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1. Make a list.
Make a list of all the rooms in your house, then think of all the things that need to be done and write them down. Don't just hope you'll remember it, write it down and keep your notebook close, in case you think of something else that needs to be done.
2. Don't be afraid to toss out old stuff.
I am the world's worst when it comes to keeping things for emotional reasons. I have the hardest time getting rid of stuff, but I am slowly running out of room, so it's either let it go or be overrun by crap, I choose the former. When trying to decide what to throw out and what to keep, I use a 6 month rule. If I haven't seen it, worn it or used it in the last 6 months, I toss or donate it.
3. Use the right tools for the job.
4. Don't over-do it.
Face it, you're human, you are not Superwoman. What has taken several months to accumulate can not be fixed in one day. If you get overwhelmed, enlist help from your family. Sometimes, it's better to just kick them all out and storm your way through it and sometimes you want them to feel your pain, so you ask for help. Either way, you got this and if it takes more then a day or ten to get it done, who cares? Unless you are hosting company, no one will know.
5. Break it down.
If you find yourself getting bogged down or overwhelmed, break it down to a room/day. Start with the hardest and work your way down from there. Getting the worst room out of the way first will give you the motivation you'll need to get the other areas done.
6. Don't stress it.
If you can't get it all done as quickly as you want, don't bug out. Rome wasn't built in a day and I'm sure it took longer than that to clean it up too. I mean, the mess and dust bunnies have been there for the past few months, what's one more day, besides, even when you do finally get it clean, the family will just mess it all up again anyways.