"I decided to tackle my room one weekend, and now it's spotless!"
How I did it: I went through the pile of junk that had built up on top of my desk (and just about every other horizontal surface). I threw out what I could, and sorted the rest.
I realised that it's important to have a place for everything. The things that I didn't have a place for, and didn't want to make a place for because I didn't really care if I had them around anyway, went into a box and out of the way.
After the initial cleanup round, I removed all the spider webs from the ceiling, attacked every horizontal surface with a microfiber cloth (these were a great help for me), vacuumed, changed my bedsheets, cleaned the sink, opened the windows and let some light in. I then put the things that I really wanted to keep back on my desk and shelves, in an organized way.
I feel more at rest in my room now. Every bit of junk represents a decision put off, and a loose end in your mind. Cleaning is very zen, in that respect. :)
Lessons & tips: One of the things that kept putting me off was the thought of how much stuff I'd have to throw away. I get easily attached to items and wasn't looking forward to having to throw out any of the useless clutter I'd built up.
In the end, I didn't throw out much; I just put whatever I couldn't bring myself to throw away at that moment into a box, and stored the box out of the way. I barely even remember what's in there right now, and if I don't miss anything I guess I can just throw everything out or give it away.
Music while cleaning is good. I recommend energetic music that's good for a workout (generally between 120 and 140 BPM).
Resources: These websites got me started:
but most of my inspiration came from the Dutch book Schoon!, by Claudette Halkes. It was a very useful resource, full of tips and tricks about basic cleaning. I don't know if any English translations exist, sorry.
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