 off with organization projects to keep your home clean and to make room for the New Year.
    by Chinggay Labrador .
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    Having the proper tools helps cut down cleaning time as well. “Always have three balikbayan boxes ready: one labeled ‘keep’, the other ‘throw’, and the last ‘give away,’” says Maslog. “Labeling is key to organizing. Every box, drawer, and cabinet should be labeled to keep things neat throughout the year and not just during the process of spring cleaning.”

    Spring cleaning is also a great opportunity to bond with your kids and involve family. 

    “Have your child lay out her toys, and ask which ones she is willing to discard and which ones she wants to keep,” advises architect and mom Ciel Tagaza. “Children are naturally helpful. As long as you make the activity sound and look fun, they will do the task willingly. Have your child help you pack away or group her toys in storage bins.”

    Making the process of organization a family task can help take a load off your shoulders as well. “Having a garage sale every year after everything is sorted out is a good way to put in some family time,” says Maslog. “You can give half of your profit to charity, and the other half can go to dinner and a movie out with the kids.”

    Timing is also important when spring cleaning. After the holidays, kids will have accumulated many new toys and clothes and may be more ready to give up older items. Take advantage of this time, and get them to edit their closets and cabinets before finding ways to fit every new (and old) item in.

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    “Staying organized takes commitment and time,” says Maslog. “Others think of it as part of home management, but for me, it is one thing that I can do something about that I have control of.” View spring cleaning as an opportunity instead of a tiresome task to keep you motivated to stay organized. It will help you stick through it ‘til your next cleanup.”

     

    1. Maximize your space 

     Work on the different areas of your home with these practical space-savers.

     

    Kids’ play room

      Install overhead shelves instead of stand cabinets for additional display or storage.

    Stack toy bins for easy access when kids play in the room. Group toys according to theme.

    Keep the play space as open as possible. Put an activity table in the corner of the room next to the shelves with craft materials, or save space by using lap desks instead of a table.

     

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