Cleaning clutter doesn't have to be overwhelming

Tuesday, July 15th 2008, 11:03 pm
By: News 9

By Melissa Maynarich, NEWS 9

Marci Miller said being a mother and trying to keep a clean household is a tough job.

"Being a busy mom with four kids, I find it tough to keep things organized. We have a lot going on," Miller said.

Miller wanted to put some pep in her step, and help her family get clean.

"If we didn't make it so difficult or maybe made it a little more fun, then maybe we could get it done," Miller said.

To help Miller get her household clean, she met with organizational expert Alicia Rockmore who said cleaning clutter doesn't need to be a dirty deed.

"Put a trash can in every single room," Rockmore said. "The easier it is to throw stuff out, the easier it will be for people to do it."

Rockmore also encouraged Miller to donate or toss anything she hasn't used in six months. Finally, she advised Miller to stock up on shelves, baskets and bins because they make it easy to stack and store.

Rockmore said bins and foldable hampers also make it easier for children to lend a hand.

While someone can clean up, they can also shape up. Self Magazine's Dana Points said it's important to remember to clean safely.

"You're going to feel pain from cleaning the way you might feel from over-exertion in exercise," Points said.

Points said that pain can show up in the elbows, shoulders, and knees. She advises cleaners to have realistic expectations.

"Don't try to do too much in one day," Points said. "Prepare your work space. If you need a ladder, go get it."

Miller said with Rockmore's help and a little elbow grease, cleaning isn't as daunting as it used to be.

"Everything in my house is now clean and organized and we had a great time doing it," Miller said.