This is how a clean­ing ex­pert or­ga­nizes her space 20 min­utes at a time

Texarkana Gazette - - HOME & GARDEN - Do­maine By Kelsey Clark

Like clock­work, the turn of the sea­son al­ways has us think­ing about our homes and how we can best refresh our spa­ces for the com­ing months. While the Chi­nese prac­tice of feng shui or the Marie Kondo method are great tools, ba­sic clean­ing and or­ga­ni­za­tion ob­vi­ously take prece­dence.

But for those of us who balk at the idea of tak­ing on a six-hour clean­ing project on a Satur­day, there’s Rachel Hoff­man’s book, “Unf*ck Your Habi­tat: You’re Bet­ter Than Your Mess,” which Busi­ness In­sider says is “just as much about self-em­pow­er­ment as it is about tak­ing care of your home.”

Be­low, read up on Hoff­man’s re­al­is­tic clean­ing tips that will leave your home sparkling in just 20 to 30 min­utes.

The 20/10 rule. This sim­ply means clean­ing for 20 min­utes and rest­ing for 10 min­utes. This is Hoff­man’s go-to strat­egy for avoid­ing what she calls “marathon clean­ing,” or when a deep-clean­ing binge makes your apart­ment messier (and more over­whelm­ing) than when you started. It helps when you break clean­ing up into “a se­ries of smaller chunks of time” so that each task has a “def­i­nite be­gin­ning and a def­i­nite end.”

Gam­ify clean­ing. “Look around. Find 10 things that aren’t where they be­long. Put them away,” sug­gests Hoff­man. Or, “take 10 min­utes and re­set as much as you can back to clean. Put items away, throw trash out, and hang up or put away your clothes un­til the timer goes off.”

Em­brace your own ver­sion of min­i­mal­ism. Re­mem­ber that those glossy home shots on Pin­ter­est or Instagram aren’t al­ways re­al­is­tic; you don’t need to get rid of all your stuff to have a stylish space. She sug­gests think­ing about “what a re­al­is­tic and at­tain­able amount of stuff to have is,” and re­mem­ber, “if some­thing’s very pres­ence in your home stresses you out, why are you keep­ing it?”

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