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Blog: Take The Stress Out Of Housecleaning
How to Clean Your Attic

This is an area of our homes that we forget until we are up there looking for something and can't find it. Then we vow that on the next nice day we are really going to 'clean this mess' and get it organized. It has probably been in the same shape since the day that you moved into your home and organization just 'isn't going to happen' unless you set a time and day to do it.
This is the perfect time of year to get it accomplished, the weather is turning cooler so it isn't too hot the thought of Christmas and hanging all of the decorations is coming to the front of our minds and the kids are back in school, so we don't have little hands 'helping' us.
Get some boxes, a label maker, some colored construction paper and a ton of garbage bags and let's get going.
Go through the attic and through out everything that you see that you no longer need, forgot that you had and probably didn't use and everything that is broken, discolored and fading. Now that should have made a BIG difference.
Now tackle any boxes that have clothes in them. Why are you keeping these? Do you still plan to wear them? Are they hand-me-downs with no new home to go to? Sort these things out, give them away or plan for an end of the year garage sale and label and price them.
The next thing on the list is all of those cute decorations for the Holidays; Easter, 4th of July, Christmas etc. Go through those boxes and rearrange them, get rid of broken things and things that you don't use etc. Then, label the box by using your label maker and a color of construction paper that matches the occasion. Red and Green for Christmas, blue, red and white for the fourth of July, pink, green and lavender for Easter etc. Now you can stand at the top of your stairs and just look for the right color instead of digging through a ton of boxes.
As you are doing this, you may want to make a list of things that need to be replaced and tape that to the outside of the box. Better yet, add it to your notepad, so when you come across good deal at the stores you can replace these things and save money too.
These are just a few steps to help to get you started in cleaning out that mess in your attic!
Jan Hayner is a Professional Organizer that helps to you work Smarter-NOT Harder. Check out her website at www.organizingyourlifetheeasyway.com for more tips and hints. Get her free checklists and pamphlets too.

posted on: 9/19/2008 10:00:00 AM by Jan Hayner
category: Homes

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by Lynne on 9/26/2011 4:41:47 PM:

"Go through the attic and THROW out everything that you see that you no longer need" not "through out"

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Jan Hayner is a Professional Organizer and the creator of www.organizingandcleaning.com filled with tips and hints on home organizing and house cleaning shortcuts. After years and years of making mistakes and wasting money she has used her own experiences to help take the stress out of life. There are so many shortcuts to cleaning and organizing, that when you apply them, you will have time for the fun things in life!

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